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first_imgGaelscoil Adhamhnáin girls made history this year by winning their first ever Division 1 Cumann na mBunscoil title.The Letterkenny team managed by school principal, Colm Breathnach and teacher, Cliona Dunne were impressive winners over Scoil Íosagáin, Buncrana.This is the second title won by Gaelscoil girls this year as they also won the Letterkenny and District League earlier in the year. It was a fine team performance, however, special mention must go to Shannon Cunningham who posted many of the Gaelscoil scores. Shannon was part of the Co Donegal U14 team this year as was team-mate Sinéad Mac Intyre who gave another great performance in defence.Shannon was ably assisted in the scores by Erin Doherty, Ciara Devenney and Annie Mc Clintock who all got on the score sheet.Shauna Higgins worked tirelessly in midfield, whilst the defence was led by Sinéad Mac Intyre and Aoibhe Harrigan especially in the second half when playing against a strong breeze.Shona Higgins and Sinead Mac Intyre after the win Sinéad Mac Intyre and Shannon Cunningham – who both played for the County U14 team this year celebrate their success HISTORY GIRLS AS GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNÁIN WIN COUNTY GAELIC FOOTBALL TITLE was last modified: July 2nd, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalgaelscoil ADHAMNÁINlast_img read more

Serving Up Life on the Rocks with a Twist

first_imgWe’ve heard theories life arose in a primeval soup, around hot deep-sea vents, around volcanoes and other hot spots; why would anyone consider the origin of life in ice?  A scientist in Spain has suggested life may have started in ice.  The title to the Science Daily write-up finds this to be the ultimate divination: “Could Life Have Started In Lump Of Ice?  Very Cold Ice Films In Laboratory Reveal Mysteries Of Universe.”    Julyan Cartwright, a researcher in Spain, has taken beautiful pictures of ice structures.  Colleagues have been impressed.  Beautiful or not, what does ice have to do with life except for sharing two letters of the alphabet?  The article diverged briefly onto a discussion of thin films for industrial applications, then came back to the L-word.  Ice films on dust particles may be abundant in space.  Ice has water, which is necessary for life.  But even more strange, ice can “look” biological.  Shapes that resemble worms and palm leaves can emerge from amorphous ice if it quick-freezes onto rock under certain conditions.    After first cautioning scientists not to conclude from these shapes that they are evidence of life, Cartwright then proposed a connection anyway: On the other hand the existence of lifelike biomimetic structures in ice suggests that nature may well have copied physics.  It is even possible that while ice is too cold to support most life as we know it, it may have provided a suitable internal environment for prebiotic life to have emerged.    “It is clear that biology does use physics,” said Cartwright.  “Indeed, how could it not do?  So we shouldn’t be surprised to see that sometimes biological structures clearly make use of simple physical principles.  Then, going back in time, it seems reasonable to posit that when life first emerged, it would have been using as a container something much simpler than today’s cell membrane, probably some sort of simple vesicle of the sort found in soap bubbles.  This sort of vesicle can be found in abiotic systems today, both in hot conditions, in the chemistry associated with ‘black smokers’ on the sea floor, which is currently favoured as a possible origin of life, but also in the chemistry of sea ice.”The article ended by calling this an “intriguing idea” that the European Science Foundation should explore further.  “This may provide a new twist to the idea that life arrived from space,” it said.  “It may be that the precursors of life came from space, but that the actual carbon based biochemistry of all organisms on Earth evolved on this planet.”We may have to go for “Stupid Evolution Quote of the Day” at this rate.  Look cross-eyed if you have heard anything dumber in the last week from a scientist.  How do we dumb thee?  Let us count the ways.Miracles:  The article uses the emerge-ncy miracle word all over the place.  Give physics “a suitable environment for prebiotic life to have emerged,” and scientists can study “when life first emerged.”Find the ID:  The article said that “nature may well have copied physics.”  And you thought physics was natural.  Apparently not; physics is now the designer, and nature needs to copy it.  In biomimetics, scientists copy life’s designs.  Here, they have turned it inside out: “On the other hand the existence of lifelike biomimetic structures in ice suggests that nature may well have copied physics.”  Check out the self-referential fallacy.Ana-logic:  Shapes in amorphous life looks like worms and palm trees, they tell us.  Well obviously, then, since ice and biology both use physics, the ancestors of palm trees and worms must have emerged from the physical shapes in ice.  This is a non-sequitur wrapped in an analogy.Icy gloss:  To consider vesicles in ice and soap bubbles as containers for prebiotic life is a flamboyant generality that sidesteps the problem of active transport.  Containers, you recall, are death traps to prebiotic molecules unless the happy molecules can be protected and the angry ones kept out (01/17/2002, 04/11/2006). Blind faith:  The article uses could and may seven times.  Is this science?  We have thirty seconds; tell us what you know.Lukewarm ideas:  Vesicles may have formed at hot black smokers, we are told, and they may have formed in ice, too.  Take your pick.  Don’t you remember your physics?  Ice floats.  How is the ice container going to get to the black smoker at the bottom of the sea, or vice versa?  But then, when the ice container touches the hot water, guess what?  Entropy.  If biology uses physics, as you say, this could be a problem.These and other fallacies easily earn this story the SEQOTW prize.  We are told that Cartwright’s fantasies put “a new twist to the idea” that life arrived from space or by some other physical process without design.  It must be a blast being an astrobiologist in Europe.  You get to dance The Twist, play Twister, and sip your Darwine Twister cocktail.  Simultaneously.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Press release: Western Cape learners rallied to read

first_imgOn Saturday, 21 October, Brand South Africa partnered with Bidvest Rally to Read and other sponsors to rally to the Western Cape in efforts to improve literacy and education in the province.The purpose of visiting the schools was to deliver educational materials such as box libraries, school shoes, stationery, soccer balls as well as meet the learners and educators, who will benefit from the training. (Image: Supplied)Cape Town, Friday 27 October 2017 – On Saturday, 21 October, Brand South Africa partnered with Bidvest Rally to Read and other sponsors to rally to the Western Cape in efforts to improve literacy and education in the province.Rally to Read is an initiative that was originally launched by the McCarthy Motor Group and is now led by Bidvest, to help improve education in rural South Africa. Every year, Rally to Read travels across ten school districts, in nine provinces to distribute reading and educational resources to disadvantaged schools.Over the years the Rally to Read has had a positive impact on the lives of many communities and schools:• Over R91-million raised for rural education• 1025 – schools have been on the programme since 1998• 179 – rallies have been executed to date, covering all parts of rural South Africa (1998 – 2016)• 54 – Different areas/school clusters have been supported• 18 – Series of Rallies have been completedMcCarthy Toyota Table View, general manager Gary Scholtz said, “we are very proud to be part of this initiative, we have had an opportunity to travel to schools far and wide in order to positively impact the lives of many children. The rally is always received very well in the Cape. I am always very impressed with the attendance of the parents at the schools we visit”.The purpose of visiting the schools was to deliver educational materials such as box libraries, school shoes, stationery, soccer balls as well as meet the learners and educators, who will benefit from the training.The visits further reaffirm to the schools that they are not alone and to remind the teachers of the importance of their task at hand. Upon arrival, sponsors were welcomed by school’s pupils showing off their reading skills.The visits further reaffirm to the schools that they are not alone and to remind the teachers of the importance of their task at hand. Upon arrival, sponsors were welcomed by school’s pupils showing off their reading skills.“I am very happy that our school is getting all these nice things for us to carry on learning. My favourite story is Oupa se ‘bril and I like it when we act out the stories in class”, said a pupil from Noordhoek Primary.“The Rally to read initiative is very important, I think the fact that we personally deliver to the “end user” is of vital significance to me. It’s easy to just donate money to a cause and ease your conscience, it’s another experience when you come face to face with the individual who will benefit from the sponsorship – things become very personal. Reading is essential to everyone…someone commented on the weekend that if you can’t read you can’t use a computer, public transport and many of the basics we take for granted every day”, concludes Mr ScholtzWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Makin’ WUFI

first_imgIf you are ever suffering from insomnia, call me, and I will tell you all I learned about WUFI-Passive. It is the blessing (or curse?) of geekdom that led me enroll in a three-day-long WUFI-Passive training class (sponsored by PHIUS — the Passive House Institute of the United States) in downtown Chicago in early April.Don’t get me wrong — I love Chicago, and I got there a day early to wander the fabulous architectural canyons, and visit a few old friends at the Art Institute, like El Greco, Rodin, and Picasso. And the class itself was conducted at the nexus of the universe of architecture, in the exquisite High Modern Equitable Building. One can stand in its plaza at Michigan and Wacker Avenues, and from that single vantage point scan the history the skyscraper — from its inception in the days of Burnham, Jenney, and Sullivan, through its exuberant celebrations of the Wrigley and Tribune Buildings, to the megalomaniac culmination of the Trump Tower. Fine art and architecture — and Passive House — the perfect concordance of right brain and left. What is WUFI-Passive?Simply put, WUFI-Passive is the next generation of energy modeling, on track to supersede PHPP (the Passive House Planning Package), which only three years ago I had imagined was its apotheosis.What WUFI-Passive adds to the mix is a comprehensive analysis of the behavior of water vapor as it passes through walls, ceilings, and floors, over a period of years, and modeling of the energy consumed in removing water vapor from a given space. It then combines this information with another interface that includes all the inputs required for PHPP.The result is a real-time, dynamic energy modeling system that factors in the full costs of dealing with cooling loads. This is a marked improvement over PHPP, which could only summarize thermal loads by month or year, and dealt with latent loads in a cursory fashion.The PHI-PHIUS splitThis all goes to the heart of the split between PHIUS and its mother organization, the Passive House Institute. As Passive Houses began to come on line in the United States, it became clear that PHPP — which was developed in the milder climates of Germany — was not ideally suited for the range of extreme climates here at home.In class, it was noted that a recent Passivhaus project in New Orleans disappointed its planners — and occupants — because it failed to provide adequate comfort for its extremely humid climate. It was telling to hear from Katrin Klingenberg, the founder and guiding light of PHIUS, question some of the fundamental propositions of Passivhaus. WUFI-Passive will be the tool that gets us over that considerable hump.The software is expensiveWUFI-Passive — in its present state — is still a bit of a kluge. Our instructor, Prudence Ferreira, who is likely to be the smartest-person-in-the-room wherever she goes, struggled with the idiosyncrasies of the program, and with class input, came up with a significant list of proposed refinements. I stumbled through the fast-paced class, often losing track of the lecture while I tried to correct some entry on our practice exercises. Moreover, WUFI-Passive is an expensive piece of software. (The current cost of WUFI-Passive is $593 per year, or $1,612 for three years.)For the near future, we can still use PHPP to certify our projects — but the future of Passivhaus is headed down WUFI lane.Alan Abrams is a Certified Passive House Consultant, a Certified Passive House Builder, a Certified Green Professional (NAHB), and a Certified Professional Building Designer (American Institute of Building Designers). He is also the owner of Abrams Design Build in Takoma Park, Maryland. RELATED ARTICLESA Brief Introduction to WUFI, in 5 Easy PiecesWUFI Is Driving Me CrazyPassive House Certification: Looking Under the Hood Passivhaus, Part 3: So You Want to Be a Passivhaus Consultant?Passivhaus Buildings Don’t Heat ThemselvesPassivhaus For Beginnerslast_img read more

Participatory Design: What It Is and Why You Should Be Using It

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… User ExperienceUser experience has become an increasingly more important factor in web design. As consumers, we are inundated with information, websites, and options. If a user visits your site and finds it too difficult or tedious to navigate, he or she will likely abandon the site to find more user-friendly results. In every field, a positive user experience is necessary to beat your competition. To determine the effectiveness and usability of your site, create a participatory method for feedback. This can include users, customers, friends, or family. Ask specifically how the site would be more easily navigated for users.Participatory Design for the New AgeAlthough the participatory design has been used for at least a century, the process has not been used frequently in the past for the internet. Recent collaborations by large companies, such as Google’s AMP project, has brought the method into the limelight. The benefits to be acquired from the process are immeasurable. The unique ideas and innovative design concepts from users are endless. As a web designer or manager, perform a quick check of your Google Analytics data. Is there room for improvement? Is traffic lagging or not converting to strong hits? Consider bringing in others to review the site. Although this post focused on end-users and consumers, developers can also benefit from the help of others in the design field. Graphic designers, content marketers, and mobile application developers can all collaborate to help provide you the best website possible. Participatory design is a method to bring customers into the design process through a collaborative approach. In web design, consumers work directly with experts to create user-friendly interfaces and designs to better improve the user experience. The traditional method of the design included only professional developers working to design what he or she believed met the users’ needs. The participatory model receives information on users’ needs directly from the source.The Evolution of Participatory DesignParticipatory design is a method to develop processes involving the community to build better results. Depending on the field, stakeholders creating a process can include researchers, designers, developers, architects, and politicians. The professionals will work in conjunction with community members, consumers, or end-users to make the systems better for everyone involved. The process of participatory design has gained a great deal of enthusiasm from European governments, some of which make plans for urban or political developments with the help of community members. In these cases, all stakeholders will provide input for the development of the project.Participatory design for technology became popular in the mid-2000s, when a software development method called Extreme Programming (XP) entered the picture. The method was designed as a collaborative effort to improve software quality, involving professionals from many fields. The group-design effort caught on with other software developers and has grown to a widespread method of design.Participatory Design for DevelopersFor web developers, understanding user experience and engagement can be difficult. As professionals, they can design programs and perform coding and testing, but cannot take an objective look at user experience. The only way to truly understand how users will interact with a design is to have their participation in the project. Many aspects of the design and interaction are intuitive to designers but may not be to users.Participatory design methods can be managed a few ways. Some companies employ consumers during the proposal, development, and testing phases. Every step is worked through, with the help of all stakeholders. Other times, companies will employ consumers for only a short time. The short-term use of consumer opinion can be utilized at any point during the process. User input during the proposal phase can provide developers with ideas for consumer desires. The development phase can benefit from user participation to create user-friendly designs and interfaces. User review during the testing stage will allow developers to tweak the completed project to users’ needs.Benefits of Participatory Design in Web DevelopmentThe most attractive benefit of the participatory design is bringing a fresh, unique set of eyes into the design process. Developers and engineers work daily to create web designs and interface models, but do not share the same perspectives of end-users. Participants can be utilized in any number of ways to improve a design. Participants often take surveys of design features that he or she may want to see in a system. Many companies develop products, bringing consumers in for collaboration near the end of a project. At this point, consumers can often provide useful feedback to improve a software design before its launch. Companies participating in this model have found that products tested by end-users earn higher approval ratings.During the participatory design process, users can often discover hidden opportunities or missed design values. Developers, like other professionals, can often be stuck in a rut or have trouble “thinking outside the box.” Users participating in the method can take an active role in discovering the best designs for relaying information to consumers. Participants may also have original ideas to engage users, allowing the user experience to be more beneficial. When people believe they are designing a system for themselves, the process will be more innovative than it would be with only developers.When Should I Use Participatory Web Design?Participatory web design can be implemented at any point during the management or development of your website. As a developer, you can decide when and how this process will occur. It can be as simple as gathering a small group of participants to review your design or website. The process can also be more involved and lengthy, including pay or incentives for consumers. Determine the needs and budget of your project, then decide how to proceed.There are a few common circumstances in which website developers and managers access participatory design methods. Again, the process can be applied at any point in time.During DevelopmentMany developers choose to bring end-users into the development phase for original ideas. Large banking and insurance companies have initiated participatory design during development of user-interface projects. Companies were looking to create improved web designs and usability for customers. When Blue Cross Blue Shield employed end-user review, the result was a streamlined process with 23% more successful applications. Users can typically provide simple, more straightforward methods for an improved experience.Mobile AccessGoogle is quickly making the switch to a mobile-first indexing system, changing the traditional algorithm results. To remain relevant, websites must create mobile-friendly sites for users. If you are currently modifying your site for mobile, recruiting a user for review is a great idea. Users can review the mobile site, providing feedback for like and dislikes. He or she can also give recommendations for improvement to make your page stand out from competitors.Satisfaction RatingsLooking for general feedback about your site? It may be a good time to request the feedback services of a user. You may simply be wondering if there are ways to improve user experience on your site or question its relevancy among competitors. Sometimes, this is as simple as requesting friends and family visit the site to provide criticism and praise. Always be on the lookout for methods to improve your site. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Stephen Moyers is an out of the heart writer voicing out his take on various topics of social media, web design, mobile apps, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, startups and much more in the cutting edge digital world. When he is not writing, he can be found traveling outdoors with his camera. You can follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenMoyers. Related Posts center_img Tags:#customer experience#User Experience#Web design Stephen Moyers Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Moto G6, G6 Plus, G6 Play likely to come with 18:9 displays, Android 8.0 Oreo

first_imgLast month, a report revealed a whole bunch of Motorola smartphones that include the Moto X5, Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, Moto G6 Play, Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play that are scheduled to be launched this year. Among them, the Moto G6 line will see a drastic change in design compared to the Moto G5-series as all the upcoming three smartphones will be sporting 18:9 displays. Some benchmark results in HTML5test now confirm the same as well as provide some additional details.As per a Wi-Fi certification, the Moto G6 Play with model number XT1922 will be powered by a Snapdragon 430 chipset. The smartphone will be placed below the Moto G6 as far as specifications and price are concerned. As per past reports, the Moto G6 Play will sport a 5.7-inch screen with an HD+ (720×1440) resolution that is now seemingly confirmed by the certification as well. The handset will run on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box and is tipped to house a large 4000mAh battery.In addition to the Moto G6 Play, two other devices have also been certified with Android 8.0 Oreo along with Snapdragon 425 processors. These handsets could possibly be the Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus, but we cant say for sure. According to last months report, the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus will come with Snapdragon 450 and Snapdragon 630 chips, respectively.ALSO READ: Moto G6, G6 Plus, G6 Play, X5, Z3 and Z3 Play leak in full gloryAccording to the HTML5 benchmark, all the Moto G6 smartphones wil sport 18:9 displays which means they will feature slimmer bezels all around. While the Moto G6 Play is tipped to sport an HD+ display, both the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus will have full-HD+ (1080×2160) displays with the former seeing a 5.7-inch screen and the latter getting a 5.93-inch screen. The trio are also expected to run Android 8.0 Oreo off the bat. The Moto G6 will reportedly house a 3000mAh battery and bear a 12MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup a 16-megapixel front camera. The Moto G6 Plus, on the other hand, will pack a 3200mAh battery and will get an additional 6GB of RAM variant as an option.advertisementThe Moto G6 line is expected to be unveiled at MWC 2018 later this month alongside the Moto E5-series. To recall, the Lenovo-owned company launched the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus at MWC last year. Notably, the Moto G6 Play will be the first time the ‘Play’ model comes back to the Moto G lineup since the Moto G4 Play.last_img read more

Kasautii Zindagii Kay new promo: Mr Bajaj aka Karan Singh Grover makes a smashing entry

first_imgPost the exit of Komolika, fans are eagerly awaiting the entry of Mr Bajaj. Afterall, none other than Karan Singh Grover, who’s making a comeback on TV after a long time, is playing the part. His entry sequence is being shot currently as per our sources and will air on Star Plus on June 17 in a one-hour mega episode.Meanwhile, Star Plus has shared the glimpse of his entry in a promo. Smart, sharp and daring, Mr Bajaj loves to takes risks in his business and indulge in adventure sports. He shows his bungee jumping skills as he leaps off a building to launch the logo of his new company.”Khel ho ya business targets main khud tay karta hoon. Nammumkin se ek kadam aage,” says Bajaj.Take a look at the promo:According to reports, Mr Bajaj will bring a storm in Prerna and Anurag’s life and play a spoilsport in their union. Mr Bajaj will apparently force Prerna to marry him for sake of his daughter Sneha who cannot speak. She is the same girl who Prerna has saved from falling in a mall.The little girl is quite fond of Prerna and is getting closer to her. Mr Bajaj feels Prerna would prove to be a good mother to his daughter and hence blackmail her to marry him.advertisementKaran Singh Grover is thrilled to have bagged the role. “There was no choice. Anybody would have agreed to do this. It’s Mr. Bajaj. There were no second thoughts about it at all. There have been few changes made in the character and it has new dimensions. The new sketch has been done brilliantly by the writers and Ekta, of course. I too have given a few suggestions. Now, it’s all up to the audience,” he told indianexpress.com.last_img read more