Ballymagroarty councillor says action is needed to tackle joyriding

first_img Pinterest Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Google+ Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Previous articleOverturned Artic blocks Bruckless to Killybegs roadNext articlePeople of Gweedore are losing patience with stalled Sewerage Scheme project admin Pinterest Ballymagroarty councillor says action is needed to tackle joyriding A Derry councillor is urging the PSNI to increase its presence in the Ballymagroarty area of the city following a number of joyriding incidents .Cllr Mickey Cooper says he was contacted by a number of residents yesterday morning with concerns about a burnt out car on the Aileach Road which runs through the area.Cllr Cooper says there have been a number of similar incidents in the area over the last few months, and while he wouldn’t says there is a systemic joyriding problem in the area, it is something which should be addressed………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Twitter WhatsApp Google+center_img By admin – December 14, 2015 Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Facebook Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Twitter Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn last_img read more

3000 entries sell-out for Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa

first_img Related The sixth edition of Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa has now sold out for individuals; although team entries are still available for the early 2013 event. The early sell-out of Ironman 70.3 South Africa for next year, follows the record-breaking entries recorded for the 2012 event.The Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa event has therefore, once again, rubberstamped its status as one of the most popular events on the global Ironman 70.3 calendar – with 3000 individuals getting ready to line up on Orient Beach in Buffalo City on Sunday 20 January 2013.The entry sell-out trend of the last two years continued this year, with individual entries selling out well before the official closing of entries. Those athletes fortunate enough to have secured a slot will be part of ‘an unforgettable race, one that always produces inspiring stories of trials and triumph.’Team entries are still available but athletes looking to enter should do so before the close of general entries in order to avoid having to pay the late entry price. General entries close on midnight local time on Friday 2 November 2012. Late entries run until 23 November 2012.The General Team Entry price is R3400 per team and the Late Entry price is R4100 per team. A maximum of 100 teams will be taken and there are less than 40 team entries currently remaining. Teams can consist of either three or two read more

The yes and no of Scottish independence

first_img Follow Eduardo on Twitter On 18 September 2014 two sets of nationalists – Scots and UK respectively – will be hoping their supporters vote in large numbers. Personally I think they’ll both struggle with turnout – given what’s at stake, these campaigns are oddly technocratic. The ‘yes’ campaign, perhaps intending not to scare off undecided voters by playing a fervent nationalist stereotype, stresses how little would change in an independent Scotland. The ‘no’ campaign, seemingly wary that in a straight fight it might struggle to match the misty eyed-or-mountain romantic appeal of the ‘to be a nation again’ vibe, isn’t really invoking the idea of a country either. Instead, the campaign prefers to rely on negative scare stories – focusing in particular on ‘national security’-type issues. As nation-based bust-ups go, this is hardly 1776. Both sides might get closer to a campaign to be proud of with a focus on legal issues. Thinking back, devolution was still pretty young at the time of the Lockerbie trial – at the time the legal community in Scotland successfully projected their huge pride that the trial had been held abroad under Scottish law and had stood up well to the international scrutiny that entailed. The ability to project national prestige is surely a defining feature of a nation. And I notice first minister Alex Salmond spent some time last year promoting Scotland as an arbitration and dispute resolution centre, though it doesn’t seem to feature in his yes campaign. That’s a shame – Scottish banking has a mixed rep now, but not so its advocates and courts. For either campaign, surely this far into devolution, the huge body of Scotland-only laws to have come out of Holyrood should be some kind of battle ground? These laws have affected people’s lives in palpable ways – they are real in a way that ethereal fears around the future of Nato membership are not. So has separate law-making been just great, or a chance for second-rate law makers to ‘go rogue’? At a formal lawyers’ dinner I attended in Edinburgh a few years back, the after-dinner speaker was not the customary comedian/raconteur, but one of the sheriffs, who launched into a 30-minute tirade against the Scottish executive for passing bad laws. Why be dull, frankly? The audience, I sense, would have preferred more jokes – but even less electrifying would have been a speech from the average ‘no’ campaign luminary. My point is, pick up any newspaper north or south of the border, and it’s clear that the law arouses strong passions in among the media and the general population – in a way that Nato membership, say, no longer does. So why not focus on it? The answer that both the ‘yes’ and the ‘no’ campaigns fail to provide, is how they can respectively hope to build or maintain a nation based on the low-risk technocratic glue, and fear-stoking that the campaigns currently rely on. As it appears at the moment, whether the result is ‘yes’ or ‘no’, it doesn’t feel as if there will be any winners. Eduardo Reyes is Gazette features editorlast_img read more

Individualizing the Web

first_imgSummary: I analyse a 1994 Personal Information Management program and compare its goals to what we want in in a similar tool in 2004. I discover the requirements are basically the same.The blogosphere is mostly a synchronous give-and-take of content. People largely comment on and link to things that other people are commenting on and linking to. It’s a circular flow of information, with a particular point in time always at the epicentre. It’s why 99% of weblogs are primarily ordered chronologically – with the most recent post at the top of the page.When I’m looking for information to quench my insatiable thirst for knowledge, I often use the Web in an asynchronous manner. That is, I like to read historical web documents and compare them to current blogosphere memes. The Wayback Machine is my friend in this regard. Why, just last week I discovered a gem of historical Web documentation: the Electronic Proceedings of the Second World Wide Web Conference ’94: Mosaic and the Web. This is a record of all the presentations made to the 2nd annual WWW conference back in 1994. I intend to browse through most of the presentations in due course, but for now I want to tell you about the first one that tickled my Interest gland.It’s funny how a tool developed 10 years ago can still accurately describe the requirements of the 2004-era Web. That’s exactly the case with PAINT, a “tool for individualizing the Web”. Here’s the executive summary:The increasing complexity of navigating the Internet is becoming one of the fundamental obstacles to its effective use. This is due to the nature of the Internet, principally, a disorganized collection of both sites and site documents whose exponential growth rate rapidly is outstripping any user’s ability to master it. There are two ways to deal with this complexity: reorganize the structure of the Internet or give each user the ability to organize an individual perspective of the Internet. Although the former would produce more global benefit, the latter is both easier to accomplish and potentially more beneficial to any individual or group of users.Our approach, therefore, is to create a navigation tool which copes with Internet complexity at the individual, rather than the organizational, level. This tool, PAINT (Personalized, Adaptive Internet Navigation Tool), allows the user to impose a hierarchical organization on Internet sites and documents of interest by creating categories under which to group sites. Such categorization can be used not only by an individual user, but also can be shared among groups of users with similar interests. PAINT will also provide local automatic classification based on user parameters and user behavior. That is, PAINT will record visited locations and categorize them according to past use. The user is then free to examine the automated organization, modify it, and make it a personalized view of the Internet. In our report, we will describe the PAINT tool, its use, and some preliminary investigations of local, automatic categorization.This webpage, even though nearly 10 years old, still in a nutshell describes what we’re looking for in a PIM (Personal Information Management) appliance circa 2004. You can get all fancy and talk about wanting agents to gather data automatically, or using Bayesian filters, or latent semantic indexing. But really it still boils down to this: we want a tool that (in the words of Paint) individualizes the Web. Take the following sentence from the first paragraph in that 1994 webpage. It outlines the central problem – complexity – and the two general solutions. In red type, I’ve added how these two solutions are (generally speaking) being approached now:There are two ways to deal with this complexity: reorganize the structure of the Internet(2004 = the Semantic Web) or give each user the ability to organize an individual perspective of the Internet(2004 = bootstrapping; eg what tech bloggers are now trying to do with their weblog taxonomies).The program PAINT was designed to take the second approach. Paint wanted to put the user at the centre of their own personal Web:This tool, PAINT (Personalized, Adaptive Internet Navigation Tool), allows the user to impose a hierarchical organization on Internet sites and documents of interest by creating categories under which to group sites.The key things to note: PAINT enables people to create a hierarchical organization for their information, by grouping items into categories. Hmm, sound familiar?PAINT circa 1994 was first of all an extension of the Mosaic web browser’s hotlist facility. Hotlists were the equivalent of Favourites in the modern IE browser, or Bookmarks in Netscape. But at the time, hotlists could not be organized into folders. You just had the one list of documents and websites. So it could be argued that PAINT was simply a description of what IE Favorites or Netscape Bookmarks became a couple of years later – a hierarchical set of folders with which to store website URLs.But I think PAINT’s goals were deeper than that. Look at your usage of Favorites or Bookmarks today – do you use them as a way to categorize information you find on the Web? Do you organize your information into a hierarchy using the folders available to you? If you’re like me, once upon a time you made an effort to do all this, but it long ago fell by the wayside. With the advent of RSS and Google I hardly ever use my IE Favorites anymore! And yet we still have this over-riding need to organize our information on the Web…But obviously I can only take a comparison of PIM requirements then (1994) and now (2004) so far. What’s different now? For a start we’ve had an exponential increase in the amount of data and information on the Web, thanks in part to having weblog tools that allow anyone (technical or no) to publish on the Web. But perhaps more fundamentally, information on the Web is now published as “microcontent”. Information exists in “chunks”, and each chunk of information is defined with a permalink. True, we haven’t yet reached the stage where individual paragraphs or even sentences are given permalinks – but maybe that world of data isn’t too far off.So, could PAINT – or more likely a PAINT boosted with 2004-era technologies – be used to help us build weblog taxonomies based on categorizing our content hierachically? Well yes, but we’re already building such tools. Dave Winer has developed a product called Channel Z which categorizes weblog posts into categories created by the author. k-collector allows bloggers to create and post to categories in a shared directory. And some clever bloggers (eg Paul Ford, Erik Benson, Bill Seitz) have created their own automated back-linking categorizing extravaganzas. So we’re moving towards the goals that PAINT (and others I’m sure) defined back in 1994, and that visionaries such as Ted Nelson and Vannevar Bush defined decades before that. We haven’t got there yet though. Most of us still muddle our way manually organizing our Web content. PIM Nirvana hasn’t yet been developed. But with initiatives such as Chandler taking over the mantle from PAINT as the next big thing of PIMs, the circle of Web innovation continues and the dream lives on. Everybody wants to control and be at the centre of their information environment – will we ever succeed? 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Complete specs of Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 leaked

first_imgA Bluetooth certification leak has revealed that Samsung will belaunching two new smartphones in the Galaxy J series. The phones are revealed to beGalaxy J5(SM-J500/DS) Dual-SIM and Galaxy J7 (SM-J7008).The phones have been certified forBluetooth 4.1 and according to the details the Galaxy J5 will feature a 5-inchscreen with a 720×1280 resolution. The phone will be powered by the Snapdragon410 SoC which also features in the Moto E (2nd Gen) LTE. For multitasking thephone will be equipped with 1.5GB RAM. The phone comes with 8GBinbuilt memory, which is expandable using a microSD card. The phonewill carry a 13Megapixel on back and a 5megpixel on front.The J7 will be the bigger version sporting a 5.5-inch screenwith the same resolution but this phone will be powered by an octa-core MarvelPXA1936 chipset. Other than that thephone might feature 2GB of RAM and a 3000mAh battery. The camera issimilar to what we’ll get with Galaxy J5. Both phones will feature Lollipop 5.1out of the box.last_img read more

Women Encouraged to do Pap Smear

first_imgJamaican women between 21 and 55 years of age are being encouraged to do their annual pap smear, in order to facilitate early detection and treatment if cancer is found.This call forms part of the Jamaica Cancer Society’s (JCS) observance of Cancer Awareness Month in April, under the theme: ‘Screening and a Healthy Lifestyle Practice – Your Best Defence in the Fight against Cancer’.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on April 3, at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, said the organization “is seeking to raise its level of awareness of (cervical cancer) and to educate and motivate women who are at risk for this particular type of cancer, to come out and get screened.”Mrs. Gordon emphasised that the public education campaign during April is used to motivate Jamaican women who have not been doing their Pap smear tests, to get screened immediately.Cancer Awareness Month, she pointed out, focuses on cervical cancer, which is the second leading cause of death in Jamaican women, aged 45 and older, and noted that approximately 20 out of every 100,000 women are actually diagnosed each year, with another 250 women dying from the disease.Statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that there is an estimated 500,000 new cases worldwide, and that another 250,000 women die from the cancer each year.Mrs. Gordon said the campaign will be targeting all women who are at risk for cervical cancer, and that educational sessions will be held each Friday during the month, at the JCS head office, located at 16 Lady Musgrave Avenue in Kingston. She also advised that customers will be offered a 5 per cent discount on the cost to get their pap smears done on any given Friday during the month of April.On Sunday, April 14, a Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Swallowfield Chapel in Kingston at 7:00 a.m. There will also be a public lecture on Sunday, April 28 at the New Medical Science building on the grounds of University of the West Indies, Mona.Messages will also be carried though the social media networks, so that persons can be adequately informed of the importance of the observance, as well as the importance of doing the test.By Toni-Ann Rankine, JIS Public Relations Officerlast_img read more