DONEGAL BACK IN POLE POSITION AFTER FLAG FIASCO!

first_imgA crack team of Donegal supporters have staved off the threat of invasion by Mayo supporters ahead of Sunday’s crunch All-Ireland finalWe revealed this week how Mayo supporters climbed Donegal’s highest mountain Mt Errigal and planted a Mayo flag at the top. The supporters even posted a video to You Tube of the raid.The act of defiance caused a huge stir in Donegal when the Mayo men crossed deep into enemy lines to plant the flag!However not to be outdone a team of Donegal supporters have also scaled the 2,464 ft peak and removed the flag.The only thing left of the Mayo flag is the flagpole on a mound of rocks! DONEGAL BACK IN POLE POSITION AFTER FLAG FIASCO! was last modified: September 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalflagMayoMt Errigallast_img read more

Throwback time: Warriors going old school for pivotal Game 6 against Rockets

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/10/bang_2cff992e-b1f0-42ba-9931-56bcde697ede”]The Warriors are returning to their roots — even ahead of Game 6 against the Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston. Stephen Curry wore his 2015 shoes at the shootaround as the Dubs prepare to throw it back to the high-pick-and-roll style that won them their first championship, and then in 73 games in 2016.The same style, which the Cleveland Cavaliers also exploited in the later games of the 2016 NBA Finals, …last_img

Tony Award for SA puppet company

first_img9 May 2011South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company has won a coveted Tony Award for the life-size puppets that are at the heart of the highly acclaimed West End and Broadway play War Horse.The Cape Town-based company has already accepted the honour for the 2011 Tony Awards taking place later this year. The award was an exclusive one, meaning that no other puppet-making companies were eligible for it.Basil Jones, Handspring co-founder, said: “It was wonderful to be able to announce it on the factory floor.”The award will be presented to the company on 12 June 2011 at the 65th Annual Tony Awards ceremony.Another South African export, world-renowned playwright Athol Fugard, will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony.Horses at warThe life-size cane and plywood horses used for the play War Horse have earned the puppet company kudos for its contribution to the creative industry. The play has received five Tony nominations – for best play, best direction, best scenic design, best lighting design, and best sound design.The play, which premiered at London’s National Theatre in 2007 and started its Broadway run in April 2011, depicts the story of a boy’s horse taken by the British cavalry to participate in World War One. It is based on the 1982 novel of the same name, written by British poet, playwright and children’s author Michael Morpurgo.Jones said: “The roots of War Horse were in a production called Tall Horse that Handspring did with a Malian puppet company and which a National Theatre creative team saw in South Africa.“We had hoped the National Theatre would take Tall Horse, which featured a giraffe, to London, but instead they came to Handspring with a proposal to do work based on animals and war.”The horses were made by a team of 12 craftsmen using durable material to make sure the wear and tear of the horses didn’t affect the play during its running.The original set of horses lasted for 1 000 performances and didn’t need professional puppeteers to work them, although Handspring sent a puppeteer to help during the first season of the play.For its use of these magnificent creations, the London run of War Horse won an Olivier Award, an Evening Standard Theatre Award and the London Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for design.Creative collaborationThe 30-year-old puppet company has collaborated with many innovative South Africans in the creative industry, including theatre directors Malcolm Purkey and Barney Simon and renowned painter, filmmaker and director William Kentridge.Kentridge, who has worked closely with the company, said: “Audiences see the puppeteers at work in pieces like War Horse, but you can’t stop yourself believing the reality of those horses, it’s kind of magical.“I think it’s fantastic that their years of work and their extraordinary skill get this recognition.”Kentridge and Handspring first collaborated in 1992 on a play based on German playwright Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck on the Highveld.Awarding theatrical excellenceThe Tony Awards were established in 1947 after the American Theatre Wing sought a way to award those who excelled in theatre.The Tony Award is regarded in the arts industry as theatre’s most prestigious accolade.The awards were named after Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer and philanthropist, who was the leader of the American Theatre Wing during World War Two and had recently passed.Although the Tonys were established in 1947, for the first two years of the awards there was no medallion to go with the award.The medallion was design by Herman Rosse in 1949, after the designers union, United Scenic Artists, sponsored a medallion design contest, and has been used ever since.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Google Squared Gets Some Much Needed Improvements

first_imgTags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Google Squaredlaunched to a lot of hype earlier this year, but the initial reaction from most pundits was rather negative. Squared, which gathers and displays structured data, often returned rather nonsensical results, and we would venture to guess that only a few people are actually using it now. Today, Google announced some updates to Squared that should make it more useful. Now, if you do a search on Squared, for example, the results will contain up to 120 facts – up from 30 in the initial release. As Google points out, a search for US presidents, for example, initially returned a table with only five presidents and three categories. Now, however, this table includes data on 20 presidents and lists up to six attributes. Squared also now gives users the option to sort columns – a feature that was sorely lacking in the first iteration of this product. Related Posts Squared is now more selective about the data it includes. And it also learns from edits and corrections that users make.New: Export Data to Google Spreadsheets and CSV FilesIn addition, Google gives users the option to export data to a Google Spreadsheet or a CSV file. This should make it a lot easier to actually do something interesting with this data. As an example, Google explains how to build a list of African countries and then create a scatter plot that examines the relationship between GDP and literacy rate in these countries.Will You Give it a Second Try?Overall, the data that Google Squared now returns does indeed look more accurate than in earlier versions, though some results are still rather strange (to be fair, this is still a Google Labs product). We do wonder how useful a service like this really is. Are you likely to head over to Google Squared for research? Would you trust its results? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

InFocus Truth and Reconciliation Commission

first_imgIn this edition we put the 7th and final national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, InFocus.For the first half residential school survivors share their views on reconciliation now that the TRC’s statement gathering has come to an end.And in the second half, a panel of youth share how Canada’s residential school legacy has impacted them.last_img

MTS to increase frequency of some of its busiest bus routes around

first_img January 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, MTS to increase frequency of some of its busiest bus routes around San Diego SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Metropolitan Transit System officials Thursday announced it will increase the frequency of some of its busiest bus routes beginning next week.Under MTS’s Transit Optimization Plan, more than 30 routes will have a frequency of 15 minutes or quicker by the time the plan is fully implemented in June at a cost of $2 million, according to the agency.On Jan. 28, MTS will roll out the first changes on some its most frequently traveled routes. Among them is Route 3, which services Hillcrest, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter, which will see weekday frequency increase from 15 to 12 minutes and Sunday frequency increased from 60 minutes to 30 minutes.Route 5, which services downtown, Stockton, Chollas View and Euclid, will see its weekday frequency increased from 15 to 12 minutes.Route 950, which links Otay Mesa and Iris Avenue Station, will now run every 10 minutes during morning peak hours.Other routes are being split in two to increase reliability.“We know that frequency and speed of service are the keys for our current riders and attracting new riders,”  MTS Chief Executive Paul Jablonski said. “We are investing into our system to make it as convenient and efficient as possible. Hundreds of thousands of people already choose transit every day. We’re working hard to make our system an even more attractive choice for people all over the San Diego region.”A complete list of changes can be viewed at www.sdmts.com/TOP. Posted: January 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Oxfam says former Haiti director admitted hiring sex workers

first_img.The former Oxfam official at the centre of a prostitution scandal admitted to paying for sex at his charity-funded residence during an internal inquiry into the allegations, a report released Monday by the British organisation said.The report also said three Oxfam employees physically threatened a witness in the investigation into alleged sexual misconduct in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake there.The charity fired fired four staff members for gross misconduct and allowed three others, including former country director Roland van Hauwermeiren, to resign over allegations they hired young sex workers.The 68-year-old Belgian has denied organising orgies or visiting brothels on the Caribbean island, saying he told Oxfam he had engaged in “intimate relations some three times” at his home but did not pay for these liaisons.A redacted copy of the 2011 report made public by the charity said Van Hauwermeiren offered to resign after admitting to investigators that he had hired sex workers at Oxfam-funded accommodation.”During the interview the CD admitted to using prostitutes in his OGB (Oxfam Great Britain) residence,” the report said.During the inquiry, three employees also allegedly threatened a colleague who had been interviewed by investigators after witness details were leaked.”This incident resulted in three of the suspects… physically threatening and intimidating one of the witnesses who had been referred to in the report,” it said.Details of action taken against the suspects included dismissal for “bullying and intimidation of OGB staff” and misuse of Oxfam computing equipment “through the access and download of pornographic and illegal material”.- ‘Dignified exit’ -Oxfam has unveiled an action plan to tackle sexual harassment and abuse, and agreed not to bid for any more state funds until reforms were in place.It has faced accusations it was not transparent about the scandal, which has led to the resignation of its deputy head and high-profile ambassadors such as Desmond Tutu.The report said the charity negotiated a month’s notice period with Van Hauwermeiren and agreed to allow him “a phased and dignified exit” if he cooperated with the rest of the investigation.His dismissal could lead to “potentially serious implications for the programme, affiliate relationships and the rest of the investigation”, it said.The report said Oxfam officials had received an email in July that year alerting them to alleged sexual exploitation, fraud, negligence and nepotism during relief efforts.It concluded that the inquiry found no substantial evidence of fraud, nepotism or hiring underage sex workers, “although it cannot be ruled out that any of the prostitutes were underage”.The charity said it had released the report “to be as transparent as possible about the decisions made during the investigation and in recognition of the breach of trust that has been caused”.Van Hauwermeiren said in a letter published by Belgian media last week that he had not visited any brothels, nightclubs or bars in Haiti.”There were numerous men and women who tried to get into my house with all sorts of excuses to demand money, work, or to offer sexual services. But I never gave into these advances,” he wrote.In the letter he said he told Oxfam he had sexual relations with an “honourable, mature woman” and did not give her any money, but added he was however “deeply ashamed” of the incident.Oxfam said it had passed the names of the seven men accused of sexual misconduct to relevant authorities and has shared an unredacted version of the report with the Haitian ambassador in London.It added it would give a copy of the report to the Haitian government, which has said it would open a probe into the scandal, in a meeting planned for Monday morning.last_img read more

New Hitachi Liion batteries to last ten years

first_img Scientists Working Toward Better Batteries Citation: New Hitachi Li-ion batteries to last ten years (2010, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-hitachi-li-ion-batteries-ten-years.html (PhysOrg.com) — Hitachi has announced they may be able to double the life of rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries through the development of a new cathode material. The material was developed in conjunction with the company Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery, and while it will not be useful initially for small applications such as laptops, cameras or smartphones, it may be ideal for larger batteries in hybrid or electric vehicles, and for storing excess energy produced by wind farm generators. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Original Hitachi paper (Japanese): www.hitachi.co.jp/New/cnews/mo … h/2010/04/0405a.html Explore further The new battery uses more manganese for the positive electrode and reduces the use of the far more expensive cobalt. Hitachi says the new cathode material is the composite oxide lithium manganese spinel (LIMn2O4), a crystalline material that is much more stable than the previous cathode material. Its stability makes the cathode more resistant to attack by the electrolyte, and inhibits leaching of cathode material into the electrolyte (both processes that eventually stop the battery holding a charge). The new cathode material extends the life of the battery to ten years from the more usual average working life of five years, and it also boosts the battery’s capacity. The battery will also be cheaper than current lithium-ion batteries because of the reduced use of cobalt.Lead-acid batteries are usually used for large installations because of their longer working life of up to 10 years, and also because of their lower cost. Lithium-ion batteries have about quadruple the power density of the lead-acid batteries, so if their lifetime could be doubled and the cost reduced, they could replace the traditional batteries for the larger applications.Lithium-ion batteries are found in almost all portable electronic devices these days, and the new battery technology may be able to be scaled down for use in these gadgets. The battery is at prototype stage at the moment, but Hitachi expects it to be available for larger scale industrial uses probably early in 2011.The new battery was produced with the aid of Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, and Hitachi hopes its concentration on batteries for ecologically sustainable industries such as wind farms and electric vehicles will help it return to profitability. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Image credit: Hitachilast_img read more

Customize Microsoft Word 2007 for Maximum Efficiency

first_img Microsoft Word has endured many changes over the years. Depending upon whom you ask, some of the changes have been for the better; others, not so much. Throughout all the variations, however, one factor has remained constant: Microsoft has not always made the best choices in choosing some of the default settings.For example, you might not agree with Microsoft’s decision to put your files in My Documents automatically. As a result, just about everyone can benefit from making some easy tweaks to their copies of Word 2007 (the version that is the focus of this article). By changing the program to work the way you want it to, you’ll get more work done with less aggravation.Reveal the Paragraph MarksOne of the first alterations you might want to make is to turn on the paragraph marks, which signal the end of a paragraph with the “¶” symbol. These symbols do not appear when you print a document, but for several reasons it’s helpful to have them in your documents.First, these marks “contain” the formatting for a paragraph, and you can copy and paste a paragraph symbol to copy one paragraph’s attributes to another. Similarly, if you delete the symbol, the paragraph will be joined with the next, and take on its attributes. You might not want this result, so being able to see the paragraph mark may help you avoid deleting it by accident. Finally, some people have the bad habit of using paragraph ends to force lines to break where they want them, which can cause a lot of extra work if you later decide to reformat the document with a different font size or line length.To turn on the paragraph marks, start with the Office button in the upper left corner of the Word window, and choose the Word Options button at the bottom of the window. This will open the Word Options window, which is where you can make most of the customization changes. (In the rest of this article, we’ll simply say “open the Word Options window” rather than repeat the instructions on how to open it.)Choose Display in the left column menu to show the display options. Check the Paragraph marks check box in the section marked “Always show these formatting marks on the screen”. Then choose the OK button to accept the change. Now your paragraph marks will show on the screen as you type. Note that this will also show line breaks (which start a new line but not a new paragraph) with an “8” symbol. You can also use the Display options to turn on other handy formatting characters, such as tab symbols.Put Your Files Where You Want ThemAnother niggling problem: By default, Word always puts your new files in the My Documents folder. But you’ll likely prefer to save most of your documents to some other folder, depending on how you have your hard drive organized. For example, maybe you write letters that you typically want to save in a Letters folder instead of in My Documents. With the default settings, you must change the destination folder whenever you go to open or save a file. But you can change that easily.Open the Word Options window, and choose the Save option on the left menu. The top section has the heading “Save documents”. In the last line of that section, marked “Default file location”, enter the name of the folder that you want to use as the default. In this case, I’ve entered C:Letters as the new setting, but you can enter any location you like. Choose the OK button when you’re satisfied. You can also use the Browse button to navigate around your hard drive and find the folder you want.While you’re on the Save options screen, consider making one other handy change. Starting with Office 2007, Word uses the “.docx” file format by default. This is fine if you never have to share documents with anyone else, or if everyone you work with has Word 2007. But if you have to share your files with people who have older versions of Office, they may not be able to read these files conveniently. In order to give them a format that they can use, you need to remember to use the Save As command and change the Save as type setting to Word 97-2003 document (*.doc) every time you start a new file, so that you save it in the standard .doc file format.If you always want to create the older file format, you can make it the default choice by opening the Word Options window, and in the “Save options” section, changing the entry for “Save files in this format:”. Choose the format you prefer from the drop-down list, such as “Word 97-2003 document (*.doc)”. Choose OK, and the next new document you create will be saved using this format by default.An Extra Ounce of PreventionPrior versions of Word had a “Fast Saves” feature that fortunately has been eliminated in Word 2007. (The feature resulted in larger files that had a higher chance of becoming corrupted.) One feature that has been retained from past versions, however, is Word’s ability to automatically create a backup of a file whenever you save it. This can provide some excellent protection against dumb mistakes, like deleting half of a chapter. For some reason, Microsoft does not turn on the backup feature by default. But with backups turned on, you will always have a copy of the previous version as well as your most recently saved version. (Note that this is not the same as Word’s AutoRecover function that only helps you in the event of a system crash or similar event.)To turn on the backup feature, open the Word Options window, and choose Advanced from the left menu. Then scroll down to the section marked Save, and put a check in the check box for “Always create a backup copy”. This change just may save your bacon some day. The only drawback to automatic backups is that they do take up storage space. While this is not a serious problem in today’s era of enormous hard drives, you still may want to clean them out from time to time. (Fortunately, these backups use the .wbk file extension, which makes them easier to find.)Choose a Different Default FontWord 2007 comes with a bunch of new and attractive fonts, and uses them for some of its default styles. For example, the Normal style by default uses 11-point Calibri, which many people find to be a clean, sans-serif font. But perhaps you prefer a more classical look to your documents–say, a serif font like New Times Roman in 12 point, or perhaps even the typewriter-like monospace Courier New in 12 point. Luckily it’s relatively easy to pick another font as the default for your documents.Start by typing some text in a new document; then select the text. (Ctrl+A will select it all.) Use the Home tab on the Ribbon and change the text to the font settings that you prefer using the boxes in the Font section of the Ribbon. Then right-click the Normal button in the Styles section of the Ribbon, and choose “Update Normal to Match Selection”. This will reset the Normal style in this document to your new settings.Now, the next part may seem a bit strange at first, but hang in there. Change to the View tab on the Ribbon, and click on the top half of the Macros button at the far right of the Ribbon to open the Macros window. Next, choose the Organizer button on the Macros window to open the Organizer window. Then change to the Styles tab. You should see two lists of styles; one for your current document on the left, and one for the Normal.dotm on the right (as shown in the full-size screen shot). Select the Normal style in your current document, and then choose the Copy button.You will see a message box asking if you want to overwrite the Normal style in the Normal template. Choose Yes, and the default font for your documents will be changed. The next time you start a new Blank document, your new font choice will show up as the Normal style font.Lose the Wasted SpaceMicrosoft made another decision about the Normal style that you might want to change. By default, it leaves an extra 10 points of blank space after each new paragraph before the next line starts. If you prefer to have the spacing between paragraphs be single-spaced, just like the lines of text, here’s how to make the change.As before, create a new document and type a bit of text. On the Ribbon, switch to the Page Layout tab. In the section marked Paragraph, under the heading Spacing, change the After setting from 10 to 0. Then use Ctrl-A to select all the text (and the paragraph mark), and then switch back to the Home tab on the Ribbon. Right-click on the Normal style button, and choose “Update Normal to Match Selection”. This will change the paragraph spacing for all paragraphs in this document.Repeat the same steps as for changing the font in the Normal template. Use the View tab on the Ribbon, click on Macros, then Organizer, then the Styles tab. Copy the Normal style from your current document to the Normal template, and confirm your choice when the window appears. Now all your new documents will have single spacing between paragraphs.It isn’t hard to get Word set up to work the way you want, instead of Microsoft’s guess at what’s best for you. These six tweaks should make your work with Word more efficient. They also serve as an introduction for many of the places where you can easily customize the program to meet your needs. Explore some of the other settings, and you may find ones that can make a big difference. Brought to you by PCWorld Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 9 min read November 17, 2008 Register Now »last_img read more