first_imgPupils from Niall Mor walking back to happiness!Killybegs children have proved they just LOVE to walk in all weathers!Pupils and teachers from Niall Mor National School in Killybegs celebrated St Valentine’s by holding a ‘Love to Walk to School Week’ from 10th to 14th February.Under the guidance of Green-Schools co-ordinator Geraldine McGuire the whole school community are working hard to travel to school in a sustainable way as part of their Green-Schools Travel programme. The aim of the walking week was to encourage more active travel to school instead of travelling in the car every day. This benefits the environment, the community’s health and makes the road outside the school much safer.Daily monitoring by the Green-Schools Committee has recorded a significant increase in walking, cycling and Park and Stride where families are parking the car further away from the school and walking part of the way.“We were delighted to see so many parents and children walking and cycling to school this week even in the snow and hail. A big thank you to all those that made such a fantastic effort” acknowledged Lisa McDaniel, Green-Schools Education Officer with An Taisce Green-Schools.  KILLYBEGS KIDS PROVE THEY LOVE TO WALK IN ALL WEATHERS! 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:KillybegsNiall MOr National Schoolwalkinglast_img read more

Creeslough National School receive Ulster-Scots Flagship Award

first_imgCreeslough National School received their Ulster-Scots Flagship Award on Thursday 2 May 2019.The school has been engaged with the Ulster-Scots Agency for a number of years and now they have successfully completed their Flagship Award following a comprehensive 30-week course that included Snare Drum, Drama and Living History.Gary Blair Education Officer at the Ulster-Scots Agency was on hand to present the award and expressed his thanks by commenting: “I would like to thank Ms Starritt and the team at Cresslough National School for all their hard work as well as take the opportunity to congratulate the pupils who were involved in the Flagship programme.” Creeslough National School receive Ulster-Scots Flagship Award was last modified: May 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Ten Ways to Celebrate Sysadmin Day

first_imgTags:#enterprise#Trends 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair steven wallingcenter_img Related Posts Every year since the turn of the century, the last Friday in July has been Sysadmin Appreciation Day. If you’re an IT worker, we already know how you’ll be celebrating today – it is Friday after all. For everyone who doesn’t do the thankless work of systems administration or IT, here’s your directive: do something, at least one thing, nice for a sysadmin today. Sysadmins and all IT people do a lot of difficult work you probably don’t understand. Stepping up to the plate in one of these ten ways will earn you points in the eyes of those who keep your tech running. God knows you need them. Fun & Games1. Send out a half-hearted email with a link to the Wikipedia article. We’re getting this suggestion out of the way now. It’s really lame, but it’s probably what you’ll actually do if you’re a busy manager. 2. Buy your sysadmin an appropriategift. Bribery works, and you know it. 3. Read them a bedtime story. Just kidding. Please be less creepy and send them some good IT-related reading instead. This option is especially good for a Kindle-carrying sysadmin. Also, please note that Creative Commons is your friend, in life and in gift-giving. 4. Sing them a song. Or not. You could just watch the song with them and laugh. For the record, the gentleman who composed the tune seems to think that all sysadmins do is tech support for individuals. That is wrong. 5. Give a donation or a microloan in their name. For most, a raise might be better. But sometimes there’s a charitable, civic-minded sysadmin lurking around your server racks.Serious Business6. Let them keep their jobs. Your business is not the newspaper business. You can’t “buy out” your most valuable employees and then expect everything to run smoothly. I understand that some people are cutting IT budgets out there. Please ignore those dullards and let your sysadmin keep his or her job. 7. Give them the tools they need. This is the conditions part of the “wages, hours and conditions” trifecta of complaints. It’s also the thing we hear the most from sysadmins. Don’t ask your people to do a job and then give them inadequate equipment to do it with. 8. Listen to their advice. In order to accomplish point seven, you need to actually listen to your sysadmin instead of just whining/begging for help. Like the Internet, a sysadmin is not a big truck to just dump your problems on. Remember, tubes go in both directions. 9. Design and/or buy software like you give a damn. See points seven and eight. If you’re a vendor or lone developer creating software, please think of the sysadmin down the road who will have to clean up your awful mess. (Microsoft, I’m looking at you.) If you’re the one doing the purchasing instead of the coding, then you need to think seriously about how your choice impacts your IT staff. 10. Don’t piss them off. If you remember nothing else today, remember this. It’s the most important thing in dealing with sysadmins, which is why we put it at the bottom where no one will read it. Pissing off your sysadmin will result in bad things. Whether you’re just left staring at a blue screen of death or he holds your city hostage, it won’t be pretty. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

“The Magazine” For iPad: An Island Of Calm Amid A Roiling Sea Of Journalism

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow Tags:#New Media#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Another tech publication? And you have to pay for it? What is Marco Arment thinking? Today the Tumblr cofounder and Instapaper creator pushed out the inaugural issue of The Magazine, an iPad mag focusing loosely on technology. Launching a paid tablet magazine is gamble, but Arment has a fresh approach.The Magazine is, above all, simple. It borrows the stripped-down simplicity of Instapaper to present articles in a no-frills, text-heavy layout rather than packing in the kind of slick, animated UI elements favored by Flipboard. This emphasis extends to the editorial approach. Each bi-weekly issue will have only four articles. That’s something of a relief: I’m already flooded with articles via Twitter, Flipboard and Instapaper. For some readers, though, four articles might not justify a $4 monthly subscription fee. Speaking of the content, it’s very good. This is billed as a tech publication, but it’s not an avalanche of regurgitated news stories and longwinded gadget reviews. Instead, The Magazine focuses on thoughtful, well written essays about technology and topics that “appeal to people who love technology.”  In the first issue, there’s an excellent story by Alex Payne that examines the revolutionary yet imperfect role technology plays in our lives framed by a series of personal traumas. Another essay deals with “weird schism between geeks who love sports and those who don’t.” It’s thoughtful, interesting stuff that would feel more at home in The Atlantic than on Techcrunch. Introducing a paid iPad magazine is an especially bold move at this moment. Several weeks ago, the Huffington Post stopped charging a fee for its tablet magazine after lackluster sales. Part of the reason may have been that readers were already conditioned to expect free content from the HuffPo brand, and the company was accustomed to bringing in revenue from ads rather than subscriptions. Across the board, publishers have seen mixed results from tablet-based magazines.  Will people pay $2 per issue for four really good articles? That seems like a gamble to me, but perhaps readers will perceive The Magazine’s simplicity (amid a roiling sea of digital content) as a value worth paying for. If the project doesn’t turn a profit after two months, Arment says, he’ll kill it. The app isn’t without its drawbacks. The fact that the content isn’t free creates a necessary walled garden around it. That bugs proponents of the open, linked Web, but Arment does as good as job as he possibly can of making the content shareable across the usual social networks. Naturally, Instapaper is on the list of default sharing options. I wish I could save an entire article to Instapaper (rather than a snippet), but of course this would blow a hole in the paywall. The experience is pretty awesome overall. My biggest gripe is probably the name. The Magazine? Try running a search for that one in the App Store, even after the post-Chomp improvements in iOS 6. Good luck!Personally, I’m willing to stick around for a few weeks to see where this goes. So far, I like what I see. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got an out-of-control Instapaper queue to catch up on.  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Hands-On Review: SmallHD FOCUS Monitor

first_imgSmallHD’s 5″ FOCUS monitor will give your camera a big upgrade without breaking the bank.All images via PremiumBeat.SmallHD’s FOCUS monitor is a 5-inch, 800nit display with rotating capabilities that might be one of the biggest selling points for anybody shooting tutorials, vlogging, or working without a cameraperson. The FOCUS offers a bright display that eases shooting in the middle of the day or in intensely lit circumstances. Let’s dive in for a closer look.The SmallHD FOCUSSmallHD calls this monitor, “the monitor you can see outside.” So, I took the monitor outside in the middle of a 100-degree summer day in Texas and can report the screen works wonderfully in that regard. I’m shooting on a Sony a7S II, and its display isn’t really the clearest in daylight, so the FOCUS is an absolute must for visibility.Clearly seeing what’s in or out of focus is a huge benefit. The Focus Assist and Peaking assists help a lot with color customization options — and they’re easy to access. In general, the monitor is fairly touch sensitive with a quick reaction time. The swiping-touch feature isn’t perfect, but it’s still a step up from past SmallHD monitors that lacked touch screen capability altogether.SmallHD FOCUS Monitor SettingsAside from controlling the live image, the FOCUS allows you to toggle your image display. The monitor is very helpful for ensuring you get the exact image you want, and it offers many levels of customization, including brightness, aspect ratio, image rotation, pixel zoom, and even volume control for your headphones.There is a cold shoe mount on the side so you can mount a small LED light or mic, which can help balance the rig and keep it from becoming too top heavy. There are also three 1/4″ 20 mounts on the top, bottom, and the side of the monitor for any other pieces of equipment you’d like to add.If you’re shooting with Canon, sometimes the camera doesn’t output the entire image, so the FOCUS lets you scale up with these cameras (such as the 7D and 5D).One of the most enticing features of the FOCUS is the swipe feature for different setups. If you’re going to be shooting different locations and lighting setups, you can have all your custom pre-made settings ready to go.Using the SmallHD FOCUS ToolsThe touch screen allows you to touch-zoom in to check your focus and control the display by adding crosshairs to help center and stage your shot.Each tool offers a simple tap and swipe motion to toggle the tool on or off. Once you’ve set proper exposure, focus, and aspect ratio, you can swipe left or right to the next page to further correct and play with your image. By tapping the name of the tool in the top left of the monitor, you can customize the tool by changing the color of exposure and focus points. As far as touch screen sensitivity goes, it did feel awkward at times to use two hands to zoom in or out to bring up the monitor settings. That being said, it’s still an easy-to-use, small, touch screen monitor.As you can see above, the different pages allow you to simultaneously check the Waveform or False Colors, play with the histogram, and ensure your subjects are in focus with the Focus Assist.The monitor also comes with a headphone jack, so if you’re using the Sony a6300 or a6500, you can listen to the audio you’re recording from an attached microphone instead of using an external audio recorder. The monitor also has an SD card slot for uploading your custom LUTs to the monitor — you can save these looks under Profiles.There are also preset LUTs on the monitor you can work with. The SD card slot will accommodate future firmware upgrades, and you can save certain profiles to the SD card, saving time on your next shoot — especially if you need to run and gun.The FOCUS also allows you to power your camera through an auxiliary out cable — which you must purchase separately. This is obviously a major advantage. If you’re working with Sony cameras (which are notorious for sub-par battery life), this capability will come in handy. In the same vein, if your camera is prone to overheating, using a dummy battery while the monitor powers the camera can help keep your camera relatively cool.SmallHD FOCUS Price and BundlesSmallHD sells the monitor by itself (including the micro HDMI and USB cables, cable clips, and tilt arm), for $499 USD. You need to purchase an L series battery separately, so expect to spend a little more on this monitor.You’ll also need to purchase an additional $60 power adapter if you want to power your camera with the monitor. SmallHD currently sells five different power adapters for Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, and Canon cameras.The best deal SmallHD offers are the camera specific bundles, which are about $600 USD, an average savings of $180 USD. With the bundle, you’ll receive an ANTON BAUER L series battery (47Wh), a dummy battery with charger, the tilt arm, HDMI, cable clips, and USB cable. There are camera-specific bundles for whichever brand you shoot with. I personally recommend spending the extra money so you receive all the necessary products with the monitor at the same time.Side note: the cable clips that come with the base monitor option are an excellent way to manage the inevitable three cables you’ll need to attach to the ridged back of the monitor.General ThoughtsAt first, I wasn’t completely sold on the apparent gimmick of the bright display and charging capabilities, but while writing this review, I went out on the town with my a7S II and quickly discovered why the FOCUS would be a valuable asset. Given the short battery life of my camera, giving the battery a longer lifespan is a major bonus.Aside from the obvious features that make this product stand out, the most notable is the size. For somebody like me on the go, traveling and avoiding weight and bulk, you can keep your rig can minimal and fun to shoot with. So, what you’re getting for the price is well worth it.Here are the official specs for the 5″ SmallHD FOCUS Monitor:IPS Touchscreen5 inch display1280×720 resolution800 nitsAdjustable BacklightStereo Out (headphones)Micro USB6.0v-8.4v powerSony L-series Battery7.09g heavyCustom LUTsThe FOCUS is now available for order. You can purchase one here.Does this monitor sound like something you’d add to your camera bag? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

SEA Games: Cray settles for silver in 100m dash

first_imgView comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Khairul Jantan of Malaysia wins 100m dash. Eric Cray of the Philippines (right) comes in second. Photo from @KL2017 Twitter/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — Nineeteen-year-old Khairul Jantan of Malaysia stunned Filipino defending champion Eric Cray to capture the men’s 100-meter dash Tuesday night in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Cray, who ran in the 400m hurdles just one hour before the century dash final, stumbled across the finish line in an attempt to catch up with hometown bet who clearly got there first.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdlesJantan clocked 10.38 seconds, while Cray wound up with a time of 10.43 to settle for silver in the event that he won two years ago in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJantan and Cray figured in a head-to-head battle but the Malaysian soon established a half-stride lead going into the last 10 meters.READ: Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash MOST READ Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Obviously, Cray was too tired to put in his 100 percent as he was still recovering the 400m hurdles that he won.Zion Corrales Nelson didn’t place in the women’s century, an event the Philippines won in 2015 through Kayla Richardson who opted to concentrate on 200m and relays.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Virender Sehwag out for 2 weeks with ankle injury, may miss CLT20

first_imgVirender Sehwag is in doubt for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 after he has been advised two weeks of rest because of ligament injury he sustained during India’s last Super Eights game in the ICC World Twenty20 against South Africa here.Sehwag strained a ligament in his left ankle during South Africa’s innings on Tuesday night and according to the Indian team’s media manager Dr R N Baba, the right-hander has been advised rest for 14 days.Sehwag, who had a poor World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, scoring only 54 runs in three innings at a strike rate of 112, suffered the injury while celebrating Jacques Kallis’ dismissal off Irfan Pathan in the fourth over.He limped off the field to be replaced by Manoj Tiwary, and did not return to the field again.The injury comes as a big blow for Delhi Daredevils of whom Sehwag remains a key player despite relinquishing captaincy duties for CLT20 to be held in South Africa from October 9.The Daredevils are scheduled to open their campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders on October 13 in Centurion.last_img read more

The USs Odds of Beating Belgium And Every Other World Cup Opponent

I passed a fellow Disney cast member in the hallway just after Thursday afternoon’s first set of World Cup matches concluded. He’d missed the U.S.-Germany game.“Did we win?” he asked.“Yes,” I said. “I mean, no, we lost. But we advanced.” He seemed to understand.After its loss to Germany, the U.S. finished tied for second in Group G, with one win, one loss and one draw. Portugal had the same record. But the U.S. had the better goal differential and will go on, reaching the knockout stage in consecutive World Cups for the first time in its history.Some further good news for the U.S. is that it has a palatable draw in its Round of 16 game. If the U.S. gets very lucky and Algeria and South Korea win their games Thursday, its opponent would be Algeria. However, there is only a 3.5 percent chance of both of those outcomes. In any other case, the U.S. will face Belgium.The U.S. will be an underdog against Belgium, but not as badly as it would be against some other opponents. If we put the remaining World Cup teams into several tiers based on their Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings, it would look something like this:Tier 1A: Brazil (partly because of home-country advantage)Tier 1B: Germany, ArgentinaTier 2A: Colombia, Netherlands, France, ChileTier 2B: Belgium, UruguayTier 3A: Switzerland, U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Nigeria, RussiaTier 3B: Algeria, GreeceTier 4: South Korea (very unlikely to advance)Belgium is dangerous, but not as dangerous as tournament favorites Brazil, Germany and Argentina. Meanwhile, the Netherlands, France, Chile and Colombia also look more threatening than Belgium based on the things SPI looks at: pre-tournament resumes, form so far in the World Cup and, in the case of Chile and Colombia, games closer to home.Our match-prediction algorithm gives the U.S. about a 42 percent chance of winning a knockout-stage game against Belgium based on each team’s SPI rating as of Thursday morning. (The U.S. would be 59 percent favorites against Algeria.) Here’s how those probabilities look for a knockout match between the U.S. and all remaining teams in the World Cup:A note for soccer newbies: There are no draws in the knockout stage. If the score is tied at the end of regulation, the teams play 30 minutes of extra time. (The 30 minutes are guaranteed; there is no longer any “sudden death” or Golden Goal rule.) If the score is still tied, the game goes to a penalty shootout. (Some soccer statisticians consider games that go to penalties to be draws for record-keeping purposes — but the winner of the shootout advances all the same.)These probabilities reflect an improvement, which we’ll be unveiling Friday morning, to the SPI match-prediction program. Previously, it had been resolving all matches that would have been draws in regulation 50-50. In other words, it was assuming that the outcome of a game that went to extra time was purely random.We’ve done some further research, however, and this assumption turns out be somewhat too conservative. Based on the results from major tournaments since 2005, the better team does have a slight edge in extra time. It isn’t much of an advantage if the teams are at all competitive with one another: For example, if a U.S.-Belgium game went to extra time, Belgium would have a 54 percent chance of advancing either after extra time or on penalties, and the U.S. would have a 46 percent chance. But it’s worth worrying about when one team is clearly better. For instance, we estimate that Argentina would have a 65 percent chance of winning an extra-time game against the U.S.Speaking of Argentina, it represents the biggest barrier to the U.S. making a deep run in the World Cup. The Argentines are the Americans’ most likely opponent in the quarterfinals and the U.S. has only a 20 percent chance of beating them. The U.S. will want to root for Switzerland to upset Argentina in the Round of 16 — against the Swiss, the Americans would be almost even money.Overall, the U.S. has a 13 percent chance of winning two knockout-stage matches and advancing to the semifinals for the first time since the 1930 World Cup. Its probability of winning the World Cup is only 1.2 percent — although those odds are up from just 0.4 percent before the tournament began. read more