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FINN HARPS GET PRE-SEASON TRAINING UNDERWAY NEXT WEEK

first_imgCould Harps face yet another logistical nightmare if Tralee Dynamos are added to the Airtricity First Division?Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan will assemble his side for pre-season training next Monday night as preparations for the new season get underway.The Finn Harps squad will gather next Monday night at Ballyare as they undergo a intense six-week training period ahead of the new season which kicks-off in March.It is believed Harps have secured friendly matches with Cork City, Galway United, Sligo Rovers and Drogheda ahead of the new season. It is not yet known whether Harps will compete in a seven or eight team league.At the moment the league contains seven sides which are Finn Harps, Waterford United, Wexford Youths, Shelbourne, UCD, Cobh Ramblers and Athlone Town.There is speculation that Kerry Intermediate outfit Tralee Dynamos could make the step-up into senior football.That would be another logistical nightmare for Finn Harps as they already have to travel to Cobh, Waterford and Wexford. Another journey to Tralee would be taxing, but it’s believed officials close to the club would prefer Tralee in the league than to have a B team play in the league again.Shamrock Rovers B team competed in the First Division last season but that pilot project was terminated by new Rovers manager Pat Fenlon this season.St Patrick’s Athletic are considering entering a B team into the league if Tralee’s application to the league is rejected. FINN HARPS GET PRE-SEASON TRAINING UNDERWAY NEXT WEEK was last modified: January 8th, 2015 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:Finn Harps FCfixturesnewsOllie HorganPre-seasonSporttraininglast_img read more

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Donegal Election 2019: Sinn Fein make history in Inishowen as Terry Crossan is elected

first_imgTerry Crossan has successfully been elected to the final seat in the Buncrana Electoral Area (south Inishowen).Crossan is the final person to be elected in the area with 1,098 of the votes and in doing so has made history for the party in Inishowen. He will now join returning Sinn Fein Councillors Jack Murray and Albert Doherty at the table in Inishowen EA, after Mickey Doherty (FG) lost his seat in the ninth count. The count brings a conclusion to the count in Inishowen, with the following candidates elected for south Inishowen.Terry CrossanJack MurrayRena Donaghey Paul CanningNicholas CrossanDonegal Election 2019: Sinn Fein make history in Inishowen as Terry Crossan is elected was last modified: May 26th, 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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Big 4 to kick off league play, Little 4 action heats up

first_imgAnother fall Friday means another football Friday for the North Coast as the Big 4 Conference begins league play tonight when Fortuna heads north to take on Del Norte. Eureka, for the first time since 1962, will face St. Bernard’s for what will be the battle for Eureka, part one. Over in the Little 4 Conference McKinleyville is set to host its rival Arcata as tonight as the Panthers look to get their first conference win while Ferndale, a week removed from an impressive win against Arcata, will …last_img read more

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Kick start for rugby programme

first_imgExcited children from Mabamba Primary School in southern Swaziland, after receiving an SOS Kit Aid shipment of rugby jerseys in November 2008.(Image: Swaziland Rugby) A familiar sight – Bryan Habana soars over the tryline during a Rugby World Cup game. (Image: SA Rugby) Jason Robinson (top left) and Bryan Habana (bottom left) with children at the Pimlico Academy in London. (Image: Rugby 365) John Smit, captain of the triumphant Bok rugby team, lifts the Webb Ellis Trophy. ToSmit’s left is Bryan Habana, while former president Thabo Mbeki is in the front leftof the picture. (Image: SA Rugby)Janine ErasmusRugby fans in both hemispheres are looking forward to the British and Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa in 2009. Now the tour’s main partner HSBC has launched a schools rugby initiative that includes a drive to supply underprivileged South African children with much-needed rugby equipment.The initiative, known as the Rugby Festival campaign, was launched by two of rugby’s brightest stars, England’s Jason Robinson and South Africa’s Bryan Habana. Habana was named the International Rugby Board’s (IRB) Player of the Year in 2007.The SOS Kit Aid programme is partnering with HSBC in its Rugby Festival scheme. SOS Kit Aid gives less advantaged children in emerging nations around the world a chance to play and develop rugby. It achieves this through the collection and distribution of unused or unwanted kit such as balls, jerseys, boots and protective gear, from schools around the UK and Ireland.Part of the Kit Aid programme involves, for the first time, the twinning of 40 HSBC schools in the UK with 40 South African schools. Pupils at these schools will benefit from the kit collection initiative and will be able to proceed with the development of their own programmes, with equipment delivered during the Lions tour.In November 2008 the SOS Kit Aid programme proudly announced its 100th kit delivery – to Swaziland, the first Kit Aid recipient outside eastern Europe. Rugby is a growing sport in the small Southern African nation, which currently boasts 14 clubs and 4 870 registered players. There are 1 320 pre-teen boy and 1 600 pre-teen girl players, with 946 teenage boy and 514 teenage girl players. Amongst the senior ranks there are 360 male players.Rugby stars help to grow the gameHabana and Robinson, both members of IRB Rugby World Cup-winning teams, were on hand at the twinning of the first two schools, southwest London’s Pimlico Academy and Hillcrest Primary School in Port Elizabeth.The pair kicked off the collection by donating some of their own old kit, and also took the time to offer some personal playing tips to their young fans. Over the coming months, businesses, schools and individuals in the Pimlico area will be encouraged to make their own contributions.Pimlico Academy principal Jerry Collins said, “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to twin with Hillcrest Primary in South Africa, and in so doing, participate in the SOS Kit Aid project. The opportunity to develop a wider cultural exchange with the kids in South Africa in the lead up to the Lions Tour is a hugely exciting prospect.” The school now has a rugby team for the first time ever.Robinson fully supports the programme and believes that through it, two very different cultures will be brought together in a unique way. “It offers hundreds of children both here and in South Africa a unique and fantastic way of sharing a Lions experience. I am excited to see how the twinning of the HSBC rugby schools with the schools out in South Africa will have a positive impact on the children.”South African superstar Habana personally nominated Hillcrest as the first school to be linked with an HSBC school. “Hillcrest Primary School has very basic facilities and yet they are desperate to play rugby,” he said. “Rugby is already proving to have a positive impact on the lives of these children and this will be further helped through the support of the children from Pimlico.”A superstar of rugbyHabana launched his own rugby development organisation, the Bryan Habana Foundation, earlier in 2008. “I have had a great upbringing and there was always a great level of support,” he remarked. “But you go to a school like Hillcrest where there is very little to aspire to. For me, to go there and to try to make a difference is a big challenge.”The pride of South African rugby, who plays on the wing, was an integral part of the team that lifted the William Webb Ellis Trophy for the second time in 2007. His record-equalling eight tries (the only other player to score that many tries in an IRB Rugby World Cup final is the legendary Jonah Lomu of New Zealand) earned him the IRB’s top accolade for an individual player in that year.Habana currently plays for the Pretoria-based Blue Bulls and was named the South African Player of the Year in 2005 and 2007, as well as the Young Player of the Year in 2004. The star, who famously raced a cheetah over 100m in 2007 and lost by only a narrow margin, is feared and respected by his rivals for his exceptional fleetness of foot. The cheetah race was to raise awareness of the animal’s endangered conservation status and to support the work of the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust.As a team, South Africa is presently second on the IRB’s latest world rankings, behind their age-old rivals, the New Zealand All Blacks. The country’s Sevens Rugby team has just won their first Sevens Cup title on home soil, coming from behind to beat defending champions New Zealand 12-7 during the first week of December 2008.The tournament is the second on the annual Sevens calendar, taking place a week after the opening event of the season in Dubai – which was also won by the South Africans. The next leg of the 2008/2009 season takes place in Wellington, New Zealand in February 2009.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesThe other Rugby World CupUseful linksLions SA tour – official siteSouth African rugbySwaziland rugbySOS Kit AidInternational Rugby BoardIRB SevensRugby World Cup 2011De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trustlast_img read more

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Fed Up With Facebook Privacy Issues? Here’s How To End It All

first_img“I am not a privacy hawk, nor a fear-monger, nor a neo-luddite; in fact, those of you who know me well know that I am a technology enthusiast and a generally a booster of any technology related solutions that could potentially make our lives easier.A visit to the privacy settings pages and FAQs reveals a great many soothing platitudes. While these may fulfil their legal obligations it is ultimately disingenuous for Facebook to suggest that anyone actually reads any of these when in reality the vast majority of users likely accept the default “Everyone” setting. ““Why I’m Hitting the “Delete” Key on Facebook” by Narain Jashanmal.In this instance I’m morally and intellectually opposed to Facebook’s cavalier attitude with what amounts to, for some of us, data that relates to a significant portion of our (online) lives.See also: Why Facebook Changed Its Privacy Policies Early adopter and tech journalist Dan Gilmor is among those who have committed “suicide.” He started a new account with his old Facebook URL and checked out the new default privacy settings that he describes as “un-private.” He highlights the conflict as, “What’s in the corporate interest, however, doesn’t necessarily match what’s in my interest, or yours.”If you want to commit “Facebook suicide” you have two options. One is Seppukoo.com, which likens the act of killing your digital self to: Discover what’s after your Facebook life. We assist your virtual suicide.You are more then your virtual identity. Pass away and leave your ID behind.Seppukwho? Testimonials and Frinds. Discover who has committed seppukoo.Impress your friends, disconnect yourself. Join the world wide suicidal network.The site was created by Les Liens Invisibles, which creates playful 2.0-style media artworks. Two people make up this imaginary art group, Clemente Pestelli and Gionatan Quintini. You can see Gionatan’s RIP memorial on the site; it highlights friends that have joined him in the Facebook afterlife along with those still left. Tags:#Facebook#web kaliya hamlin “Simply put, I don’t trust my information being on Facebook anymore. I have deleted the Facebook app from my iPhone and I will shut down the page in about a week.” I’m Leaving Facebook by Steve Scherer. The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine offers “suicide” for Facebook, Myspace and Linkedin. It highlights its time saving nature taking just under one hour vs. over nine hours to go through the process manually with 1,000 Facebook friends.The tool lets you watch your “virtual suicide” as it happens.They have 134 people they say have committed suicide using their tools. You can see the list along with their last words and how many friends they lost.You can see a video by Moddr_ of it in action. “Liberate your newbie friends with a Web2.0 suicide! This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web 2.0 alterego.” He say in the video, “my interent life is dying and my real life is starting,” and closes with” Get your life back – sign-out forever”Their FAQs are great. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… There isn’t a mass exodus from Facebook over the privacy settings, but it is responding with messages like this sent to users to assuage their fears: “Worried about search engines? Your information is safe. There have been misleading rumors about Facebook indexing all your information on Google. This is not true…”Several thoughtful Web 2.0 users have blogged about their decision in the last week to leave Facebook and two different “suicide” sites exist.This guest post was written by Kaliya Hamlin, also known as Identity Woman, who has been working on cultivating open standards for user-centric identity since 2004. She co-founded, co-produces and facilitates the Internet Identity Workshop, the primary venue for collaboration on identity standards amongst large Internet portals, large enterprise IT companies and small innovators.This thoughtful post written by Nick Barron, who is based in the Washington D.C. area, talks about meeting Facebook in college and falling in love and understanding this new form of communication in social networks would be transformative for people and business. He believed, “at the end of the day, that Facebook was here for you and me. It was our social network, and while technically being a large company, it was a company of people just like us who wanted a more advanced way of building and maintaining relationships. “I feel there are no good alternatives for me, except going along with whatever scraps of privacy Facebook is graciously willing to hand me from their table… Facebook has me by the balls. They have you, too, and they know it. They know you have too many friends and family, photos and videos, games and other applications on Facebook for you to leave now. And where would you go? Where would I go?… I am not committed to Facebook anymore. I am looking for a way out, while still being able to do my job. Can a social media pro leave Facebook? We may soon find out.” Others are more blunt: If I start killing my 2.0-self, can I stop the process? No! If I start killing my 2.0-self, can YOU stop the process? No!What shall I do after I’ve killed myself with the Web 2.0 suicide machine? Try calling some friends, talk a walk in a park or buy a bottle of wine and start enjoying your real life again. Some Social Suiciders reported that their life has improved by an approximate average of 25%. Don’t worry, if you feel empty right after you committed suicide. This is a normal reaction which will slowly fade away within the first 24-72 hours.Why do we think the Web 2.0 suicide machine is not unethical? Everyone should have the right to disconnect. Seamless connectivity and rich social experience offered by web2.0 companies are the very antithesis of human freedom. Users are entraped in a high resolution panoptic prison without walls, accessible from anywhere in the world.Whatever you think about the bleak humor of a Facebook “suicide, those who’ve left – or are thinking about leaving – are talking about their decision in terms of freedom. “I made the decision yesterday to ditch Facebook. Their privacy options are too intrusive. Glad twitter isn’t like that.” @ReetaLuthra“I actually feel more wholesome after leaving Facebook. I didn’t expect that.” @sansian“I think it’s the feeling of loss of control that I don’t like, that something is set in such a way that I can’t reset it myself, and thus info is getting out/posted online/is otherwise being used in such a way that I don’t want. I’ll have to think about it… I’m just tempted to take what seems to be the path of least resistance and just ditch Facebook entirely. I’ll have to think about it… “Considering Leaving FacebookWe even found a Muslim perspective (translation) on the virtues of leaving the virtual world for the real world.This recently popped up: Facebook is hiring for its Advertising Privacy Counsel to work on a “cross-section of fascinating legal issues”. I am wondering if maybe they should have done more hiring before they changed privacy policies, which may have broken the law and and has lead the Electronic Privacy Information Center to file a complaint with the FTC.Face book photo by Massimo Barbieri. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The process works like this: 1) you give the site your login credentials, 2) you create last works and a skin for your customized memorial page, 3) you enjoy your Sepppukoo – the platform will send all your friends your last words and customize your memorial page – and 4) you get a score – every friend you convince to Seuppukoo will increase your score on the site.This version of Facebook suicide is not permanent – you can just login to Facebook.Sepppukoo does have a cease and desist from Facebook, although dated Dec. 16. One of the main points is that they “collect Facebook’s users’ content or information using automated means such as scripts or scrapers without Facebook’s permission” A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Android Dramatically Extends Lead With Open Source Developers

first_imgOver 15,000 new Android mobile projects were launched in 2012, bringing the total number of Android projects Black Duck tracks to more than 28,000. New projects associated with the iOS platform numbered nearly 2,500 in 2012, with a cumulative total of more than 7,000 projects. All other mobile platforms accounted for fewer than 500 new projects in 2012, for a total of fewer than 2,000 projects over the 2007 – 2012 period.To be clear, the bulk of developers still prefer iOS, as Appcelerator’s Mobile Developer Survey highlights: Matt Asay This makes sense, given the target audience for mobile applications: consumers. Even though open source now permeates server-side computing, and drives industry trends like cloud computing and Big Data, it has had a negligible impact on the desktop, where mainstream users don’t want access to source code and simply want polished products that work. Hence, despite the impressive efforts to clone Microsoft Office with OpenOffice and now LibreOffice, the world still happily gives Microsoft billions of dollars of Office profit each quarter. It’s easier to stay on that beaten path.Hence, while I don’t expect open-source developer affinity for Android to squash iOS anytime soon, it’s still a troubling sign for Apple. Even on the desktop, many mainstream applications are open source, including Adium (IM client for the Mac), VLC Media Player, Handbrake, and more. And if Android is the place open-source developers target for their innovations, we’re likely to see the next Big Data-like trend emerge on Android, not on iOS, just as Linux is the home of cloud computing and Big Data on the server.Open-source developers matter. And, apparently, they matter most to Android.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Despite Google Android’s long market-share rise against Apple iOS, developers continued to stick with iOS as their first deployment target. While Android offered superior volume, that volume was fragmented between different versions of the OS and disparate hardware. Meanwhile, Apple offered better development tools plus clearer, more profitable revenue options. Even open-source developers tended to congregate on highly proprietary iOS.Something changed in 2012, however, and Android-related open-source development exploded.According to new research from Black Duck Software, new Android-related mobile open-source projects outstripped open source iOS projects by a factor of four in 2012, growing by more than 96% each year since 2007. New iOS project growth, on the other hand, was just 32% from 2011 to 2012. Related Posts Tags:#Android#Appcelerator#Apple#Black Duck#Google#iOS#mobile#Open Source The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Uranium contamination in Rajasthan groundwater, finds study

first_imgMany parts of Rajasthan may have high uranium levels in their groundwater, according to a study by researchers at the Duke University in North Carolina, United States, and the Central Groundwater Board of India.The main source of uranium contamination was “natural,” but human factors such as groundwater table decline and nitrate pollution could be worsening the problem.“Nearly a third of all water wells we tested in one State, Rajasthan, contained uranium levels that exceed the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) safe drinking water standards,” said Avner Vengosh, a professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, in a press statement.“By analysing previous water quality studies, we also identified aquifers contaminated with similarly high levels of uranium in 26 other districts in north-western India and nine districts in southern or south-eastern India,” he said.While previous studies have referred to high uranium levels in some districts of India, this analysis gave a bird’s eye view into the extent of such contamination. The WHO has set a provisional safe drinking water standard of 30 micrograms of uranium per litre, a level that is consistent with the U.S. EPA standards. Despite this, uranium is not yet included in the list of contaminants monitored under the Bureau of Indian Standards’ Drinking Water Specifications.Mr. Vengosh and his colleagues published their peer-reviewed study on May 11 in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.last_img read more

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Men ask court to overturn towns decision to keep swastika in street

first_imgTwo residents of a southwestern Ontario town are asking a court to overturn the municipality’s decision to keep the word “swastika” in the name of a local street, arguing the term is offensive to many.The Township of Puslinch decided not to change the name of Swastika Trail in December after a group representing residents of the privately owned street voted in favour of maintaining the name.Randy Guzar, who lives on Swastika Trail, and William Knetsch, who lives nearby, filed an application for judicial review this week, asking a court to quash the township’s decision and the result of the vote by the Bayview Cottagers’ Association.“Given the evils associated with the swastika, Swastika Trail’s name is a matter of significant controversy and is offensive to many on the street, in the Township, in the province, and nationally,” the men argue in their application.The township’s decision to keep the name was unreasonable, the men claim.“The Township relied exclusively on the result of the Nov. 1 vote — a vote which … was plagued by procedural errors and was not even conducted in accordance with the Cottagers’ Association Constitution,” their application alleged.Puslinch’s chief administrative officer and clerk, Karen Landry, said in an interview that the township followed the processes of the Municipal Act on the matter. The town council will review Guzar and Knetsch’s legal application before deciding what course of action to take in response, she said.Bayview Cottagers’ Association President Donna O’Krafka declined to comment on the legal action, but said she does not believe a name change for Swastika Trail is necessary.Swastika Trail was named in the 1920s before the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, local residents have said. Those in support of keeping the name have argued the swastika had a long history as a symbol of peace prior to the Second World War, but others have argued the name is now associated primarily with hate and genocide.The street in Puslinch is owned by a numbered corporation controlled by a man who lives on Swastika Trail, Guzar and Knetsch’s legal application says.The men claimed in their application that when they attended the meeting of the Bayview Cottagers’ Association last year, they did not know that they would be voting on the trail name issue, or that the township would treat the result of that 25-20 vote as “binding and determinative.”The association only allowed members who live on Swastika Trail to vote on the issue, contrary to the group’s constitution, the men alleged.The association’s notice of the meeting was “one-sided and tainted by bias,” containing a link to an article about the history of the swastika before its use by the Nazis, and a list of over 30 items — such as driving licenses and passports — that residents would have to have updated if Swastika Trail received a new name, Guzar and Knetsch alleged in their application.They also argued that no one in favour of changing the trail’s name was allowed to contribute to the notice circulated in advance of the vote, or the agenda of the meeting at which the vote took place, though they acknowledged that Guzar was allowed to read a letter from a Jewish advocacy group opposing the street’s name at the meeting.Association executives also distributed pamphlets to members arriving at the meeting, urging them to “reclaim the swastika” and reminding them that the swastika has been a sign of peace for hundreds of years, the application said.Guzar and Knetsch alleged in their application that the township “abdicated its responsibility under the Municipal Act and exercised no independent judgment,” in allowing the cottagers’ association vote to determine the name-change issue.last_img read more

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Council approves new property tax rates for 2018

first_imgHere is a breakdown of the new tax rates.Property Tax Rates for the City of Fort St. John will increase in 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has approved new tax rates for 2018, that will see the tax rate increase for almost all property owners in the city.In April, the City’s General Manager of Corporate Services David Joy gave a presentation on the proposed tax rates for 2018.  Joy explained that after Assessment BC finalized property assessments earlier this Spring, the value of property assessments in Fort St. John actually decreased an average of seven percent compared to last year, while business property assessments increased just over three percent. Overall, the city saw property values drop by roughly $200 million, from $3.8 billion to $3.6 billion.Joy said in April that the rate increase is needed to keep revenues the same as in 2017 in order to maintain the same services the City provided last year. He explained that homeowners whose properties dropped in value by the average of seven percent will actually pay less in property taxes this year, while those whose property values were unchanged will see a $40 increase this year.last_img read more

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Vehicles appear to cause more pollution as compared to firecrackers SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday said why people were “running after” firecracker industries when it seems that automobiles were “bigger” contributor to pollution, and asked the Centre whether there was any comparative study on pollution caused by both.While expressing serious concern over loss of jobs of people involved in manufacture and sale of firecrackers, a bench of Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said, “We do not wish to generate unemployment.” “Is there any comparative study on what proportion of pollution is caused by firecrackers and what proportion is caused by automobiles? It seems you are running after firecrackers, but bigger pollution contributor is perhaps vehicles,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, who was appearing for the Centre.last_img read more

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