Traffic and parking notice issued for Leck Blessing of the Graves

first_imgThe Leck Graveyard Service of Remembrance will take place in Letterkenny this Sunday 14th July.The Old Leck service will be held at 4pm and the New Leck service is at 5pm.To safely faciliate traffic and attendees, Gardaí have issued the following notice: “All fit and able-bodied people attending the Leck Graveyard services are requested to walk.“For those who must drive, a one way traffic system will be implemented along Leck Road towards Cullion Cross roads. All vehicular traffic approaching Leck graveyard from Cullion Cross Roads is requested to turn for home before parking and face back towards Cullion Cross Roads.“All vehicular traffic approaching Leck graveyard from the Oldtown direction and parking along Leck Road, past Lismonaghan Hill Junction are also requested to park facing in the direction of Cullion Cross roads.“Drivers are requested not to park in graveyard gateways in the event of an ambulance needing access. Disabled parking is available in the graveyard and when exiting same a left turn towards Cullion Crossroads is only permitted. Due to large attendance please leave in good time to arrive for Services.“Old Leck Graveyard service is at 4pm and the service at New Leck graveyard is at 5pm. Advertisement “Your assistance and patience is very much appreciated.”Traffic and parking notice issued for Leck Blessing of the Graves was last modified: July 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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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Pluto, Charon Details Trickle In

first_img(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 New photos from Pluto and Charon continue to show enigmatic features.Pluto’s North PoleAstrobiology Magazine posted a very detailed, color-enhanced image taken by New Horizons of the northern regions of Pluto, where deep canyons rival the largest in the solar system. One canyon is estimated to be 45 miles across; two others are six miles across. Click the image on the New Horizons page to appreciate the beauty of the full-resolution image.Pluto’s north polar regionCredit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research InstituteAlso puzzling are pits 45 miles across and 2.5 miles deep, seen at the lower right.Large, irregularly-shaped pits reach 45 miles (70 kilometers) across and 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) deep, scarring the region. These pits may indicate locations where subsurface ice has melted or sublimated from below, causing the ground to collapse.The color and composition of this region – shown in enhanced color – also are unusual.  High elevations show up in a distinctive yellow, not seen elsewhere on Pluto.  The yellowish terrain fades to a uniform bluish gray at lower elevations and latitudes. New Horizons’ infrared measurements show methane ice is abundant across Lowell Regio, and there is relatively little nitrogen ice.  “One possibility is that the yellow terrains may correspond to older methane deposits that have been more processed by solar radiation than the bluer terrain,” said Will Grundy, New Horizons composition team lead from Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona.Geology enthusiasts will appreciate a preliminary geology map constructed by the team showing features on the smooth region called Sputnik Planum.Charon, Nitrogen ThiefA freezing ocean that apparently swelled and cracked the crust of Pluto’s large moon Charon has been compared by Space.com and the New Horizons team to the Incredible Hulk busting through his shirt. And if Pluto’s canyon’s are impressive, consider the odd finding that this moon, just a fourth the diameter of its parent, sports a canyon 1,100 miles long and 4.5 miles deep.Another post on Space.com provides background information about Charon, including how it got its name. The little moon steals material from Pluto’s atmosphere:New Horizons revealed an unusual feature, a surprising red formation at Charon’s northern pole. This reddish hue comes from Pluto’s atmosphere. Pluto itself is too small to hold onto its atmosphere for its lifetime, so the nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide leave the surface. Close-orbiting Charon captures some of the material, which is then funneled toward the surface. As the material collects, galactic cosmic rays and ultraviolet light from the sun interact to create tholins, complex compounds that form through the irradiation of simple organic compounds.Both Pluto and Charon may have had liquid oceans under their crusts, the article says.Next Stop for New HorizonsThe New Horizons team has selected a Kuiper Belt Object named 2014 MU69 for its next encounter. If all goes well, the spacecraft will buzz by this small object in January 2019. It’s only a fuzzy speck from Earth. Depending on its surface brightness, 2014 MU69 could be just 1% the size of Pluto.History in the making! These are exciting times to watch new discoveries come in from distant parts of the solar system. Stay tuned for more surprises as data from the Pluto flyby continue to trickle in over the next few months.last_img read more

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Rainbow kids boost London bid

first_img2 August 2005It seems South Africa is the world in one country after all.In the presentation that helped London secure the 2012 Olympic Games was Inspiration, a short film showing children from four continents being inspired by the Games to become athletes themselves. Except the children weren’t from four continents – they were all South African.The first part of the film shows kids from Mexico, Africa, Russia and China watching images of London winning the 2012 bid. The second part followed them growing up and chasing their dreams of being Olympian cyclists, runners, swimmers and gymnasts.But it turns out that the actor playing Pedro, the Mexican cyclist, is in fact Earl Adams from Tshwane. Sophie the Russian swimmer is Melissa Ramsay of Centurion, while Caitlin Ho of Edenglen plays Taek-Hoi, the Chinese gymnast.The only actor who didn’t have to pretend to be from elsewhere was runner Siphiwe Mbatha, who is indeed from Soweto.The film was shot in and around the province of Gauteng for £400 000 (some R4.7-million) by South African-born producer Caroline Rowland and British director Darryl Goodrich of New Moon productions.Rowland comes from Welkom in the Free State and studied journalism at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. Her parents live in Johannesburg.Inspiration had tough competition from a film by Hollywood heavyweight Steven Spielberg, who supported the New York bid, and acclaimed French director Luc Besson’s showcase of Paris. But it seems South Africa’s kids helped pulled it through.“It was such a great honour to be up against them,” Goodrich said. “They are renowned film-makers. But we weren’t daunted because we were confident that we had a good creative idea.”Rowland agreed. “I think it raised a few eyebrows when Spielberg and Besson were involved and it was announced that Goodrich and Rowland would make the film for London,” she said. “It’s nice to come through at the end.”There has been French criticism of the child actors’ real nationality, which Rowland rejects.“The London video represents a vision,” she told the British Mail on Sunday. “When you are portraying fiction, it is impractical to jump across continents.”‘I didn’t fall off once’The South African kids all agree that making the film was a great experience.“I didn’t fall off once,” eight-year-old Earl Adams of Tshwane, who plays Pedro the Mexican cyclist, told the Mail on Sunday. “When I heard London had won the bid I jumped around a lot.”Although Melissa Ramsay (7) of Centurion can only do the dog-paddle, she loved being Sophie the Russian swimmer. “It was fun,” she told the Mail. “I love being in front of the camera.”According to Sophie’s mother Elsa Ramsay, Melissa has no Olympic aspirations. “Her dream is to become a vet.”But Siphiwe Mbatha (12) of Soweto is a real Olympic hopeful. In the film he is seen running down a dirt road in Africa.“I’ve got awards at home,” Mbatha told the newspaper. “One day I want to run in the Olympics.” The only problem, he says, is that “my parents can’t afford coaching.”Rainbow magic, Madiba magicFor Margaret Ho, mother of Caitlin Ho (7) – who plays Chinese gymnast Taek-Ho – the film gives kudos to South Africa’s kids.“I was told the story was about children from different backgrounds who end up representing their countries at the Olympics,” she told the Mail on Sunday. “I think it’s quite a coup that South African kids were instrumental in winning the bid for London.”And not only the country’s kids: Madiba magic may also have played a role. Nelson Mandela came out strongly in support of London’s Olympic hopes.In a statement released in April, the former South African president and 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner said that London’s unique cultural diversity made it the ideal city to host the 2012 Games.“There is no city like London,” Mandela said. “It is a wonderfully diverse and open city providing a home to hundreds of different nationalities from all over the world.Mandela said that London would offer “something very special to the Olympic Movement, including great new sporting facilities and a legacy for generations to come.“I can’t think of a better place than London to hold an event that unites the world. The Games in London will inspire athletes as well as young people around the world and ensure that the Olympic Games remain the dream for future generations.”last_img read more

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World honour for SA botanist

first_imgA Cape sugarbird on a pincushion protea,one of the many beautiful flower speciesfound in the Cape floral kingdom.(Image: South African Tourism) Professor Richard Cowling of the NelsonMandela Metropolitan University.(Image: NMMU)Janine ErasmusSouth African botanist Richard Cowling, research professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of Botany, has been admitted to the renowned US National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Cowling is one of 350 non-Americans ever to be granted this honour, only three of which – including himself – are South African.The US National Academy of Sciences was established in 1863 by then president Abraham Lincoln. The academy’s function is to investigate and advise the government on topics involving science or art, and is one of four such national bodies. The other three focus on medicine, research and engineering and were all established much later, in the 20th century.Cowling joins South African botanist and medical researcher Walter Marasas, who was admitted to the NAS in 2007, and celebrated anthropologist Philip Tobias who was admitted in 1987. Admission to the NAS takes place through a nomination and election process, during which the nominee’s notable achievements are scrutinised, and is considered one of the highest honours that can be granted to a scientist or engineer.Cowling is one of 18 foreign associates from nine countries who were recognised in 2008 for ongoing achievement in original research. The other associates are from Ethiopia, France, Israel, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, Austria and Canada. Paleoanthropologist Dr Bertane Asfaw of the privately run Rift Valley Research Service is the only other new member from Africa.SA home to cutting-edge scienceWith more than 170 Nobel laureates among the 2 100 American and 350 non-American members, Cowling is in distinguished company. The botanist was nominated by leading US environmentalist Prof Peter Raven, who described him as “the foremost researcher in the world’s most species-rich and threatened ecosystems”. South Africa is well known for its biological diversity, which offers a wealth of scientific opportunities.The appointment has delighted the local scientific fraternity, and Cowling himself said, “It’s fantastic for my own sense of achievement but more so because it indicates that despite all the doom and gloom around we have the infrastructure and the opportunity here in South Africa to do cutting-edge science. Like the arts, science is a good barometer of the health of a country, I think.”One of only a handful of South African botanists given an A-rating in terms of work quality by the National Research Foundation, Cowling praised the foundation and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for their support, saying that it played an important role in his achievements. A-rated scientists are “unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs”, according to the National Research Foundation.A multi-award-winning scientist with over 400 published papers and several botanical books to his name, Cowling has been honoured at home and internationally by bodies as diverse as the US-based Society for Conservation Biology, the UK-based World Innovation Foundation, the South African Association of Botanists and the National Research Foundation. He has worked on a number of advisory committees, belongs to many professional, academic and civic societies, and has presented botanical papers at local and international conferences.His main research interest is conservation assessment, planning and implementation in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.Useful linksNelson Mandela Metropolitan UniversityNational Research FoundationBotanical Society of South AfricaSouth African Association of BotanistsSouth African National Biodiversity InstituteLiving Fynboslast_img read more

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Gauging Mass Opinion: Don’t Label it Social Media

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now In the first generation of the social Web, the marketing groups and public relations teams would develop reports to provide metrics for a particular campaign. They were pretty much the sole users of “social media,” technologies.That’s a problem as far as WiseWindow is concerned. Social media is a poor label for describing how comments, blog posts, updates and other opinions can be leveraged to gauge views across social networks and thousands of Web sites. “Labeling of it as social media has limited its potential up to now,” said Marshall Toplansky, president of WiseWindow. “That is why we are calling it mass opinion business intelligence and not social media analytics.”Now, the social Web is a real-time engine. Cloud computing is a reality and a new era is upon us that allows the enterprise to mine the vast sea of comments, reviews, updates and blog posts from millions of people. We’re entering an era where the social Web will serve as the main territory for performing predictive analytics.WiseWindow is using artificial intelligence technology, web crawlers and the processing power of the cloud to get real-time results for enterprise customers. For example, this means that companies may leverage the social Web to make sales forecasts and gauge the opinions of mass society to immediately understand the current opinions about its brand or those of competitors.WiseWindow calls the product Mass Opinion Business Intelligence, describing it as a service that goes beyond keyword search and click-throughs to predict market movement. According to WiseWindow, sentiment analysis has failed as a strategic research tool. When matching words, the context is lost. People use words differently to describe their sentiments. The mass amount of data available makes the process overwhelming.Instead, the WiseWindow web crawler will search for comments and other opinions across thousands of sites that are not blocked by privacy restrictions. The artificial intelligence trains itself to look for a particular topic. It brings back all related opinions. The information is then distilled for the client or made available through a web portal where the data can be analyzed.Recently, WiseWindow worked with a client from the film industry. WiseWindow used its technology to research 400 films, generating 4.5 million comments from 70,000 sites. They distilled the data to lean what is hot and what is not. As another example, , WiseWindow did research for the film, Marley and Me, starring Jennifer Anniston and Owen Wilson. The pre-release promotions featured Luke Wilson. But the comments from the Web demonstrated that Anniston had greater appeal than Wilson. As a result, the trailers were changed to feature Anniston more than Wilson.WiseWindow was founded in 2007 by Rajiv Dulepet. He has an impressive background. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford’s School of Management and Engineering, spearheading the development of presidential prediction projects for both the 2004 and 2008 elections.WiseWindow started developing its technology in 2007 and began working with clients last year. The company has four patents for its web crawling, auto-classifications of opinions, relevance recognition and in statistical language applications. Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Products center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

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ONGC fined Rs 205 crore for green norm violation

first_imgGuwahati: The Pollution Control Board, Assam has slapped a fine of Rs 2.05 crore on PSU firm Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for allegedly violating an order by the Supreme Court and causing pollution to the environment. The board’s order was issued considering violation of environmental laws in six wells of the state-owned energy behemoth in Assam. “Pollution Control Board, Assam, is constrained to inform you that you have nonchalantly violated the provisions of law in force causing pollution to the environment “Environmental compensation fine amounting to Rs 2,04,90,000 only has been assessed as per formula provided by the NGT, Principal Bench,” said the order dated September 5, 2019.last_img

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