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In Pictures: Beautiful lights shine on Bád Eddie for Christmas

first_imgFans of the iconic Donegal shipwreck Bád Eddie will be able to see it in a whole new light this Christmas thanks to some incredible teamwork by locals.Bád Eddie was last night adorned with Christmas lights to become a spectacular festive scene on Magherclogher beach, Bunbeg.Bád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSThe display was created by a group of neighbours from Strand Road, with Padraig Ó Domhnaill designing the stars. The lights were turned on by Mary O’ Donnell, Liam Gillespie and Nell Cullen – all who have watched the comings and goings around the boat since she arrived on the beach in 1977. Ní neart go cur le chéile (There is strength in unity) – and this wonderful collaboration highlights the beauty of the weakening shipwreck.Bád Eddie is one of Donegal’s most photographed landmarks – and now people all over the world can enjoy some beautiful new festive scenes, thanks to these photos from Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID Productions:Bád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONSBád Eddie is decorated for Christmas 2019. Photo by Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig from LIGID TV PRODUCTIONS   In Pictures: Beautiful lights shine on Bád Eddie for Christmas was last modified: December 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bad EddieBunbegCHristmasGweedorelast_img read more

Hughes: Julio Cesar is as good as Schmeichel and Southall

first_imgMark Hughes says QPR’s Julio Cesar is among the best goalkeepers he has ever seen.The Rangers boss, a former Manchester United colleague of Peter Schmeichel and international team-mate of Everton legend Neville Southall, believes Cesar is as good as them both in their prime.“Over the years I had the pleasure of playing with the likes of Schmeichel and Southall, and he’s right up there,” Hughes said.“It’s not only his ability as a keeper. His mentality in the dressing room is huge for us and that’s a benefit we’ll tap into.“He understands what it takes and he drives people around him. He inspires people with his manner and his presence.“He’s on a par with the top keepers in the world in my view.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Nature Takes Note of Religious Influence

first_imgThe surprisingly strong show of support for moral issues in the recent U.S. election has been the talk of the news for weeks now, and Big Science can’t ignore it.  “The voices of religion are more prominent and influential than they have been for many decades,” begins a prominent editorial in Nature1 Dec. 9, entitled ”Where theology matters.”  But taking note of it is about all it can recommend: “Researchers, religious and otherwise, need to come to terms with this, while noting that some dogma is not backed by all theologians.”    The “dogma” of mention is primarily doctrine that leads to positions against abortion and stem cell research – namely that of Catholics and evangelical Christians, as portrayed by Tony Reichhardt and two assistants in a news feature exploring varying religious views on embryonic stem-cell research.2  In the section on evangelicals, Reichhardt quotes Bible verses they use to support their view that life begins at conception: in particular, Psalm 139:13 and Jeremiah 1:5.  These are the religions that give scientists the most grief over bioethics.  Presumably the diversity of views listed implies that scientists do not need to take the arguments of evangelicals and Catholics all that seriously, because so many other religious groups disagree.  But in the same issue, Nature3 published a surprisingly friendly news feature about the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhists, admiring their spirituality and support for “science.”    The editors realize this is an old fight, but claim problems arise when religion and science encroach on each other’s turf.  Why not just accept the views of Aquinas or Einstein or the Pope, and let each field live and let live?The reason is that the two traditions regularly stray onto each other’s territories and stir up trouble.  Consider the political battles over the teaching of ‘creationism’ and ‘intelligent design’ in schools – an attempt by some religious people to foist their beliefs, masquerading as science on others.  Science bases its conclusions on empirical data, not on the authority of the Talmud, Bible or Koran.  And even though some may find it distressing that science recognizes no god, forcing it to do so will only produce bad scienceBut lest the reader think all fault is on the religious side, the editorial quickly adds, “Meanwhile science, allied with business, is encroaching on religion’s turf by unleashing technologies that raise profound questions about human nature.”  Nature’s advice?  “Religious thinkers and secular ethicists are right to raise concerns, and scientists shouldn’t just charge ahead without listening to them.”  In testimony on the President’s Council on Bioethics, for instance, the editors were “struck by the high-mindedness and sincerity of the discussion.”  They recommend each side avoid caricaturing the other, like “godless Frankensteins” versus “ignorant Bible-thumpers.”    The last line sounds like advice from one atheist to another: “Secular scientists (probably the majority) should avoid underestimating the influence and rights of those who believe that only a god can give meaning to the world, human suffering and mortality.”1Editorial, “Where theology matters,” Nature 432, 657 (09 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432657a.2Tony Reichhardt, “Religion and science: Studies of faith,” Nature 432, 666 – 669 (09 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432666a.3Jonathan Knight, “Religion and science: Buddhism on the brain,” Nature 432, 670 (09 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432670a.They just don’t get it, do they?  This article gives only faint praise to non-atheists.  It basically says, “instead of charging ahead to redefine humanness and secularize all ethics, stop and listen for five seconds to the concerns of a few numbskulls who need the crutch of a god to give them meaning, then proceed to charge ahead and redefine humanness and secularize all ethics.  Just don’t give a microsecond of ear to those rascally creationists and ID folk who are trying to foist their beliefs on us unenlightened materialists.  Stop a moment to appease the religious folk by dropping a flower at the feet of the Dalai Lama and chanting a mantra, then get on with the business of our godless world view.”    Incredible.  They actually think that scientists base all their conclusions on empirical data.  They actually think intelligent design is religious.  They still believe that science and religion have non-overlapping magisteria, and that science is about fact and religion is about faith.  They actually still think their turf is values-free.  They really think all religions are equally valid and equally stupid in terms of dogma, but some are better when they don’t get in the way of unlimited mad science.  Can you believe it?  Nature, get real; this is 2004, not 1925 – where have you been?  You are like Sennacherib*, still boasting before the news arrived from Jerusalem.  You can intimidate the common folk on the wall, but don’t underestimate the angel of the Lord.  And don’t expect Charlie Nisroch to repay your adoration when you need him the most.*Isaiah 36-37.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa urges Western Cape residents to play their part

first_imgBrand South Africa was established in 2002 with the primary objective of developing and implementing a pro-active and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategy for the country.Speaking at the summit, Brand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola, said that the branding of South Africa is not a matter of choice but rather a necessity. It requires the concerted effort of all stakeholders in the Western Cape to achieve any real measure of success – government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia, sporting organisations and the like.Brand South Africa met with its stakeholders to rally their support on a unified approach to branding SA locally and internationally.“We are particularly pleased to have shared our active citizenship campaign – Play your Part – with the people of the Western Cape,” said Matola. Play your Part is a campaign encouraging all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools – to contribute to change in South Africa.“Addressing the guests at the summit, Brand South Africa board member, Mr. Essau Yacoub said that the economy of the province is built on agriculture and tourism.“So, what we, and South Africa, need is more tourists and more investment. How people see a country is vital in this regard.He continued to say, it may be a strange thought, but the image of a country, makes a vital contribution in attracting tourists, investors and in building trade relationships. So, again, just what we need, concluded Yacoub.Speaking at the summit, Mr Solly Fourie, Head of Department for Economic Development & Tourism in the Western Cape explained that as globalisation increases the production and movement of goods, services, investment and talent, perceptions of nations have to be actively managed.South Africa has just gone through four very important stages: it managed a widely acknowledged successful soccer world cup, came through the world-wide recession almost unscathed, became a part of the BRICS group of nations and held its fourth free and fair local elections since 1994. This has underlined that the country is an important developing nation in its own right.This has to be marketed to the world.He said that Brand South Africa met with President Jacob Zuma in May where the discussion centred around the need for business and government at all levels to work together to promote and market the successes of the country domestically and to the world.In conclusion, Mr. Essau Yacoub, said that the meeting affirmed Brand South Africa’s mandate, which is to focus on strategic issues relating to reputation and competitiveness of South Africa, both domestically and globally. The organisation needs to manage the perceptions of Brand South Africa and co-ordinate nation branding efforts through improved cooperation between itself, business and civil society.last_img read more

Google, Others Launch Social Crisis Platform for Missing Persons

first_imgIn partnership with Google, Bearstech and European Consulting Services, France’s Red Helmets Foundation has launched a global missing persons search engine, Missing.net. The goal is to provide an instant platform for those involved in a natural or humanitarian crisis and their family, friends and coworkers, to find each other. Until now, Google’s Crisis Response team provided Person Search sites on an ad hoc basis, including sites for the earthquake in Haiti and New Zealand, and the latest in Japan. Red Helmets hopes to make its comprehensive site an enduring, permanent global feature of rescue response. Tags:#Facebook#Google#international#Non-Profits#NYT#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Platform for the MissingThe alpha version has launched around the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Although people have been leaping forward to use social media to find lost loved ones and companies and groups have lent a hand, a permanent, optimized site specifically devoted to missing persons recovery in crisis situations is missing. This tool is designed to provide that and to promote it to both governmental groups, non-governmental charity organizations and people at large.Among the functions that are receiving a baptism by fire in the midst of the current crisis in Japan are the following. Missing person profile with information including photo, civil status, last knownhome address, physical descriptionResearch a missing person by keyword or browsing by profile elementsPost pictures and videos.Geographic localization of the victim on maps automatically integrated to the missing people’s profileAbility to bring feeds together around a disappearanceOne-click broadcast of found personFacebook and Twitter integrationThe service has elements of a platform, a search engine and a social network, as Sarah Aizenman, Red Helmets’ communications manager, told us. “Missing.net is a social collaborative network where you can upload lots of content to help the research between the declaration (of a missing person) and finding them. We want definitely to allow to all the potential witness to bring their contributions to find a missing people. As an NGO, we identified the humanitarian needs and we understood that they wanted to use a common tool to share and exchange data easily and quickly. With Missing.net, I hope that we will fulfill their expectations.”Missing.net can be used in French, English, Chinese, Russian, Arabic and Spanish so far. A History of Crisis Communications Red Helmets, chaired by former French Secretary of State for Victims Rights, Nicole Guedj, has a history of crisis communications and of collaboration. They created Emergesat, a telecommunications container of telecommunications designed to enable rescue teams to communicate in crisis areas when the traditional communication network has been destroyed. The container, developed in partnership with CNES and Thales Space, has been deployed with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees to refugee camps in Darfur and to Haiti after the earthquake. curt hopkins Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Preventing Accidental Dehumidification

first_imgBut hey, at least you can see it there. A more insidious form of accidental dehumidification happens inside building cavities. In the winter time, the air inside your home is more humid than the outdoor air.The condensing surfaces are — or should be — closer to outdoors. If you’ve got good double-pane windows and insulation in your home, the colder parts of the building are on the exterior side.Accidental dehumidification in wallsSo let’s say water vapor from indoors gets into a wall cavity. Let’s say that wall cavity is filled with insulation that doesn’t stop air movement, like fiberglass, cellulose, or mineral wool. That’s how most walls are insulated, after all.What happens when the water vapor gets through to the exterior side of that wall cavity? Unless the house has insulation on the outside of the sheathing, that sheathing (plywood or OSB usually) is going to be cold when it’s cold outdoors. It’s likely to be a condensing surface.If enough water vapor gets into the wall cavity, you can have some serious accidental dehumidification going there. That can result in rot and mold and indoor air quality problems. Not a good thing! It’s also in a hidden place, so you won’t see it like you do on the window.Preventing accidental dehumidificationThe physics makes it pretty clear what to do, right? Here are your options:Keep the air dry enough that it can’t find any condensing surfaces. Even if it gets into the wall cavity, the sheathing will be above the dew point if the air is really dry.Keep the indoor air at a decent humidity level but make sure that water vapor doesn’t get into the wall cavity. That mostly means making the interior side of the wall airtight, although there are situations where you might also need a vapor retarder to limit outward diffusion.Keep the exterior sheathing warmer by installing insulation on the exterior side.In short, you can reduce the amount of water vapor, you can keep the water vapor separated from the condensing surfaces, or you can eliminate condensing surfaces with exterior insulation. Which approach you choose to do depends on your situation, but the first option is usually the least preferable. You don’t want the indoor air to be too dry.I’ve been discussing accidental dehumidification in winter time here, but it happens in summer, too. The duct photo (see Image #2, below) shows condensation dripping from the bottom of a duct on a hot, muggy day in South Carolina. The wall photo (see Image #3, below) shows mold on the drywall inside a wall cavity, which happens when humid outdoor air finds its way to the condensing surface created by air conditioning the building. Whether it happens in winter or summer, though, accidental dehumidification generally isn’t a good thing.Thanks to Terry Brennan, James Cummings, and Joseph Lstiburek for suggesting the term “accidental dehumidification.” I was reading an article of theirs titled Unplanned Airflows and Moisture Problems on the plane the other day and that was one of the things they discussed. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESFundamentals of Psychrometrics, Part 1Fundamentals of Psychrometrics, Part 2Fundamentals of Psychrometrics, Part 3How to Use the Psychrometric ChartRating Windows for Condensation ResistanceAre Dew-Point Calculations Really Necessary?Q&A: Why do I have condensation on my windows? “Oops! The house just had an accident. Whose turn is it to clean it up?”Yep. We’re entering the season of accidental dehumidification. If you’ve got windows that start collecting water, like the one shown here, you’re a victim of accidental dehumidification. It’s not something you want in a building.Water vapor and condensing surfacesHere’s a quick lesson on accidental dehumidification.Air is a mixture of dry air and water vapor. (See my introduction to psychrometrics for more.)The dew point is the temperature at which the water vapor component of that air will start to condense, or go from the vapor to the liquid phase.Condensing surfaces, materials that are at or below the dew point, are where the action occurs. That window above is a condensing surface.Accidental dehumidification is happening on that window above because the glass and metal are colder than the dew point. If that happens occasionally, it’s not such a big deal. But if that window stays wet long enough, it can start rotting the wood around the window and growing mold.last_img read more

The Chromebook Pixel Is Doomed By A Major Identity Crisis

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts taylor hatmaker When they were introduced, Chromebooks made sense as a Google-branded evolution of the netbook for the tablet shy. But in 2013, consumers still don’t understand why there are so many versions of Android – much less what Google’s Chrome OS is or who it’s for. With the Chromebook Pixel, Google’s cloud-happy notebooks have created a full-on identity crisis. (See also Google Chromebook Pixel: Bold, Beautiful And Very, Very Expensive)Chromebooks Are Already ConfusingFollowing a leaked video and a typically detail-sparse report from The Wall Street Journal, Google has launched the Chromebook Pixel, an HD touchscreen notebook that will run on its Chrome operating system and retail starting at $1,299. The Pixel, with its high price and Google-built bare bones operating system is an odd bird. With a 239-pixels-per-inch display, the aptly-named Pixel one-ups Apple’s 13″ Retina MacBook Pro and its (paltry!) 227 PPI seemingly just for the hell of it. Oh, and it’s a touchscreen, too, meaning you can smear your fingerprints all over that beautiful display.The touchscreen means that beyond “taking on” the Retina MacBooks, Google’s Chromebook Pixel will also compete directly against Microsoft’s over-hyped, overpriced Surface tablets. But for all the buzz around hybrid devices that blur the line between notebooks and tablets (Lenovo Yoga, anyone?), consumers don’t seem to have the same hunger for them that they have for “pure” tablets. The advent of the touchscreen notebook was a weird side effect from 2010-era iPad panic – there’s no evidence that consumers even want a device that combines the power of a laptop with the finger-friendliness of a tablet. And if there was, a pricey notebook with a kajillion pixels running on the hamstrung Chrome OS probably wouldn’t be it.Missing The (Price) Point  Want a powerful notebook with a (pretty) nice screen for around $1,200? Buy the $1,199 13″ MacBook Air. Want to spend a little less for a slightly weirder device, or hung up on Windows 8 for some reason? Buy a Surface Pro. Drunk? Buy an Ultrabook!Google has gained market share in recent times by offering well-built, affordable alternatives. Android tablets like the Nexus 7 and even existing entry-level Chromebooks can chip away at the competition because Google can afford to undercut the its competitors on price – the most important spec of all. The Chromebook Pixel seems to have forgotten that lesson. At $249 and $199, the existing Chromebook line is a smartly priced alternative for users heavily invested in Google’s cloud ecosystem. Starting at $1,299, Google’s touchscreen Chromebook Pixel can only hope to attract inebriated would-be power users who wandered into the wrong aisle of Best Buy.On the Venn Diagram of people who need a serious computer and people willing to put up with the limitations of the Chrome OS, that little center slice is altogether empty.Photo by Mark Hachman.center_img Tags:#Android#Chrome#Chromebooks#Google#tablets What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more