first_imgA DONEGAL Fine Gael representative is under fire in his adopted home of Sligo over a night out featuring strippers and booze competitions.Daniel McGarrigle sits on Sligo Borough Council representing Fine Gael, having being co-opted onto the seat in 2011 vacated by the then newly-elected TD Tony McLoughlin.But he is also the manager of top Sligo niteclub Pure that staged male and female strippers as part of a ‘Rag Week’. This was despite objections from the Students Union at IT Sligo who opposed boozing sessions as part of the three-day charity events.Angry lecturers at IT Sligo called a number of newspapers yesterday to complain about McGarrigle (pictured below) who was President of the Students Union there six years ago.One told Donegal Daily: “We have a man here in Sligo who was president of the students union and now represents Fine Gael on the town council and he is running a club promoting a rag week that wasn’t officially sanctioned.“A lot of people are very angry, especially as there were so many competitions to win drink as prizes. “Councillor McGarrigle needs to explain himself to the people of Sligo town and to the students and their parents from up there in Donegal and right around the country.”The club held a ‘Donegal Monday’ during the week in a bid to get trade from Donegal students.But hardly anyone turned up, according to students.However there were huge crowds later in the week for a stripper show.The Students Union held several fundraisers on the campus to raise money for Brain Injury Awareness Ireland. They were furious at niteclubs and bars who held unofficial rag week events including the stripper event featured (left) and a shifting booth where punters were encouraged to ‘shift’.Fine Gael is said to be ‘extremely embarrassed’ that Cllr McGarrigle went ahead with pub events without the approval of IT Sligo.DONEGAL FINE GAEL MAN UNDER FIRE OVER STRIPPERS AND BOOZE COMPETITIONS was last modified: March 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL FINE GAEL MAN UNDER FIRE OVER STRIPPERS AND BOOZE COMPETITIONSlast_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 2 Aston Villa 0 – Berbatov inspires brilliant Whites

first_imgA Steve Sidwell strike and a Dimitar Berbatov penalty have put Fulham in a commanding position at the break.Sidwell netted the opener against his former club on 21 minutes, latching on to Giorgos Karagounis’s pass before slipping it past Villa keeper Brad Guzan.Berbatov, outstanding in the first 45 minutes, then fired home from the spot after Ashkan Dejagah tumbled under Leandro Bacuna’s challenge.Fulham’s fluid movement in attack has asked constant questions of a retreating Villa defence.In the opening minutes, Berbatov saw a header tipped on to the post by Guzan, while Kacaniklic had a curling effort cleared off the line by Nathan Baker.The visitors’ only chances of note came while the match was still goalless, with Christian Benteke sending a glancing header across goal and forcing a stop from Maarten Stekelenburg.Late in the first half, Bacuna sent a free-kick from just outside the penalty well wide of goal.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise; Dejagah, Parker, Karagounis, Sidwell, Kačaniklić; Berbatov.Subs: Stockdale, Zverotic, Richardson, Kasami, Duff, Ruiz, Christensen.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgARCATA >> Tuesday night the Arcata volleyball team did what no Big 5 team has done thus far in league play — beat Del Norte.In a five set nail-bitting finish the Tigers kept their Big 5 league title hopes alive by handing the Warriors their first league loss at 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 25-22 and 19-17 at Arcata High School. The tension was high on both sides of the net, and when it got to the fifth set it was apparent whomever wanted it most was going to have to fight to the bitter end to get the …last_img

Photo library: Nature 2

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Nature contact sheet (785KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Western Cape province:The Swartland region.Photo: Swartland Wine Route » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Snowfall on the mountains in the Hex River Valley. Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Snowfall on the mountains in the Hex River Valley. Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Baviaanskloof Mountains. Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Baviaanskloof Mountains. Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Baviaanskloof Mountains.   Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Karoo region, Western Capeprovince: Ostriches. Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Karoo region, Western Capeprovince: Ostriches   Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res image Karoo region, Western Capeprovince: Ostriches   Photo: Media Club South Africa » Download high-res imageNATURE 2: {loadposition nature}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at read more

Max Planck Institute invests in MeerKAT

first_img4 December 2014Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) is investing R150-million in the construction and installation of radio receivers on South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope, at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor and the president of the Max Planck Society (MPG), Martin Stratmann, made the announcement on 2 December.The 64-dish MeerKAT, expected to be complete in 2017, will form part of the SKA, which will be the largest radio telescope in the world. The R2-billion MeerKAT is a South African-funded and designed telescope. Some 75% of the components are being sourced locally. Once finished, it will be the most sensitive radio telescope of its kind in the southern hemisphere.Radio telescopes have a number of receivers, each of which focuses on a different part of the radio wave spectrum.The receivers to be funded by the institute would be primarily for “research on pulsars, [which are] rapidly spinning neutron stars which emit very regular radio pulses and can be used as highly accurate clocks to test extreme physics”, it said.The receivers will be built by the institute and will operate in the S band of radio frequencies. Two other sets of receivers, for the L band and UHF band of frequencies, are being built in South Africa.“We consider MeerKAT to be an important undertaking as it is not only a pre-eminent astronomy project, but also a light-house project for science in Africa in general,” said Stratmann. “The MPG is very pleased to enable close collaboration between its scientists and the South African community and looks forward to see MeerKAT’s first glimpse of the universe with the receivers of the MPIfR.”Pandor said the investment was an endorsement of the excellence of the MeerKAT and the South African team that designed and was building it.“This significant investment by a leading global research organisation of prestigious repute, home to several Nobel Prize winners, [is] an important vote of confidence, in South African science in general and the MeerKAT specifically.”MeerKAT will be the most sensitive centimetre wave radio telescope in the world until the SKA is built. It is expected to do transformational science on pulsars and other areas of astronomy.The MPIfR said its receiver project would not only grant its scientists access to a world- class facility and its unique unrestricted view on our galaxy, but would also extend the frequency range for all MeerKAT scientists and so boost MeerKAT’s scientific potential even further.“Radio astronomy provides an independent view of the cosmos,” it explained. “It allows the study of objects and processes that are otherwise not accessible, and enables the study of a wide range of questions in fundamental physics and astrophysics.”The discovery space was mostly limited by the sensitivity of the radio telescopes, but other factors like sky access, time and frequency resolution also played a role.MeerKAT would even be more sensitive than the largest fully-steerable radio telescopes in the northern hemisphere. In addition, it would provide a spatial resolution comparable to an 8km diameter telescope, making its science potential enormous.“The MeerKAT receiver project at our institute provides a receiving system that is finely tuned to the science interests of Max Planck scientists,” said Gundolf Wieching, head of the electronics division at MPIfR, where the new receiver will be built.In addition to providing the frontend, the complete project includes the design and the construction of a state-of-the-art digital backend system which will turn MeerKAT into a discovery machine for pulsars and other time-domain phenomena.The receiver system will be designed and constructed by MPIfR in collaboration with its colleagues from the universities of Manchester and Oxford.“The investment is an endorsement of the excellence of the MeerKAT and the South African team which designed and is building it,” said Bernie Fanaroff, the director of SKA South Africa.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Brand South Africa in Australia to renew its international reputation with the support of expatriates

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 19 March 2018 – Brand South Africa will, from 19-21 March 2018, engage with South African citizens living in Australia. In executing its mandate to position the country positively and manage its reputation, Brand South Africa participates in and organises a series of engagements with citizens both domestically and internationally.  These engagements are aimed at highlighting the status of the Nation Brand while encouraging citizens to become brand ambassadors and rally behind efforts to strengthen the country’s reputation and profile.  Through this, it is anticipated that South Africans can become citizens who actively play their part in this national endeavour. Explaining the importance of South Africans in the diaspora, Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela says, “South Africans living abroad are one of the most important constituencies because of their ability to promote and profile the country positively.   “As part of the engagements in Perth, Brand South Africa will share information on of the performance of the Nation Brand.  Through this process it is anticipated that these Global South Africans can be encouraged to fly the South African flag and therefore contribute to collective efforts to promote South Africa as a globally competitive business and tourist destination.” Brand South Africa is the custodian of South Africa’s image and reputation and is targeting the 180,000 South African immigrants in Australia, to define their own niche and contribute to the promotion of their country there.   Interviews can be arranged with identified spokespeople.last_img read more

Is art the next frontier in the IoT revolution?

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#art#featured#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Lightswarm#Meural#public spaces#spacemaking#Tilt Brush#top Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Internet is a tool of connection. We share photos, videos, ideas—all at the click of a button, or the tap of a screen. The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution has further transformed our lives, allowing our devices to fully integrate with our world in ways unimaginable even five years ago. The very concept of IoT has even forced us to rethink traditionally staid cultural mores. In the last few years, the art world has seen an immense impact as a result of this trend. However, its prevalence remains under the radar.We all know about the conveniences of IoT devices—Nest’s popular Wi-Fi thermostat comes to mind, a tool that can learn about its users habits and program your home’s temperature accordingly. The world is now awash in items that perform various functions using a similar concept. Leveraging smart homes for art’s sakeThese interconnected and interactive gadgets have helped make “smart homes” a reality. But in the process, they’ve become little more than the sum of their parts. They certainly have great utilitarian use, but the vast majority of them have done little to add value beyond that. This reality has created a bit of a tech overload, with multiple products competing for attention, seemingly tripping over themselves in the process. The clutter effect is palpably felt, and has led some users to doubt whether a bit of added convenience is really worth the costs.See also: How 5 artists use PinterestThankfully, this is not the case with all aspects of connected tech. While most devices, as previously mentioned, seek to create a hive mind among the various wearables and gadgets that incessantly pervade our daily lives, there has been a thriving subculture of technologists, designers, architects, and more that have uncovered a wealth of opportunity to subvert the traditional artistic approach by integrating IoT very carefully into their work. These groups have set out to make IoT more than a robotic afterthought, and instead infuse it with same warmth and emotion that permeates the great artistic masterpieces from the past and present.There are tons of examples of innovative takes by way of intricately developed installations that use technology to create all sorts of wonders—everything from weather simulations, proximity-based interactive lighting structures, and pieces that react through sensors to the changing conditions of the sea via connected buoys. In each of these cases, the masterminds behind each installation used sensors as the proverbial ‘paint brush’ for their creations.Art adds a deep, personal touch to otherwise cold techArt has effectively added a deep and intimate personal touch to the tech world—one that has largely been lacking. With the advent of IoT, people have the ability to customize and express themselves in brand new ways, all the while being enabled by intuitive new products that allow us experience the world with unique perspectives. Like the IoT revolution, art is an examination and reassessment of the space we inhabit triggered by an intense emotional reaction to the creations in front of us. This makes the marriage of the two concepts inherently natural and organic.Already, products like Lightswarm have become integrated into homes. Lightswarm tracks the movements of people in a room and adjusts the lighting to match where they are and what time of day it is; it is both useful while also adding to the ambience of the environment. The concept has been adapted to various other fixtures, both for private homes, as well as public spaces. These pieces of technology, while utilitarian on the surface, actually hide a creative subtext beneath their layers, which makes them aesthetically pleasing, as well as fundamentally functional.Of course, the intersection of art and technology goes much further than just simple lighting. It has also radically democratized the nature of the art world itself. Years ago, you needed to live near a big city to be able to explore visual culture through museums or galleries. That paradigm has greatly shifted as people now have the ability to view and appreciate art from anywhere, sometimes with just a few taps on their phone, or by exploring art in 360 degrees through Google cardboard. It doesn’t stop there. Google is also adapting the IoT revolution to give people the chance to create artistic works in a whole new plane of “reality” through the Google Tilt Brush, which will effectively make it possible to render the entire concept of a dedicated studio space as obsolete. Virtual reality will be the prospective artist’s new canvas. These are perfect examples of innovations that can break down the barriers to accessibility and understanding of art while making the world at large your studio.Ultimately, art has brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to the IoT revolution—one that’s all too often hidden from the spotlight. Connected technology shouldn’t just be about convenience or fulfilling a certain task, not when it’s possible to rise above utility and make it an integral part of the human experience. Art has always occupied that space, but as it continues to exist hand-in-hand with technology, the door is always open for pushing the envelope and tapping into a part of the human condition that, as a result of the digital age, might have become buried within us over time.The author is the co-founder and CEO of Meural, a digital art company. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img Vlad Vukicevic What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more

Jane Fonda To Host 2016 Womens Media Awards

first_imgThe Women’s Media Center is proud to announce that the 2016 Women’s Media Awards will this year be hosted for the first time by Jane Fonda, the two-time Academy Award-winning star of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”Gayle King, co-anchor of “CBS This Morning” and three-time Emmy winner, will give the opening remarks at the event.The announcement was made by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, co-founders of the Women’s Media Center. The celebration will be held on September 29, 2016, at Capitale in New York City.The Women’s Media Awards recognize and honor game-changers for women in media. By deciding who gets to talk, what creates the debate, who writes, and what is important enough to be visible, the media shapes our understanding of who we are and what we can be. The Women’s Media Awards shine a light on this important issue.“I am so delighted that Jane Fonda, my friend and sister co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, is hosting our gala,” says WMC Co-Founder Robin Morgan. “Jane is a brilliant artist who continues to illumine new, challenging roles with her deep understanding of humanity. She’s also a longtime activist, contributing to and speaking out for progressive causes, especially women’s rights and empowerment. Gloria and I truly could not have founded the Women’s Media Center without her energy, vision, support, humor, star power, and plain hard work.”“I am very honored to host this year’s Women’s Media Awards,” says Women’s Media Center Co-Founder Jane Fonda. “I am so proud of how, in the eleven years since the Women’s Media Center was founded, this organization has served as a powerful advocate for gender equality in the media. When only a tiny percentage of the top-level positions in media are held by women, it is crucial that we draw attention to the amazing work being done by women in all areas of media, that we provide a home base for training women to take the next big step, and that we highlight the huge need for further progress.”“It is my great pleasure that this year the mighty Gayle King will be providing the opening remarks for our Women’s Media Awards,” says Women’s Media Center Co-Founder Gloria Steinem. “In her rich journalistic career and while anchoring one of America’s key national news shows, Gayle has been a leader and an exponent of the best in integrity, intelligence, and empathy. A past co-chair of the Women’s Media Awards, she is one of our greatest examples of a woman shining bright at the height of the media world.”The Women’s Media Center, co-founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, works to make women visible and powerful in media. The Women’s Media Center trains women leaders to be in the media; promotes women experts to the media through WMC SheSource; conducts groundbreaking research and reporting on media inclusion and accuracy; features women’s voices and stories on their radio broadcast and podcast, “Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan” and through WMC Features, WMC Fbomb, WMC Speech Project and WMC Women Under Siege.“The Women’s Media Awards were created to honor champions for women who use their media platforms to tell the stories, facts, and solutions crucial to all viewers, and to advance opportunities for women in media,” says Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center. “Because media tells our stories and influences the role of women in every part of society, we are proud to honor these amazing women who set the standard for what media should look like when it gives voice to the female half of the country.”To buy tickets or for more information about the 2016 Women’s Media Awards and the ongoing work of the Women’s Media Center, go to: read more

Video shows argument between Wolastoqew student and St Thomas University administrator over

first_imgKeyaira Gruben and her daughter Cedar. Gruben filed a human rights complaint against St. Thomas University. Photo: Angel Moore/APTNAngel MooreAPTN NewsKeyaira Gruben never expected that protecting her rights as an Indigenous student at university would lead to an argument in the classroom with the social work program coordinator.“That this is really sad that this is how this issue comes to light when it should have been brought into light and addressed a long time ago and instead it was addressed in this manner which was not professional,” Gruben told APTN News.Gruben has been in a battle with St. Thomas University since she started the Mi’kmaq Maliseet social work program two years ago.She said she has right to bring her baby to class.The university disagrees.Gruben filed a human rights complaint against the university in October 2018.She said the video shows what’s really going on.“The fact that something like this which displays a quite different reality than what they’ve been portraying it doesn’t leave me surprised one bit that they would be trying to deny or distort or discredit the evidence in front of them,” she said.Watch Angel’s story about Keyaira Gruben here.  The video shows a confrontation between Gruben and the coordinator in front of other students in the class.The coordinator is clearly upset that Gruben went public with her complaints.At times both voices are raised.The coordinator tells Gruben if she doesn’t like the way the program is run she can leave.Along with being a student, and mother, Gruben is also a band councillor of Kingsclear First Nation.She has the support from her community.Chief Gabriel Atwin said that after watching the video, it’s clear St. Thomas is not supporting Indigenous students to succeed.“Talking to Keyaira in a condescending I would say way unfortunately us as Indigenous people have gone through so much,” he said.When Gruben applied for the program two years ago, she heard that it was child friendly.“So I just assumed I’d be able to attend the program with my child,” she said.“I also have other friends who have gone through the cohort and they had their young infants and toddlers with them through the whole program.”When classes started in October 2017, there was already another infant in the classroom.“It felt very communal like there was a lot of maternal love that i felt in the program from a lot of the different women and they all connected with the babies for the most part,” Gruben said.But a few months later, people complained that the infants were disruptive.There was no baby policy in place and a solution could not be reached.(Jeffrey Carleton says the university won’t be reviewing video of confrontation between Gruben and administrator. Photo: Angel Moore/APTN)Jeffrey Carleton, spokesperson for the university said accommodations were made.“St. Thomas has been known as an accommodating place for mothers and nursing mothers,” he said.“And for many years professors individually would deal with issues if it arose in the classroom and make accommodations for students.”A separate room was designated for the mothers and babies and a policy was developed – allowing babies in the classroom only to be breastfed or in emergency situations.“In the additional room we added internet and Skype so that the nursing mothers could continue their studies while the class was going on if their child was being disruptive,” said Carleton.Brandy Stanovich, the interim president of the Indigenous Women’s Association of the Wabanaki Territories, said children are medicine and St. Thomas has an obligation to honour mothers and children.“They need to support our traditional roles and help revive our culture and not put up blockers like that,” she said.(Brandy Stanovich, the interim president of the Indigenous Women’s Association of the Wabanaki Territories. Photo: Angel Moore/APTN)Gruben said the separate baby room compromised her education.She tried to appeal the decision, but her efforts made no difference.“I got an email from the director of the social work program stating that if any child was brought to class that the teachers would stop teaching,” said Gruben.“So I said perfect this would be a good opportunity for me, us to finally have a talking circle then and she replied that there would be no talking circle.”The next day, Gruben was in the baby room, when the program coordinator called her into the class.An argument ensued and was recorded on video.Soon after she received a letter from the university saying if she didn’t comply with their new baby policy she could be withdrawn from the program.Carleton said he hasn’t seen the video and won’t look into it.”I didn’t know about the video but what’s positive about going to human rights route is that there is very specific language and requirements set down by the New Brunswick human rights commission by which the student’s complaint will be measured by.Gruben said she’s not surprised the university is ignoring the video.“That’s really how privilege works, they get to pick and choose what they share, what they don’t share, what they erase and what they minimize,” she said.“And that’s what these colonial institutions have always done to indigenous voices.Keyaira Gruben talks about why she got in the program and whether it met her expectations Atwin said the video needs to be investigated.“I believe it was very unprofessional and it needs to be investigated.Gruben is waiting on the decision from the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission.She has one year left in her program.Her daughter Cedar now goes to read more

Ben Mee insists Hart will get a good reception at City

first_imgBurnley defender Ben Mee insists Joe Hart will get the reception he deserves on his first return to the Etihad Stadium.Hart, who recently had a training pitch named after him at the Etihad Campus, won five major trophies in a 12-year period with the Citizens.The former Manchester City shot-stopper never got chance to say a proper goodbye to fans who adored him, but he will back in goal, only in opposition tomorrow as he plays against City for the first time in his career.Asked whether Hart has a point to prove, Mee said, according to Burnley Express:“Yeah, you have to ask him that, but I’m sure there’s something there. It’s always good to go back to places you’ve played. “He has been, I guess, written off in the past, but he’s still a top keeper and I’m sure he wants to prove he’s still a top keeper.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“I think he’s still got a lot to offer and show he’s still a top goalkeeper.”“He’s well thought of at the club for what he did over the years. He was there a long time, yeah, I’m sure he will get a very good reception.”“He’s well thought of. “I think I was playing in his first game when he arrived at City, so I knew him from a young lad. He’s a good lad.”“I remember watching him and went to see him when he made it into the first team. It’s great to see how well he’s done.”last_img read more