Concerns grow over anti-social behaviour with fireworks in Letterkenny

first_imgFurther concern has been expressed over the use of fireworks in the county with local residents in Letterkenny being targeted. Locals in the Long Lane area of Letterkenny have come under what has been described as ‘major disruption’ in recent days with youths seen throwing fireworks at members of the public and vehicles.A spokesperson for Long Lane Area Residents Association said they had ‘serious concerns for the potential harm’. Speaking to Donegal Daily, they said: ” We have been experiencing people throwing fireworks for the third night now. Our members have been out and have seen youths and even grown adults along with them throwing fireworks.“This has caused major disruption and stress to young children, the elderly and pets being woken and severely startled.“Our members confronted some anti-social elements who had been setting off fireworks in the middle of the road and in front of resident’s homes.“We have serious concerns for the potential harm that may happen to people and the potential damage to resident’s property. “If this persists, then it will only be a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or worse,” they added.“This must stop as people in the Long Lane area want to live in peace.”It comes as Gardaí seized a haul of illegal fireworks in Buncrana and Clonmany last week.Speaking to Donegal Daily about the dangers of fireworks, the Donegal Fire Service said: “Fireworks are illegal in Ireland. It is illegal to possess fireworks in Ireland that may have been legally purchased outside the country.“Illegal fireworks may not be manufactured to the appropriate safety standards and can ignite prematurely causing serious injury to the user or to others in the vicinity particularly children. “Members of the public are asked not to buy, use or supply fireworks and parents are requested to monitor their children and make sure they do not play with fireworks including bangers.“Every year children end up tragically injured and often scarred for life after using illegal fireworks.”Concerns grow over anti-social behaviour with fireworks in Letterkenny was last modified: September 27th, 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

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Gallery: Bricks and mortar make better schools

first_imgSince 2009, South Africa’s Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative, known as Asidi, has been building, renovating and providing essential water, sanitation and electricity to schools across the country, improving education – particularly for rural children.Middel Qutsa Senior Primary School in the Eastern Cape. (Image: Department of Basic Education)The Asidi initiative was kickstarted by Department of Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga in her first term of office. Motshekga, a former teacher, was concerned about the state of hundreds of schools in rural and underprivileged areas. The solution was Asidi. After rigorous planning and funding approval from the National Treasury, the programme started building and upgrading schools in various provinces in 2010.Dumakude Primary School, newly upgraded.Asidi’s main aim is to ensure all of the country’s schools comply with basic safety norms set out by the education department. This means providing water, sanitation and electricity to schools without these essentials, and reconstructing old schools built by rural communities from the materials they had at hand – the so-called “mud schools” – with bricks and mortar.The new entrance to Kensington High School.Asidi is funded by the Schools Infrastructure Backlog Grant. The programme falls under Integrated Infrastructure Management System, run by National Treasury and the Construction Industry Development Board.New architectural design at Delta Primary School in the Western Cape.Five years into the initiative, Asidi is bearing fruit. Achievements so far include:• Schools: 89 schools completed• Water: 318 schools have water supplies for the first time• Sanitation: 351 schools have installed decent sanitation systems• Electrification: 279 schools have been connected to electricity for the first time.Locals have been so impressed with the quality of their new and upgraded schools, the Asidi team report, that when the new facilities are handed over to communities, the people describe them as “universities”.The stunning interior of Portia Primary School.By province and year, these are the completed and projected targets of the Asidi programme:2012/13: 140 schools target• 29 schools completed in the Eastern Cape• Seven schools completed in the Western Cape• Three schools completed in Mpumalanga• One school completed in Free State• The balance are at different stages of implementation2014/15: 150 schools target• 99 schools in implementation. Framework agreements are in process for the balance.• 78 of 99 schools at design stage in the Eastern Cape.• Nine of 99 schools are at a stage of planning and one of 99 schools is at a stage of design in the Free State.• 11 of 99 schools are at different phases of construction In the Western Cape.Sophumelela Secondary School.The Asidi team is not just a brick-and-mortar initiative. School handovers are the occasion to celebrate success because a school has been completed – a milestone worth marking.The computer centre at an Asidi-upgraded Western Cape primary school.A state-of-the-art school creates new energy in a community that long thought itself ignored by society. It signals a new start for learners and the vast possibilities that go with that beginning – the possibility of better learning, leading to greater access to the gifts of a democratic society. The completion of an Asidi school means the starting line in the race to success is redrawn for underprivileged children. It means democracy is bearing fruit.Upgrades to Loding Primary School in Mpumalanga.last_img read more

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How to Measure Productivity in Sales

first_imgA lot of people mistake being busy for being productive. Crossing to-dos off a list may, in fact, mean you’re productive, but as it pertains to sales, it may mean that you are incredibly unproductive.There are only two activities that prove that you are productive when it comes to selling. The first measurement of productivity is the opportunities created. The second measurement of your productivity is how many of those opportunities you win (caution here, winning one big deal may mean you are not productive, and winning many small deals may also mean that you are not doing well).The time you spend at work is no indication of productivity. Neither is the number of dials you make per hour or day. The number of face-to-face sales calls or ear-to-ear sales calls or video face to video face sales calls are also no measurement of productivity. They are activity, and not all activity produces the right outcomes. You can have meetings in which nothing is accomplished. They may even be necessary, but that does not mean that any initiative was advanced. The last thing on earth you can measure that might be mistaken for productivity is email, something that is necessary and that almost invariably reduces your productivity.All of the above activities are only proof that you are productive if and when you obtain the primary outcome that those activities are designed to generate. While it’s necessary that you dial the phone and schedule appointments the outcome is a new opportunity being created. And while it’s important to have sales meetings, it is possible to have meetings that do not result in the next step for you or a prospective client. It’s also possible to have meetings in which an opportunity is not advanced from one stage to the next.Productivity is the measurement of the outcomes you create divided by the time and energy you invest in those outcomes. Time and energy invested in activities that do not produce an outcome do not mean that you were productive. This is true even when the non-productive activities are necessary.Think of it this way, if you could generate the outcomes of creating and winning opportunities without doing any of the other activities that are necessary but not sufficient to produc those outcomes, would that be enough for you to reach your goal? If the answer is yes, then you should focus your time and energy on producing those outcomes. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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U.P. govt. issues orders to withdraw 22 more cases of Muzaffarnagar riots

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government has issued orders to withdraw 22 more cases linked to the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, taking the total number to 70. Additional district magistrate Amit Kumar confirmed to The Hindu that he has received the orders. “Out of 90 cases in which report was sought, the government has decided to withdraw proceedings in 70 cases. These are cases related to arson and loot,” he said.District government counsel Dushyant Tyagi said he would move the application at relevant courts. “I can’t say much as the cases are still sub-judice. It is for the court to accept or reject the government’s position.” The riots which swept Muzaffarnagar in 2013 claimed at least 65 lives and thousands were displaced. Since 2017, Muzaffarnagar courts have delivered verdicts in 41 cases and have acquitted the accused in 40 cases where Muslims were attacked.Mr. Tyagi said the government was not keen to go on appeal in acquitted cases. The prime reason, he said, was witnesses in most cases turned hostile. Welcoming the move, senior BJP leader from Muzaffarnagar Sohanveer Singh said these were “fake cases” foisted by the then Samajwadi Party government. Describing the move as “unprecedented”, human rights activist Ovais Sultan Khan, who has been working with the victims since 2013, said it was the third attempt by the Yogi Adityanath government since last year to derail the criminal-judicial procedure in the case. “It is a way to tell the victims that the government of the day is not with them and that others should withdraw cases as well. Those who instigated or participated in the riots are sitting on positions of power,” he alleged. He refuted the administration’s claim that witnesses are being protected. “Many have wilted under social pressure and threats and the ones who have not are being killed like Ashbab.” added Mr. Khan. A milk vendor, Ashbab was a witness to the killing of his two brothers during the riots. He was gunned down at the busy Indra Murti stretch in Muzaffarnagar in March this year just days before a hearing of the case.last_img read more

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Apple iPad mini weighs 0.68 pounds, sports 2 cameras

first_imgApple Inc’s recently launched iPad Mini is 7.87 inches tall and 5.3 inches wide, compared with the full-size iPad, which is 9.5 inches by 7.31 inches. The new device also sports two cameras, on the front and on the back, which the competitors don’t.The iPad Mini is as thin as a pencil and weighs 0.68 pounds, half as much as the full-size iPad with its 9.7-inch screen. The screen resolution is 1024 by 768 pixels, the same as the iPad 2 and a quarter of the resolution of the flagship iPad, which starts at $499.Wi-Fi-only models will ship on Nov 2. Later, the company will add models capable of accessing cellular, LTE data networks.The new model has better apps and is easier to use than competitors such as Google’s Nexus, said Avi Greengart, a consumer electronics analyst with Current Analysis.Apple is charging $329 and up for the Mini – a price that fits into the Apple product lineup between the latest iPod Touch ($299) and the iPad 2 ($399). Company watchers had been expecting Apple to price the iPad Mini at $250 to $300 to compete with the Kindle Fire, which starts at $159. Barnes & Noble Inc.’s Nook HD and Google Inc.’s Nexus 7 both start at $199.”Apple had an opportunity to step on the throat of Amazon and Google, yet decided to rely on its brand and focus on (profit) margin,” said Bill Kreher, an analyst with brokerage Edward Jones.Apple shares fell $20.67, or 3.3 percent, to close at $613.36 after the price was announced. Shares of Barnes & Noble jumped 88 cents, or 6.1 percent, to $15.32. Shares of Amazon rose 53 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $234.31.Apple has sold more than 100 million iPads since their debut in April 2010. Analysts expect Apple to sell 5 million to 10 million iPad Minis before the year is out.With AP inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

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Be Wary Of These Overachievers When Filling Out Your Bracket

Largely disregarded going into the season, Northern Iowa and Butler have put together great years. Butler, unranked nationally and picked to finish seventh in the 10-team Big East back in October, placed second in the conference and finished 22nd in both the AP and Coaches’ polls. Northern Iowa exceeded expectations by an even greater margin, finishing 12th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings (with a gaudy 30-3 record) despite being pegged for 74th in the preseason.Looking ahead to the NCAA tournament, the way both teams are seeded makes them favored to win at least one tournament game, with a puncher’s chance at even more.Great story, right? Well, sure, but our research has shown that even after a stellar season, it’s hard for such teams to completely shake off their humble beginnings. While a team’s statistical power rating will tend to stabilize late in the season, the residue of preseason expectations seems to have a lingering effect.To illustrate, I compiled pre-tourney Simple Rating System (SRS) grades for every NCAA tournament-bound team since the dawn of the 64-team-bracket era in 1985. I also crafted preseason projected SRS scores for each school using a weighted, regressed-to-the-mean average of its SRS ratings over the preceding two seasons.1For the curious: I gave a weight of 67 percent to the previous year’s score, 22 percent to the team’s score for the year before that, and 11 percent to the NCAA-average SRS score of zero. When attempting to predict the outcome of a given NCAA tournament game, the difference between a team’s seasonal SRS rating and that of its opponent clearly carries the greatest weight. But the difference between the teams’ preseason SRS projections can also alter a team’s probability of winning a tournament game by as many as 5 percentage points.This dynamic even extends to highly ranked teams such as Maryland, who finished 8th in the final AP poll after beginning the year unranked. Teams of that ilk have historically won about 25 percent fewer NCAA tournament games than they ought to have, given where they were seeded. And our model says the Terrapins are on the same track; while No. 4 seeds traditionally win about 1.5 games per tournament, our model projects an average of just 1.2 wins for Maryland in this year’s tournament.So, including Northern Iowa, Butler and Maryland, who are this year’s overachievers to be wary of? Here are this year’s teams, ranked by whose preseason rating differed the most from the non-preseason components of their overall FiveThirtyEight power rating:Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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Hitchcock deserved the boot

After 59 games, Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock was finally fired.For many, it comes as no surprise. For others, Hitchcock was a scapegoat for guilty parties all around.But if you know anything about last season’s playoff berth and this season’s continued disappointment, Hitchcock’s departure should seem like a long-overdue farewell.Ultimately, the problem lies herein: When you build a program enough to finally reach the playoffs, you send a message to fans and the NHL community that you’re becoming a legitimate team that can be taken seriously.Yes, the Jackets are a newer program among teams with long-standing histories. Yes, the Jackets have the right to build a program for a few years and work out the kinks. No one holds that against any new team starting from the ground up.But once you make it to the playoffs, it’s like a signal to the executives and stakeholders in the NHL that maybe you’re ready to be a respectable contender in the league. Next season should be a step forward, not a jog a mile back.Last season the Jackets went 41-31-10 in 82 games for 92 points. That’s an adequate showing for a team that was finally breaking through.The Jackets boasted 11 shutouts and were only shut out six times. They ended the season fourth in the Central Division and 16th in the League out of 30 teams. That’s not bad, especially when the Western Conference houses a majority of the best teams in the league.At the time of Hitchcock’s firing, the Jackets were 23-27-9 with a total of 55 points on the season. While they’re 13-9-5 at home, they’re a disappointing 10-18-4 on the road. If that’s not enough, they went 2-9-5 in December and only 7-7 in January.Now, you might be thinking, the season isn’t over yet and it’s too early to criticize and compare. But you have to take into account where they stand compared to last year.In the Western Conference, the Jackets are 14th out of 15 teams. In the league standings, they’re 26th out of 30 teams. They currently sit nine points out of a playoff spot in conference. Can we say “letdown?”But here’s the real kicker. While 18th in the league in goals for, the Jackets have fallen apart in the defensive zone, ranking 29th out of 30 teams in goals against. For a coach that is known for his defensive-minded planning, to be 29th in the league is ridiculous.An even bigger indicator of a downward spiral is attendance. While the recession plays a role in diminishing numbers, after a playoff berth, the general consensus is that there is hype for next season. Ticket sales should go up.But out of 27 home games this season, 16 of them have amassed crowds of less than 15,000. That’s 60 percent of home games pulling in less than 80 percent of seats. With 85.7 percent attendance last season, the numbers show another downturn in Blue Jacket enthusiasm.While Steve Mason’s presence in goal has been dismal this season and the overall effort by the players is lacking, change needs to happen.General Manager Scott Howson said this season has been disappointing all around for fans and the responsibility rests with management, coaches and players. But after announcing Hitchcock’s departure, he explained the most obvious reason.Hitchcock “earned and received the opportunity to turn things around this season,” Howson said. “But unfortunately that has not happened and it has become apparent that change is in the best interest of our organization.”Change. An example would be when Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren decided to fire coach John Stevens in late November. The team was 13-11-1 and had 27 points on the season. For a team expected to perform well throughout the regular season and compete for the Stanley Cup, .500 hockey was simply unacceptable and a change was necessary.Holmgren brought in Peter Laviolette to replace Stevens, and although the first few games under Laviolette showed no immediate response, in the past few weeks the Flyers have caught fire and are now in the playoff picture.For the Jackets, change is something they need to end the season on a different note. Howson said the necessary change wouldn’t come from trading or releasing players or uprooting management.For Hitchcock, his old-school style of coaching seems to be failing in an ever-changing, fast-paced age of hockey. To keep up, the Jackets made a change. A change for the better. read more

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UK regulator Ofcom has upheld a decision by video

first_imgUK regulator Ofcom has upheld a decision by video-on-demand watchdog ATVOD that MTV’s online service Viva TV Music is subject to regulation as an on-demand programme service.MTV Networks Europe had appealed against ATVOD’s initial ruling. The decision means that MTV is required to ensure that the service complies with a range of statutory requirements and MTV submitted a formal notification for the service prior to today’s publication of the appeal decision.The decision turned on a number of issues, including whether the Viva TV Music section of the website constituted a service in its own right, and whether music videos are ‘TV-like’ programmes.ATVOD chief executive Pete Johnson said: “This is a complex area and the appeal system  is a vital part of  the process, giving service providers, in particular, greater clarity over the scope of the regulations.”last_img read more

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AIequipped Apple Watch Can Detect Irregular Heartbeat and Signs of a Stroke

first_img Steve Dent Image credit: Getty Images via engadget Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Engadget Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Applecenter_img –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business AI-equipped Apple Watch Can Detect Irregular Heartbeat and Signs of a Stroke The Apple Watch may become a useful tool in detecting an abnormal heartbeat, according to a study by heart rate app-maker Cardiogram and the UCSF Health lab. They determined that the wearable, when paired with neural network algorithms, is 97 percent accurate in detecting paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common type of heart rhythm problem. With further work, the Watch and other wearables might help prevent strokes in susceptible patients.Apple has been pitching the Watch with ResearchKit to doctors and scientists as a serious health tool. Cardiogram initiated the research last year to figure out whether it could detect the signs of a stroke, a quarter of which are caused by irregular heartbeats.The study drew 6,158 Apple Watch users via the Cardiogram app — most had normal EKG readings, but 200 had an existing AF condition that made their hearts beat erratically. Engineers used those subjects to train a deep learning system to discern patients with arrhythmia vs. those with normal heartbeats.They then tested the system on 51 patients scheduled for a procedure to restore normal heart rhythms. All used an Apple Watch and 12-lead ECG prior to and after the procedure. The AI algorithm and Apple Watch were able to identify AF with 97 percent accuracy and 98 percent sensitivity, according to the study.The research holds a lot of promise, especially since the algorithm is just an early version and could easily be made more accurate. Two-thirds of strokes can be prevented with cheap drugs, but the onset of one is difficult to detect — so doctors could save the lives of susceptible patients with just an off-the-shelf wearable.The team plans to tweak the algorithm and validate it against “gold standard” EKG tests. It will then incorporate it into the Cardiogram app, and “investigate the ability to detect health conditions beyond atrial fibrillation,” Cardiogram says. With that test a success, it could also push more hospitals and research groups onto ResearchKit and other wearables for patient monitoring and research. Register Now »last_img read more

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Why You Shouldnt Rely On URL Shorteners

first_img Register Now » These handy tools can change or disappear with little or no notice. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares TinyURL Rival Bit.ly Raises $2 Million Betaworks Launches Bit.ly, A Smarter TinyURL More From Business Insider » Nambu announced plans to shut down the tr.im URL shortener this past weekend. “tr.im did well for what it was, but, alas, it was not enough. We simply cannot find a way to justify continuing to work on it, or pay its network costs, which are not inconsequential,” the company said.This means that any tr.im URLs out there on the web will break. Translation: “Same as writing a million post-it notes w/ invisible ink,” The New York Time’s Nick Bilton notes on Twitter. Anyone who cares about the visitors coming from those sources will need to replace those links.Digg recently changed the way its digg.com URL shortener worked. Instead of sending viewers to the website that had been shortened, it started sending people to a page on digg.com that had a link to the target URL. This means that anyone using the Digg URL shortener–as we had on our Twitter account for a few days, for instance–would be forcing its readers through a middle man. Hardly elegant or ideal.And this doesn’t even take other problems like downtime into account.The best solution for normal web “consumers” is to keep using short URLs the way you do now–this is not a big deal for most people. But be aware that they should only be used for short-term, non-mission-critical uses, and that they shouldn’t be seen as a permanent URL replacement. (Don’t bake them into documents or web links unless absolutely necessary.)For businesses that use short URLs for commercial purposes, like newsletters or huge Twitter presences, you may want to invest in creating a custom short URL for your company’s links.Flickr, TechCrunch and other web publishers have done this recently, either using in-house solutions or a third-party like awe.sm. This could help if public URL shorteners go down or go away.But, same risk here, though reduced–that the third-party short URL provider could go out of business. So make sure you can move your account and data elsewhere, if necessary.Via Next Article Thanks to Twitter’s rising popularity–and its finite, 140-character message length limit–free URL shortening services have been all the rage recently. But they should not become a critical part of your company’s infrastructure.Why not? Because there’s no guarantee they’re going to work. Most of today’s short URL services are run by small, modestly funded startups that could easily shut them down–or change the way they work. Both have recently happened. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Why You Shouldn’t Rely On URL Shorteners October 14, 2009 Add to Queue Related Links Twitter Switches From TinyURL To Bit.ly 3 min read Marketinglast_img read more

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