first_imgJoel Bradley Walsh who scored the winning goal for St. Columbas College in today’s Ulster Final against St. Eunans College. Pic.: Ciaran Foy, newsandsportfilesA second half goal from Joel Bradley Walsh was enough to claim the Ulster Colleges U-15 title for St. Columbas College, Stranorlar.This game was evenly balanced throughout with both defences well in control. Both sides were cheered on by sizeable numbers of their classmates who co-habitated, in good spirits, the Stand at the New Camp Complex in Killygordon.Neither side could break the deadlock before the interval so the teams turned round with everything to play for. Within fifteen minutes of the re-start Bradley Walsh capitalised on some indecision in the Eunans defence, as three defenders left it to each other to clear the danger the, diminutive by comparison, striker nipped in to lob the ball delicately over the out of position goalkeeper.St. Eunans never really responded to this blow.In defence they coped as they did around the centre but they lacked any forward-line punch. For their part Columbus remained calm and dealt with any Eunans threat capably. They had one defining moment when the otherwise impeccable Foy in nets dropped a cross. When the Eunans striker reacted quickest from six yards it was the impressive Oisin Gallen who acrobatically cleared the ball off the goal-line.The game, played entirely in a very sportsman like manner, ran it’s course with match officials Marty Quinn, Gerry Gallagher and Vincent Mc Laughlin keeping the game flowing. At the end FAIS representative James Rodgers presented the cup to Columbus captain Luke Gavigan as their supporters cheered on. Man of the Match: Oisin Gallen. ST. COLUMBAS PIP ST.EUNANS IN ULSTER COLLEGES U15 FINAL was last modified: March 17th, 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)last_img read more

Diver rescued off the coast of Fanad

first_imgA diver had to be airlifted from a vessel off the Donegal coast yesterday after suffering a suspected case of the bends.Malin Head Coastguard confirmed they conducted the rescue operation which started at approximately 3.30pm.The diver, who was diving off the wreck of the HM Audacious, was airlifted by the Rescue 118 helicopter. He was flown to the decompression chamber at Craigavon Hospital.Diver rescued off the coast of Fanad was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 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)last_img read more

Donegal company creates world’s first ‘little person’ doll

first_imgA Donegal toy company has paid tribute to disability activist Sinéad Burke by creating a limited edition replica of the Dublin woman.Lottie Dolls went out of their way to smash the myth that one size fits all as it created the unique Sinéad doll.The doll, which was launched on World Dwarfism Awareness Day, is the world’s first ‘little person’ doll. Sinéad has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.At 3’5” tall, she’s responsible for introducing the term for a little person, ‘duine beag’, to the Irish language. “Organised, articulate and creative by nature” is how she describes herself.The Sinéad activist doll comes dressed in a red dress with red shoes, the doll takes inspiration from a stunning Rochas dress Sinéad wore to the Elle 2018 awards.Lottie Dolls has joined forces with activist and changemaker Sinead Burke (pictured), becoming the world’s first toy brand to create a small person doll, launching on ‘World Dwarfism Awareness Day’. Photo Fennell Photography 2019The doll has the same head and torso proportions as all of the Lottie range and her hands, arms and legs are smaller and Achondroplasia proportion. Sinéad herself has never allowed her stature to stand in her way.She said “There’s that phrase, ‘if you can see it, you can be it’. As a littler person, I have lived my life in a world that was not designed for me, and in an era where my experience was never reflected in culture, in the books that were in my classroom library or in the dolls that I played with as a child.“I’m incredibly honoured to volunteer on this project with Lottie Dolls because the potential for this to change how little people see themselves, and how the world views little people is immeasurable.”The first small person doll by Lottie Dolls, launching on ‘World Dwarfism Awareness Day’. Photo Fennell Photography 2019Sinéad is a contributing Editor to British Vogue, an Irish writer, academic, activist and broadcaster, popular for her TED talk ‘Why design should include everyone’. Appointed by President Michael D Higgins, Sinéad is a member of Ireland’s Council of State.She appeared on the cover for The Business of Fashion in May 2018 and was selected by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, Sinéad appeared on the cover of British Vogues September Issue and was recently named in BBC’s “100 Women of 2019”. Lottie Dolls, which is based in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, was first launched seven years ago and reflect the proportions of real-life 9 year old children. The Sinéad doll is representative of Sinéad also at 9 years of age.They are dressed comfortably in clothes that are made from colourful and tactile fabrics. They have play-sets that encourage outdoor play, from fishing, body-boarding to fossil-hunting.Ian Harkin, the Ballybofey man behind the groundbreaking brand, said working with Sinéad has been an amazing experience.He said ”I came across a statistic by UNESCO a number of years back which really struck me, it stated that 32% of all kids have been bullied within the last month, the main reasons for it are visual differences, nationality, race or colour. “We discovered research by Psychologist Dr Sian Jones at Queen Margaret’s University in Edinburgh, which studied the effects of playing with toys with differences, on the attitudes of children without difference.“Interviewing hundreds of children, she found that after playing with toys like the Sinéad doll, children were more open to forming friendships with peers with difference.“That to me was so powerful, that a toy could be used as a tool to develop empathy and understanding of differences as much as a toy to bring joy, so we decided we would make it part of our mission to be more inclusive in our design.“We’ve long-admired Sinéad and her activism and values, which are closely aligned with our own, and formed a friendship through the years, we were privileged to have Sinéad’s input, insights, design-eye and keen involvement as we collaborated on this project.”The Sinéad doll was created in partnership with the charity, Little People of Ireland. €1 from the sale of each Sinéad doll sold on the Lottie website will be donated to the charity.The Sinead Doll can be pre-ordered for €20 on www.lottie.comDonegal company creates world’s first ‘little person’ doll was last modified: October 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:achondroplasiaDISABILITY AWARENESSlittle personLottie dollssinead burkelast_img read more

Ray Kurzweil, Father Of The Singularity, Is Going To Work At Google

first_imgRay Kurzweil, one of the most wide-eyed futurists around, is going to work at Google.Kurzweil is one of the foremost authors responsible for the popularity of the notion of technological singularity, the idea that artificial intelligence will someday (soon) reach a crescendo of self-improvement, kicking off an endlessly growing planetary intelligence and allowing us to transcend our limited humanity. He’s written multiple books about artificial intelligence, the singularity and transhumanism. He’s also intensely interested in human life extension and has written extensively about health and biology. On top of all that, he’s an inventor of musical instruments, and he’s worked on optical character recognition, text-to-speech and speech recognition technology.It’s in those last few areas that Kurzweil will be of most immediate use to Google. The KurzweilAI press release says he’s joining Google to “work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing.”Google has plenty of Kurzweilian technology in play already, with voice and text search that understands natural language and optical character and image recognition that allows search of text, images, and even video. Imagine how cool Google search will be when Project Glass glasses are a live, real-world search interface.But the next step of all those technologies is best described as artificial intelligence, the real Holy Grail for Kurzweil. If any company is going to bring about a singularity by computing endlessly on all the world’s information, it’s going to be Google.What an amazing, slightly terrifying combination.“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Google to work on some of the hardest problems in computer science so we can turn the next decade’s ‘unrealistic’ visions into reality,” Kurzweil says.Kurzweil’s title will be Director of Engineering. He starts on Monday, December 17.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud jon mitchellcenter_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#artificial intelligence#Google Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

CFS had too much going on when Phoenix Sinclair murdered

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen five-year-old Phoenix Sinclair was murdered child and family services in Manitoba were over-worked and under-staffed an inquiry into the little girl’s death heard Thursday.The number of teen pregnacies were on the rise and the former CEO says they were grappling with how best distribue services.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot explains what this meant for Sinclair.last_img

Manitoba hockey team comes under fire over derogatory name

first_imgAPTN National NewsA city councillor in Morden, Man. is pushing a local junior hockey team to change its name.She said it’s offensive to Indigenous people.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.last_img

Draws And Politics At The World Chess Championship

On Saturday, as thousands of protesters, dissatisfied with the results of the presidential election, were marching from Union Square to Trump Tower, just a few miles north, the two grandmasters sat down in the spaceship to play again. Game 2, with Karjakin handling the white pieces, began with the all-too-familiar Ruy Lopez opening, a staple of chess for 500 years. The rest of the game was an equally uncreative and plodding affair. One prominent grandmaster on Twitter called certain passages “flaccid.” After just under three hours, and not much else to speak of, they arrived at a second draw. (The computer chess engine Stockfish was in full agreement, seeing both games as nothing but deadlocked.) The last time the World Chess Championship was held in New York City, titleholder Garry Kasparov met challenger Viswanathan Anand on the 107th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. They played their first game on Sept. 11, 1995.That tower is now gone, a new one stands nearby, and the grandest board in chess is again set in lower Manhattan. This year, the venue is the new Fulton Market Building in the South Street Seaport, an area of the city that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was rebuilt and has been thriving in recent years.The players are different, too. Magnus Carlsen of Norway, ranked No. 1 in the world, is defending his title against Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin, ranked No. 9. The first weekend of their best-of-12 match is in the books, and after two games — and two draws — the score is level at 1-1.This year’s chess venue is sparse and sleek, heavy on concrete and hypermodern black-and-white branding. Large flat-screen televisions dot the open floor, providing live views of the tense and slowly unfolding games. The sellout crowd mills around, stealing meaningful-looking glances at the game on TV, listening to live commentary on headphones, eating sandwiches and playing their own games of speed chess in the cafe’s Eames-style dining chairs.The two grandmasters play alone in a separate room, accompanied only by two stoic match arbiters. On the inside, the room resembles the bridge of a sci-fi spaceship. To the spectators on the outside, though, it evokes a reptile house in a zoo. You enter the dark, hot and humid viewing gallery through thick black curtains. You’re hushed as you enter and reminded to silence your phone. The lights inside are dimmed, and an eerie purple light glows from behind the thick glass of the one-way mirror. You can see Carlsen and Karjakin, leaning in close to each other over the board in deep thought. They can’t see you.In Game 1, Carlsen, playing with the white pieces, chose an unusual opening called the Trompowsky Attack. The joke around the Fulton Market Building on Friday was that he played it as a homophonic nod to the new president-elect. There was truth to the joke. Asked after the game whether his choice had anything to do with Donald Trump, Carlsen replied: “A little bit.”“I’m a big fan of Donald Trump,” Carlsen told Norway’s TV2 in March (in Norwegian). “Trump is incredibly good at finding opponents’ weaknesses. He speaks only about that the other candidates are stupid or smelly. There should be more of this in chess, too.” Carlsen then offered a Trumpism of his own: “Karjakin is incredibly boring!” Karjakin, for his political part, is an avowed supporter of Vladimir Putin.By the end of that first game, each side had pushed its wooden army as far as it’d go — two phalanxes scrumming at the center of the board. No further blood was drawn, however, and the players agreed to a draw after the 42nd move and just under four hours of play. (Draws are quite common in championship chess.) The actor and chess fan Woody Harrelson was on hand for Game 1. The star of “True Detective” brought to my mind that show’s oft-quoted line, bastardized from Nietzsche: “Time is a flat circle.” In chess, and at this championship, what’s old is new again, and moves and characters are strangely familiar. Donald Trump made the ceremonial first move at a qualifying event for that 1995 New York championship, at Trump Tower. And Rudy Giuliani, then the mayor and now rumored to be high on the list to be Trump’s attorney general, made the ceremonial first move in those finals. (Giuliani was late — and made the wrong move.)Carlsen remains the heavy favorite, although his chances according to my Elo-based simulations have dipped from 88 percent at the start to 84 percent now, as Karjakin has held serve.1I simulated 10,000 iterations of the remainder of the match using the players’ current Elo ratings and assumed that they draw half their games, as grandmasters historically tend to do. The players seemed to sense that the large crowds were getting a bit restless. “I ask you for your understanding that this is a long match,” Carlsen said at Saturday’s postgame press conference. “Not every game will be a firework.”Game 3 begins Monday afternoon. I’ll be covering the rest of the match here and on Twitter. read more

Kalam Teacher par excellence

first_imgThe People’s President was as much the Pupils’ President. So the eminent educationist Satyam Roychowdhury has named his latest literary venture as “Pupils’ President – APJ Abdul Kalam”. The 11th President of India, the ‘Missile Man’ behind India’s nuclear power, loved to be recognized as a teacher at the end of the day. Even at the age of 84, he used to travel a lot in and outside the country for delivering lectures at varied educational institutes.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In fact, he loved interacting with the students, inspiring them not only to dream, but to transform the dream into reality. He expressed his wish for dying while doing what he liked the most.  It really happened. He passed away while delivering lecture before the students of IIM, Shillong.Satyam Roychowdhury’s “Pupils’.President – APJ Abdul Kalam” is probably the first literary tribute to Kalam after his demise. It is a complete compilation of articles and speeches by the great soul himself along with contributions by eminent scientists and scholars from across the globe. Article like “Paperboy to President “depicts the story of his struggle through the ages. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The little boy who used to deliver newspapers in Rameswaram, later on became a great scientist and eventually acquired the throne of the President of India. The inspiring prologue by the editor is a good read and will ignite the young minds as dreamt by Kalam. The minute description of Kalam’s last rites at Pekkarampu village near his hometown Rameswaram and thereafter the story of his journey “From Rameswaram to Raisina Hills” added a value to the book. The compilation of Kalam’s speeches through the month of July 2015 is well thought of. Moreover, homage articles by Dr Bikash Sinha or those who had the golden chance to come across the great scientist have made the book a collection worth preserving. “Pupils’ President – APJ Abdul Kalam” has been formally launched by Sourav Ganguly on the Teachers’ Day in Kolkata. Sourav was nostalgic as he not only received Padmashri from his hand, but later on also was in close acquaintance with Kalam Sir. He said, “For me, he was a Guru.” Satyam Roychowdhury explained how Kalam’s life fascinated him in many ways. “He has always been my hero. This book commemorates the life of a man who worked tirelessly for the betterment of the nation and to ignite billions of young minds”, said Roychowdhury. It is a very good gesture on the parts of the editor and the publisher BEE Books to offer 50% discount to the students all over India. Sources said, on the World Teachers’ Day which falls on October 5, Satyam Roychowdhury will gift 1000 school students with this book in Kolkata.last_img read more

How to Prepare Your Business Data for the End of the World

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. According to the ancient Mayan calendar, the current cycle of the world is coming to an end on December 21, 2012. But even if their prediction doesn’t come true, it’s a good idea to prepare your business for a potential data emergency.Pete Khanna, CEO of the Denver-based software company TrackVia, says entrepreneurs face a whole host of potentially dangerous situations every day.”Sometimes an emergency can appear small, like the executive employee who loses his laptop or smart phone containing sensitive information,” he says. “Other emergencies are larger and more obvious, such as the recent storms in the northeast that flooded offices and buildings, and destroyed equipment and data for thousands of businesses.” Related: How to Create a Disaster Plan for Your BusinessWhether it’s the end of the world or a lost cell phone, entrepreneurs should be prepared. Khanna offers these three steps for protecting your information, and your sanity. December 19, 2012 First, take inventory. Khanna says most businesses don’t know what information they have, let alone what information needs protection. “For example, a sales employee may have a spreadsheet containing all of the company’s key customers, their contact information, and maybe even sensitive information like credit card numbers or buying history,” he says. “Start by identifying what information you have, what information is critical to the business, where it’s located, and who’s in charge of managing or maintaining it.”Next, develop a plan. Once you’ve identified your critical information, protect it with physical security and internal processes.”Physical security may be as simple as knowing who has office keys,” says Khanna. “It may also include employee badges, which secure and track access in and out of a facility. Internal processes may be something simple, like outlining steps for granting or limiting access to key documents. Another example is defining a process for destroying and dealing with paper copies of sensitive data.”Finally, back up your data. The technology you choose should fit your data protection needs, says Khanna. On-premise back-up solutions range from making copies of information onto CDs to having back-up servers on premise. However, the obvious disadvantage of this approach is that it doesn’t protect against natural disasters that occur in the immediate area.”If you’re protecting critical information that people need to safely and securely access to do their work, cloud solutions are key,” he says. Many cloud providers use military-grade reinforced data facilities dispersed around the world, so if the disaster is more localized, you data will have a better chance of survival.  Related: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Storage Apps for Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » min readlast_img read more