€7.42 TO ‘SPEND A PENNY’ IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgLord Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Gerry McMonagle is kicking up a stink after the disclosure that it costs €7.42 each time someone uses the town’s public toilets.It follows the release of information which shows it costs €26,000 to service both the public toilets in the town centre close to the courthouse and at the town park.There is now charge for the town park toilets and last year the revenue raised by the town centre toilet was just €350. Cllr McMonagle said the council should now try and get out of the maintenance contract. €7.42 TO ‘SPEND A PENNY’ IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: January 27th, 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:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLETOILETSlast_img read more

KILLYBEGS CREDIT UNION POST HEALTHY RECEIPTS OF €8.5MILLION

first_imgKillybegs Credit Union, which serves all of South West Donegal, is in a very healthy condition with receipts for the past year in excess of €8.5m.KillybegsThe body’s income is running more than half a million euro ahead of expenditure for the 12 months, and reserves comfortably in excess of Central Bank requirements.This was stated at the 45th annual general meeting of the organisation in the Bay View Hotel which was attended by more than 80 members. Killybegs Credit Union serves the area south the Gweebarra and west of Inver bridge, including the communities of Glenties, Ardara, Glencolmcille, Carrick, Kilcar, Bruckless, Dunkineely and, of course, Killybegs.Outgoing chairman, Mr Colm Cunningham, emphasised to the AGM the importance of new legislation and the changed relationship with the Central Bank of Ireland.But he stressed that Killybegs Credit Union had no reason to be anxious about the changes as it more than met all requirements. He thanked the members, his fellow directors and the staff and volunteers for their help and support during his time as chairman.The following were elected to serve for the coming year: Anne Marie Burke, Alan Darnell, Colm Cunningham, John Mc Swiggan, Conor Conaghan, Marian Mc Guinness, and Colin Mabon. KILLYBEGS CREDIT UNION POST HEALTHY RECEIPTS OF €8.5MILLION was last modified: February 12th, 2014 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:Killybegs Credit Unionlast_img read more

Groves and DeGale in new war of words

first_imgRivals George Groves and James DeGale have renewed their war of words ahead of Groves’ clash with former world champion Glen Johnson this weekend.The unbeaten Groves defends his Commonwealth super-middleweight title at the ExCel London – seven days after European champion DeGale had to grind out a points win against Fulgencio Zuniga in Hull.Courtesy of iFilm LondonBoth fighters are on course for world title shots next year and DeGale has made it clear he is keen to take on the likes of IBF champion Carl Froch.But Groves insists he is making better progress than his fellow West Londoner.“He’s putting in poor performances so he’s going to have to try to chase names, whereas I plan to put in a good performance on Saturday and then people will really know what I’m all about,” said Groves.Francis Warren, part of Groves’ promotional team – which previously promoted DeGale – added: “Look at the difference between George’s fight on Saturday – where he’s fighting and the crowd that’s going to be there – and [DeGale] on Saturday. There’s no comparison.”Since losing a close points decision against Groves when they met in May last year, DeGale has fought in Denmark and twice in the north of England.Groves, on the other hand, is preparing for another appearance at a major venue in the capital, having beaten Paul Smith at Wembley Arena 13 months ago.But DeGale told West London Sport: “Sure I’d like to fight in London and I will do in the future, but I also want to fight all over England and let people see me in action.“At the end of the day I’m fighting in front of millions of people on terrestrial television. Groves isn’t. Simple as that.”West London Sport will have live updates from Groves v Johnson on Saturday, as well as Steve O’Meara’s Commonwealth light-middleweight title fight against Liam Smith.See also:Let history decideDeGale tipped to silence ‘mental’ criticsWarren vows to get Groves a world title fightConfident Johnson fires warning to GrovesDeGale boxes his way to points victoryGroves believes he can stop JohnsonJames DeGale talks about his recent win and future plansWatch the Groves v Johnson pre-fight press conferenceGroves discusses Johnson and a potential clash with FrochWatch Groves and Johnson square-up at their weigh-inGroves warned ahead of title showdownDeGale opts to give up European titleJohnson speaks ahead of his fight with George GrovesO’Meara ready to seize title chanceDeGale backs O’Meara to win 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A’s add Parker Bridwell to starting rotation mix

first_imgThe A’s list of candidates for their 2019 starting rotation just added a new member.In need of arms with just a few weeks before spring training, the A’s claimed right-hander Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday. Much like they did with Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson last year, the A’s are taking a flyer on a pitcher coming off a poor season with hopes of capturing some value with a bounce-back year. In Bridwell’s case, his 2018 was one to forget as he posted a …last_img read more

South African Airways: best in Africa

first_imgThe awards were presented at the 11th Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany on 20 May, with some 40 different airlines from around the world gathering to receive their accolades. Award winners are selected by the airline industry’s most important audience – its customers. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material SAA corporate affairs head Fani Zulu said the awards came shortly before the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, “at a time when SAA has confirmed its readiness for the greatest sporting event on the planet and the largest ever to be held on the African continent. SAA also announced that its cargo division, SAA Cargo, has for the third consecutive year been named the Best African Cargo Airline at the Air Cargo News Awards ceremony held in London on 8 May. Award for cargo division The survey measures over 35 different aspects of passenger satisfaction for each airline’s product and service standards – evaluating the typical travel experience across both airport and onboard environments. Operating since 1999, the survey is held in highest esteem for its clarity of process and rigorously applied rules of complete independence. “We are elated and indeed feel very proud that our customers have, for three consecutive years, voted us the best in Africa,” said SAA Cargo’s Justice Luthuli in a statement earlier this month. “The measures we have put in place to ensure rapid and reliable airfreight movement continue to yield dividends in the form of increased customer satisfaction.” Over the years SAA has received several awards, making the South African national carrier the most awarded airline in Africa. Last year, SAA was ranked as being amongst the world’s top 15 international airlines for both its Business and Economy Class products and service. “Thousands of SAA customers can look forward to travelling onboard Africa’s most awarded airline,” Zulu said in a statement this week. South African Airways has been voted Africa’s best airline for the eighth year running, as well as the best cargo airline and first for staff service excellence in Africa, in the Skytrax World Airline Awards. This is the second award received by SAA Cargo this year in recognition of service excellence. In March, SAA Cargo received a Certificate of Air Cargo Excellence from Air Cargo World in Canada. 28 May 2010 The World Airline Awards are based on results from 17.9-million questionnaires completed by 100 different nationalities of airline passengers between July 2009 and April 2010, involving more than 200 airlines worldwide.last_img read more

Follow the Hippie: Leadership Lessons Through Dance

first_imgHaving first presented the video at this year’s TED Conference, Sivers make the case that instead of the first mover / leader being the catalyst of a movement, it is in fact the first follower that rallies others. Says Sivers, “Being a first follower is an under-appreciated form of leadership. The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader. If the leader is the flint, the first follower is the spark that makes the fire. “For entrepreneurs, it means that the key to virality isn’t just building a great product. It’s about having the right early adopters to teach others how to use the product and become comfortable with the novelty of something new. Sivers explains that it’s the early adopters that others follow and not the trailblazing / seemingly crazy leader. In other words, it’s important to respect your earliest users and give them the mechanisms to make their support public. Says Sivers, “We’re told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective. The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow. When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.”We’ve seen our fair share of angel investors, early executives and engineers follow a lone nut and build successful businesses. As an entrepreneur, who do you credit as your first follower and what efforts have you made to ensure that the act of following is made public? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups Related Posts dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting When Sigma Partners’ Richard Dale posted a video of a random dancing guy to his Venture Cyclist blog I was skeptical. I’d seen the original video sans narration and dismissed it as a strange sociological phenomenon condensed into a quick three minute clip. Nevertheless, when the same video is narrated by MuckWork and CDBaby founder Derek Sivers, it provides some valuable leadership lessons for entrepreneurs. last_img read more

Google Glass: Our Lives Are Not Reality TV

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Even as many in the geek-o-sphere drool in anticipation for the onset of Google Glass, some technologists are starting to question the very real privacy issues entangled with the use of these wearable computers and cameras.Predictably, the first concerns raised about Google Glass were about the user’s privacy: If I am transmitting all of this data to Google, it is going to know even more about me than ever! Or so the reasoning goes. I have to admit that this has been bugging me, but since I carry around an Android phone already, I’m pretty sure Google pretty much knows whatever it wants to know about me.But then there’s the other half of the privacy problem, which not many in the community have yet voiced: What about the privacy of the people these devices are looking at? Anyone Can Be a TargetBeyond the voyeur problem, I keep coming back to how this technology can be abused – particularly this very scary scenario:Imagine someone builds an app that lets you upload a photo of someone to your Google account and then uses facial-recognition software to process the face of every person you see. Sure, there are benign uses for such a tool, such as helping people remember the names of the people they meet.But what if I was a member of an (alleged!) criminal organization who would love nothing better than to… talk… to the witness that’s going to testify in the trial that might prove my organization has done some pretty bad things. We’re innocent, of course, but it would be nice to… explain things… to this witness, who is currently ensconced in the U.S. Marshall’s Witness Protection program.To find that witness today, I’d have to be incredibly lucky, hack the Marshall’s computer system or bribe (or threaten?) a corrupt law enforcement official. But in a Google Glass world, I could hire private detectives to be on the lookout for my target. Better yet, I could post an ad on Craigslist offering a reward to find “my long-lost cousin/uncle/aunt.” Now I have an entire community of people using facial-recognition software helping me find this person. Heck, you might not have to actively employ Google Glass users. Just periodically run a Google Image search of your target’s photo for “Images Like This.”Now imagine you’re the witness in this scenario.There are lots of times people don’t want to be found – spouses seeking to escape an abusive partner, victims trying to elude stalkers – any one of these types of people could run afoul of these cameras. The technology to do this kind of illicit activity is not quite ready for commercial shelves yet, but the day is soon coming.But the implications are already disturbing: besides embarrassing videos taken in public, you can add tracking by jealous spouses, overprotective parents or insurance companies to the list. If you’re really paranoid, think about government surveillance of legitimate but unpopular activities.Is this all too much? Maybe. But think about this, because as a father, I sure do: With Google Glass, what’s to stop anyone from recording images and audio of children? As a parent, the thought of anyone tracking minors for any reason without parents’ permission (unlike the kids in the image from the official Google video above) is abhorrent and potentially dangerous.The technology itself makes this kind of subtle, continuous recording more likely. Unlike cellphone cameras, Google Glass is always on, always recording, capturing even the quick stuff you can’t anticipate. The upshot? Far fewer safe refuges where you’re not going to be recorded.  Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Anonymous Cameras EverywhereBeing monitored by video cameras is nothing new, of course; it’s a risk we run every day. If I happen to absent-mindedly pick my nose in the seemingly empty frozen food aisle at Mega-Mart, it’s a pretty sure bet that my gross-out was captured on a video somewhere.The advent of Google Glass supercharges the equation, because now the number of cameras increases – perhaps exponentially – and they’ll show up in ever more unexpected places owned by a much wider variety of people and organizations.For now, there’s an implied trust that someone from the store won’t take that nose-picking video and put it on YouTube as part of a “Disgusting Things Journalists Do” montage. Sure, there’s nothing really stopping some bored Mega-Mart employee from scraping that video for whatever purpose. But, should they happen to post said video and I happen to see it, I will likely recognize my surroundings in the video and find someone to sue.Now imagine the same situation, recorded not by the store’s cameras, but by someone wearing a Google Glass or similar device who happened to be standing unnoticed at the end of the aisle. Our voyeur records the incident, posts it on the Web anonymously, and –boom! – my reasonable expectation of privacy is violated. And I will likely never be able to find the culprit to take the video down.The lesson here – beyond “don’t pick your nose” – is that if these devices do indeed take off, there is nothing to stop someone from monitoring and tagging me in photos, microblogs or videos – whether or not I know what’s going on.There can be some positives out of this kind of citizen “Eye in the Sky.” If someone commits a crime, for instance, they might have been surreptitiously recorded in the act, with less obvious danger to the recorder than holding up a smartphone. Indeed, in his novel Earth, futurist David Brin outlines a near-future where citizens keep down random street-crime just by the existence of video recording equipment they wear.But there’s a flip side to this, when a collection of Brin’s characters, a group of street punks, is befriended by an elderly man who seems to want to teach them about the Way Things Were. It all goes well, until after the senior man’s death, the gang discovers to their mortification that the man has been logging every conversation for use in a social-observation article about the state of youth in that society.A little out there? Maybe so, but how long before Tumblr, Flickr and YouTube are filled with text and video content of embarrassing moments captured by Google Glass? Tags:#Google Glass#privacy Related Posts Ready For Your Close Up?Plenty of others are worried about how Google Glass will destroy the expectation of privacy in our normal, not-made-for-TV daily lives. Mark Hurst at Creative Good writes (emphasis his):“Google Glass is like one [Street View] camera car for each of the thousands, possibly millions, of people who will wear the device – every single day, everywhere they go – on sidewalks, into restaurants, up elevators, around your office, into your home. From now on, starting today, anywhere you go within range of a Google Glass device, everything you do could be recorded and uploaded to Google’s cloud, and stored there for the rest of your life. You won’t know if you’re being recorded or not; and even if you do, you’ll have no way to stop it. “And that, my friends, is the experience that Google Glass creates. That is the experience we should be thinking about. The most important Google Glass experience is not the user experience – it’s the experience of everyone else. The experience of being a citizen, in public, is about to change.”Whether we are just running errands, hanging out with friends or are on the lam from some really bad people, Google Glass has the capability to push our lives into reality of the television kind. But many of us aren’t ready for our close up, and never will be.Images courtesy of Google. Author’s Note: An earlier version of this story mis-identified the author of the Creative Good article as David Hurst, when it is actually Mark Hurst. The identification has been corrected.last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Gimbal Based Stabilizers Aren’t Always The Best Choice

first_imgWhen Freefly Cinema announced the Movi just a year and a half ago, filmmakers everywhere rejoiced. But now that it’s been out in the field for a while (along with dozens of knock offs), many shooters are finding it to be more of a speciality item.[Above image from Copter99]I have been fortunate to have used the Movi a number of times (as well as several other gimbal based stabilizers), and I’ve been able to achieve fantastic results with it – even with no formal training whatsoever. It’s an incredibly innovative product and one of the most powerful tools that we as filmmakers have access to today, but I am not alone in feeling that Gimbal based stabilizers aren’t always the best stabilization choice.When the first promo videos of the Movi were released last year, it truly seemed that this device could do it all. It could theoretically be used to replace just about any type of stabilization system – from a tripod to a jib and everything in between. In many respects, it can replace a lot of traditional stabilization systems…but that doesn’t mean that it’s always better suited than it’s more traditional counterparts.They Can Only Be Held For So LongBefore I ever actually operated a Movi myself, I had not even considered the fact that since the system isn’t attached to any sort of vest (like a Steadicam) it can become extremely tiresome to hold. This is especially true when you have a heavier camera such as a RED Epic set up on it. For those of you that have never operated a Movi yourself, imagine holding out your arms straight for ten minutes… It would get pretty tiring right? Now imagine adding 10 to 20 lbs of weight to the equation and things get even more difficult.I can tell you from personal experience that on any professional set that I’ve been on (where we’ve had a Movi or Ronin and a substantial camera setup on it), our operator was unable to successfully hold the setup for more than a few minutes at a time. This severely limits the way that the device can be used as it doesn’t allow for long takes and requires more time in between takes for the operator to recover. The solution to this problem is to rig the stabilizer up to an Easy Rig (which takes a lot of the weight off of your arms), but then the movement of the Movi is limited heavily and the purpose of having a gimbal based stabilizer is largely diminished.They Require Multiple OperatorsMany filmmakers were excited that the Movi would free us up creatively. If we wanted to try out a completely new type of shot that was never possible before, now the Movi would allow us to get there. That certainly is still true, and I am by no means opposed to the Movi as there are certain cicrumstances where it works beautifully. However, when considering the notion that it frees you up creatively, you also need to consider that it restricts you in other ways – namely crew requirements.In order to really operate a Movi properly you need at least two specific crew members, and potentially three at times. There is the Movi operator, the focus puller, and potentially a third crew member who is responsible for panning and tilting the device via a remote control (if you don’t choose to use it in single operator mode). This means that even though from a technical level it may be possible to accomplish the shot that you’re after, you may now need to hire a couple more crew members to make that happen. And while the same argument can be made about other stabilization systems that require additional crew members (such as a dolly grip for a traditional dolly), the specific crew members you need for Movi operation is often more specifically skilled.They Can Be Overused EasilyMany productions that make use of a Movi fall into the dangerous trap of overusing it simply because they can. Much like shooting handheld, working with any gimbal based stabilizer doesn’t always challenge you to get the most purposeful shots, as you could theoretically leave the camera on it for your entire shoot and make every last shot a Movi shot – even if that’s not what’s best for the scene or sequence. In some rare cases, shooting an entire project on a Movi actually could be a good thing. For instance, maybe you’re shooting something that calls for a very specific and fluid movement throughout, and the Movi is the best tool for it. I would argue though, that more often than not if it’s used from A to Z on an entire shoot, the unique effect of the camera movement can get lost due to overuse.When you need to spend time setting up a dolly or a steadicam, you have no choice but to be especially careful about the choices that you are making. We all know the effects of camera movement on the viewers interpretation of a film, which is why it is so important for those movements to be purposeful. A great film will often make use of many types of camera movement in order to evoke different emotions, and unfortunately when using the Movi it is fairly common to fall into the trap of shooting everything that way, and losing sight of some of the more traditional methods of making a film. That doesn’t mean it has to happen, but simply that it can.Final ThoughtsAfter reading this article you might think that I’m not a fan of the Movi, but that really couldn’t be farther from the truth. I love what Freefly has done and truly believe that gimbal based stabilizers are the future of stabilization in many respects. With that said, there is still a time and a place for them to be used and they aren’t always the best solution – nor is any stabilization system for that matter. If you are shooting on a larger scale production and can afford a couple of crew members that are dedicated to operating/controlling the Movi, then you are in a good place, especially when you know when and where to use it. Just make sure that whenever you make use of a Movi, it is the right choice for your story.last_img read more

Glenn Spencer, boss

first_imgspencer copyCredit to KT King on the photoSeriously though, here are the last 26 possessions against the Oklahoma State defense (and yes, there’s some Bill Young-ness in there).PuntINTMissed FGFumbleTO on downsPuntHalfFumblePuntPuntTDFumbleINTTDFGINTPuntPuntPuntPuntTO on downsHalfPuntPuntMissed FGINTThat’s going to get it done.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more