first_imgA woman had to be rescued from Lough Salt Mountain today after she suffered a suspected fractured ankle.The woman, who is from Derry, suffered her injury just before 3pm near the second peak of the ridge.The rescue 118 helicopter was dispatched from Sligo and dropped off two Donegal Mountain Rescue  responders as well as the winchman form the helicopter. The woman was treated and then stretchered to flatter ground where the group were then collected and taken to Letterkenny General Hospital.The rest of the walkers were then escorted down the mountain by members of the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team.The women is expected to have made a full recovery.A spokesman for the DMRT described the operation as a success.   WOMAN RESCUED AFTER FRACTURING ANKLE ON DONEGAL MOUNTAIN was last modified: October 8th, 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:ANKLEDMRTLOUGH SALT MOUNTAINRESCUE 118last_img read more

FOCAC starts today in South Africa

first_img4 December 2015Ties between China and Africa are expected to strengthen as the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) summit commences today. The historic event, the first to be hosted in Africa, will run till tomorrow in Joburg, South Africa.It is co-chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping, already in South Africa for a State Visit, and President Jacob Zuma.Numerous heads of African states, representatives from the African Union (AU), heads of regional organisations and multilateral organisations are also participating in the summit, which has the theme “Africa-China progressing together: win-win co-operation for common development”.The Johannesburg DeclarationA new declaration – the Johannesburg Declaration – will be adopted at the conclusion of the summit. It is an action plan to outline measures to consolidate the expanding relationship between Africa and China.The summit will pick up on key areas of co-operation that the two sides have identified. These include economic co-operation, infrastructure development, beneficiation, debt relief, industrialisation, investment promotion, market access expansion, co-operation in health, agriculture, science and technology, and education, as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges.The Johannesburg Declaration will also take into account the AU’s first 10-year implementation plan of Agenda 2063. The agenda is a continental vision for an African continent that is united, peaceful and prosperous, and which moves towards industrialisation and value-addition, infrastructure development and greater intra-African trade.China and Africa partnershipThe historical relationship between China and Africa has grown in the last few years. The oriental country has been Africa’s largest trade partner for six consecutive years and Africa is assuming growing importance as an investment and engineering contract destination for Chinese enterprises.Over the past 15 years, the trade volume between China and Africa has soared from $10-billion (R144-billion at today’s exchange rate) to $220-billion. During the same period, China’s direct investment in Africa has sharply increased from $500-million to $30-billion.China&Africa: Together we make a better world #XiJinping, African leaders to attend #FOCAC summit in S. Africa https://t.co/3aRGWiOlhG— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) December 3, 2015South Africa’s relations with China remain central to realising its developmental agenda through foreign policy as it increases efforts to implement its National Development Plan; and collaborate in agriculture, environmental affairs, trade and industry, and finance. This comes as the country continues to drive the agenda of moving South Africa forward.Arrival of Chinese presidentPresident Xi arrived in South Africa on 2 December. In his arrival statement, he said the relationship between South Africa and China was at its best and had become a model of solidarity and co-operation between developing countries.The two countries had “steadily enhanced political trust, deepened practical collaboration in all areas and engaged in dynamic people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and carried out interestingly close international co-operation”.About FOCACEstablished in 2000, FOCAC aims to promote bilateral ties between China and Africa through dialogue.This year marks the 15th anniversary of the forum. It is the first time the ministerial meeting has been upgraded to a leader’s summit. This is seen as a reflection of the developing and growing relationship between the two sides.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Standability a concern this harvest season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As crops approach maturity and harvest begins, standability could become a concern in some corn fields.Corn fields across the Eastern Corn Belt have experienced various environmental factors that create stress conditions for the plant and as a result, stalk rots could become an issue late in the season. Ohio State University Bulletin 802 states: “The severity of stalk rot is confounded by plant stress. In general, the greater the stress the plant endures, the greater the severity of stalk rot. This has been demonstrated very well with plant nutrition. Plants with excessively high levels of nitrogen or with an imbalance between nitrogen and potassium are very susceptible to stalk rot. Plants stressed by drought (especially late season drought), foliage disease, or insect injury generally have more stalk rot.”Many corn fields have experienced nitrogen loss, leaf disease, and insect damage this year. Some areas of the Eastern Corn Belt have experienced dry conditions late in the season as well. Growers should walk fields prior to harvest and scout for stalk rots, looking for discoloration of the inside and/or outside of stalks and performing the “pinch test” on stalks to identify areas where lodging could occur. Where standability is a concern, corn should be harvested as soon as possible after reaching physiological maturity to avoid losses due to stalk breakage and lodging. For more detailed information about stalk rots, check out these links: Stress During Grain Fill: A Harbinger of Stalk Health Problems and Corn Disease Management in Ohio.last_img read more

iPhone & Android App Design: Developers Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Designing a mobile app can seem simple when you are sketching it out on the whiteboard. But when you actually sit down in your developer environment and get cracking, turning your ideas into reality is not always so easy.That’s only the beginning, of course. What if you need to design your app for both the iPhone and Android? You will very quickly learn that you cannot just cut and paste your design from one platform to the other. Android and iOS frameworks share some basic principles, but when it comes to design, they are as different as ebony and ivory. For instance, the notification bars in iOS and Android may look similar, but they perform different functions on each platform. And did you know that the action bar interface icon for iPhone is 20×20 pixels, while Android’s is 24×24 density-independent pixels? Do you know the difference between a pixel and a density-independent pixel?Here’s a quick reminder, from StackOverflow: Density-independent Pixels – an abstract unit based on the physical density of the screen. These units are relative to a 160dpi screen, so one dp is one pixel on a 160dpi screen. The ratio of dp-to-pixel changes with the screen density, but not necessarily in direct proportion. Note: The compiler accepts both “dip” and “dp,” though “dp” is more consistent with “sp.”Sometimes you just need an easy chart to remember these kinds of things. Mobile cloud-service provider Kinvey created a quick infographic going over the basics of iOS and Android design for easy reference when you are pulling out your hair trying to port your iPhone icons over to an Android app (or vice versa). Check it out below. What are your biggest app design problems? Let us know in the comments. Related Posts Tags:#Android#App Design#app development#iOS What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

3 Actions to Keep Your Great Ideas from a Meeting in Play

first_imgBuilding a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Related Posts Frank Landmancenter_img Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Regular company meetings can get repetitive when the same projects and agenda items are discussed, week in and week out. However, every once in awhile, in between the endless monotonous conversations, a magical moment occurs when someone shares a truly inspiring idea. It could be the start of a new product, a solution to a cost issue, or the basis for improving the customer experience. Employees have often been the source of some incredible ideas, including everything from Post-It Notes to the Facebook “like” button. Ideas like that could be percolating right now within your organization. The problem is you may never know it. If the person charged with taking notes from a meeting drops the ball, that game-changing idea can get lost in the shuffle. Don’t let that creative opportunity go untapped. Here are three ways to keep a great idea in play, so that it can reach its full potential: Use and share a virtual wall note system. Virtual wall note systems let you create, share and organize notes between team members. For example, GoWall is a platform that lets you stick “virtual” sticky notes on a shared online wall that all attendees can see. According to Leigh Thompson, Kellogg School of Management’s Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations at the at Northwestern University, leaders can raise meeting engagement levels by giving every participant a voice, even those introverts who prefer staying out of the limelight. For those types of meeting participants, Thompson employs something called “brainwriting,” a process that utilizes written thoughts, instead of spoken ones. You can use other tools to record and preserve thoughts and ideas in writing. For example, Quip offers a digital notebook that lets you record and then share written brainstorm sessions with team members. Use it to jot down the idea itself, how it can be used in the company, and how it can be implemented. Technology like the Quip notebook lets you create and save great ideas for the team’s use long after the meeting ends, so you can explore these ideas later. The notes will provide a summary the proposal and the resulting discussion. This way, team members who weren’t there can review and contribute to the discussion of that idea, keeping it alive and potentially moving it forward to the next stage of development. Stop appointing a (human) notetaker to transcribe the meeting. No matter how skilled they might be at transcription, a human notetaker is just that — human. They can miss critical information or make mistakes in capturing what was said. There’s also the time factor; a team member who’s been asked to transcribe the meeting may have to delay it in order to perform their assigned work. Rather than shouldering these risks, why not use meeting technology that provides automatic transcription services? Since no one has to make time to transcribe, the information is more likely to be circulated more quickly among the meeting participants.  Moreover, it’s possible to return to the recording, as you can do with Voicera. You can pinpoint the moment when the idea was originally shared to get a better sense of the surrounding context. This section can then be clipped from the transcript and shared with other key decision-makers to help motivate action. Additionally, using technology to automate the transcription process saves money and improves productivity, as it frees the team up to work on more critical assignments. Include the meeting idea in follow-up with the team. When your company schedules regular meetings, including formal and informal follow-up meetings, treat subsequent meetings as an opportunity to return to the initial idea and explore it further. Of course, merely mentioning the idea again might not be sufficient to maintain forward momentum. In preparing for the next meeting, collect input from other team members on how they think this idea can be implemented and how it might benefit the company and its stakeholders. Look for available research that can justify shepherding this idea from a suggestion into a viable strategy or tactic for the company. A tool like Basecamp helps facilitate meeting preparation with tools that aid sharing notes and ideas, such as a message board. Here, each team member can post their findings, then use that information to generate a report for the upcoming meeting. From there, the initial idea and the research developed around it can transform into an action item or project. Get More IdeasTo encourage creativity, encourage discussions that focus on brainstorming or that request formal suggestions as part of the agenda. Continually emphasize the value of sharing ideas by offering incentives and recognizing team members who have contributed an idea that benefit the company.Finally, develop a culture that rewards innovation, where both extroverts and introverts feel comfortable speaking up during meetings. If you can stoke the creative fires, use technology to exchange and archive helpful written notes, and follow up on ideas quickly, you can help keep those miracle ideas alive and moving forward. As an added bonus, it reinforces for employees the belief that your company rewards shared ideas, which keeps those ideas coming. Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U…last_img read more

Assault on Indian Students in Italy: Consulate Issues Advisory

first_imgExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Oct. 31 told Indian students in Milan, Italy, not to panic after a string of assaults on them in the northern region of the city. The Indian Consulate in Milan published an advisory but did not mention if the attacks were racially motivated.Swaraj said she was monitoring the situation. She also said that other Indian students must be alerted about the areas to be avoided in the city. The Consulate General of India in Milan assured the students in Milan that the incidents have been taken up with higher authorities in Italy. In the advisory, students were told to keep in touch with each other and the consulate to ensure better safety.The consulate general released his cellphone number for students to call in case they go through such incidents again.Attack on Indian students in Milan : I have got the detailed report. Pls do not worry. I am monitoring the situation personally. @cgmilan1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 31, 2017In two separate incidents, three students claimed that they were asked to go back to their country and were abused because of their color by the assaulters. They were also beaten with broken beer bottles. The latest attack took place on Oct. 29 while another one had taken place on Oct. 17.The students also claimed that this was not the first time and that such incidents have been taking place for a few months.Attack on Indian students in Milan pic.twitter.com/kY0qwfePm8— India in Milan (@cgmilan1) October 30, 2017The latest of the attacks was reported to have taken place during Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni’s visit to India. Gentiloni met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj, and spoke about the common interests that the two countries hold in issues related to tackling terrorism and climate change. Related Itemsindian students attacked MilanIndian students italyItaly attacks IndiansMilan Indian studentssushma swaraj Milan studentslast_img read more

Laver Cup: Roger Federer Shines in Doubles as Europe Lead Team World 3-1 after First Day

first_imgGeneva: Team Europe took a 3-1 lead over Team World on the first day of the Laver Cup after winning two of three singles matches and the doubles contest in front of a sellout crowd in Geneva on Friday.Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas won their respective singles matches before Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev teamed up in the doubles, saving a whopping 15 of 16 break points to beat Jack Sock and Denis Shapovalov 6-3 7-5. “All of us tennis players travel around the world for 10-11 months of the year,” Federer said. “There’s no place like playing at home so this is a very special night for me.”Greek Tsitsipas, ranked seventh in the world, kicked off the evening session with a 6-2 1-6 10-7 win over American Taylor Fritz, claiming the opening set in 24 minutes with two breaks of serve.Although Fritz battled back in the second, winning six of the next seven games to level the score, Tsitsipas capitalised when Fritz double-faulted at 7-7 in the super tiebreak – a race to 10 points when the match goes into a third set.”I think the momentum changed in the third set tiebreak,” Tsitsipas said. “I found my rhythm, had a more clear mind on the court, didn’t rush so much. I think that played a crucial role in closing it at the end.”Earlier, in the first session, Europe struck first when Austrian Thiem beat Canada’s Shapovalov 6-4 5-7 13-11, saving three match points in the super tiebreak.Thiem, ranked fifth in the world, needed only one break of serve to take the opening set, but the 20-year-old Shapovalov fought back to break twice in the second set to tie the game at one set apiece.The young Canadian led 9-7 in the tiebreak before squandering his match points as Thiem clawed his way back to win the contest on his second match point.”It’s a really special thing with the tiebreak in the third,” Thiem said. “It creates lots of close moments and match points on either side. It’s also a little bit of luck at the end.”American Sock earned Team World their only point of the day after securing a 6-1 7-6(3) win over Italian Fabio Fognini.Fognini failed to convert any of his six break points in the match as Sock won five games in a row to take the opening set.Federer and Rafa Nadal, with a total of 39 Grand Slams between them, gave Fognini plenty of advice during breaks in play as the second set went with serve until the tiebreak.But Sock came away victorious after Fognini double-faulted at 3-5 before the Italian made a backhand error to surrender the match. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevDenis Shapovalovdominic thiemFabio Fognini First Published: September 21, 2019, 7:53 AM ISTlast_img read more

German sailors downplay Rio water health risk; worry about wind, debris

first_imgGerman Olympic sailors, one of whom was infected last year by a flesh-eating bacteria after a test run in Rio de Janeiro’s sewage-tainted Guanabara Bay, said this week they are less worried about health risks than racing effectively in shifty winds and wild currents while avoiding floating debris.Three weeks before the start of racing at the Rio Olympics, three top medal prospects from the highly ranked German sailing team told Reuters on Tuesday that plastic bags and bottles, floating logs, the occasional dead dog and other flotsam will make what is already one of the most challenging Olympic sailing venues even harder.The sailors said those factors will affect their performance on the “playground,” as the Germans call the race course, more than the presence of disease-causing pathogens at Rio water-sports venues, the focus much pre-Olympic concern.”I think we do not care too much about the health issues,” said Erik Heil, skipper of Germany’s Olympic entry into the 49er two-man skiff class.Nearly a year ago, after an Olympic test regatta in Rio, Heil was treated in Germany for an antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus infection that chewed small craters into his leg.WATER NOT A CONCERN”We don’t know the reason, it could be the water, it could be a mosquito, it could be something else,” he said.Heil said he is more concerned with plastic bags and other debris that could snag boats.The sailing courses inside Guanabara Bay face daily surging tidal currents that push enormous volumes of water, sewage and debris out of the Bay’s narrow mouth, only to be replaced later by cleaner seawater flushing in from the Atlantic Ocean.advertisementDebris tends to concentrate along the lines of currents and entering or departing tides, said Heil’s 49er crewmate Thomas Ploessel and Germany’s one-man, single sail Laser-class entry Philipp Buhl. Taking advantage of currents can mean putting a boat dangerously close to floating junk, they said.Those currents are further influenced by underwater rocks and mountains. Hills and buildings surrounding the bay change the often light winds and can redirect gusts unpredictably. Courses outside the bay face high waves and high winds.These myriad challenges have put health issues on the back burner for athletes, Buhl said.”This is pretty much the dirtiest place I’ve ever sailed, but I can’t care about that too much. I’m just looking forward to a fair competition,” Buhl said. “So far, I’ve been here five times and I’ve gone back five times healthy.”last_img read more

West Ham players fear toxic stadium atmosphere will damage survival bid

first_img Pinterest Does that sum up the club’s PR problems?You could say that. Remarks by Brady were said to have scuppered a deal to sign Islam Slimani from Leicester in January, while Sullivan caused anger with derogatory remarks about members of the squad in December. Thank you for your feedback. Photograph: Christopher Lee/West Ham United FC Quick guide Why are West Ham fans so angry with their owners? West Ham United Read more Hide West Ham fan groups at war after rift over protest march Pinterest Is there any reason for fans to be hopeful?Perhaps West Ham can rebuild if Moyes keeps them up, but it is difficult to see how the board can regain the fans’ trust after the frenzied protests during Saturday’s home defeat by Burnley. Jacob Steinberg The FA Topics Share on LinkedIn The squad flew to Florida for five days of warm-weather training on Sunday morning and need to regroup swiftly before their next game, at home to fellow strugglers Southampton on 31 March. Yet the sense is of a club at war with itself. Supporters believe promises have been broken since West Ham left Upton Park two years ago and they have railed at a lack of investment in the transfer market. Within the club, however, there is disbelief that the mood turned so quickly in the ground after Ashley Barnes gave Burnley the lead in the 66th minute.The day was supposed to be remembered for commemorations marking the 25th anniversary of Bobby Moore’s death. Yet the atmosphere deteriorated after the visitors scored, even though West Ham had ample time to rescue themselves, and there is a feeling that the disruptions played a part in the team’s subsequent collapse. David Sullivan The east London club have launched an investigation and are braced for a heavy fine from the Football Association after the London Stadium’s security failings were exposed by four pitch invasions, hundreds of supporters gathering in front of the directors’ box to vent their feelings, the police receiving two assault allegations and Sullivan’s glasses saving him from serious injury after he was struck by a coin during the protests.The situation is far from ideal, bearing in mind the damage that West Ham’s third consecutive defeat has done to their chances of staying up. Several players were visibly angry with the delays caused by supporters breaking on to the field of play, with Mark Noble, the captain, hurling the first pitch invader to the ground and James Collins becoming involved in a heated exchange with another. It is understood the squad is worried about the prospect of further unrest during the run-in. The pressure on them is already immense and, while they understand why fans are upset with the hierarchy, the last thing they need is another distraction during a crucial period. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp news Was this helpful? Twitter Farewell Boleyn: the end of an era for West Ham United – video Is there a way to improve recruitment?The last transfer window ended with Tony Henry, the club’s head of recruitment, losing his job after making offensive comments about African footballers. Soon Sullivan was indicating a willingness to give more control over signings to David Moyes. But is he truly capable of taking a step back? Although Sullivan has told the Guardian that he is not the director of football, he was referred to by that title when the accounts were released last week. “David Sullivan in effect takes a Football Director role in helping to select and negotiate all football transfers alongside the manager,” Karren Brady, the vice-chairman, wrote. Nobody at the club has come up with an explanation for the publication of that line. Sullivan and Gold were escorted from their seats on safety grounds in the 84th minute. Some supporters gathered below the directors’ box had made throat-slitting gestures and some threw missiles. Sir Trevor Brooking, who was sitting on his own in the directors’ box by the end, confirmed reports that a coin hit Sullivan. “I didn’t see it myself but I did have that confirmed, which was part of the reason why the people in the directors’ box had to go inside to save any more problems like that,” the former West Ham player and manager told the BBC.The focus in the aftermath switched to the failure by stewards to respond to the pitch invasions and the way they were overwhelmed by the surge towards the directors’ box, with one female steward knocked to the ground. Questions were raised about the slow response from the security team, given the fallout from a cancelled protest march before the game. Rival fan groups had clashed over that decision and Mark Walker, the chairman of the West Ham United Independent Supporters Association, has criticised the club for not condemning the threats and abuse he received last week. Facebook West Ham United’s players fear the toxic atmosphere at the London Stadium will harm their battle against relegation after their 3-0 defeat by Burnley on Saturday was marred by furious supporter demonstrations against David Gold and David Sullivan, the club’s co-owners.Although David Moyes called for his team to stick together following an afternoon of chaos that left them three points above the bottom three, there is concern within West Ham’s dressing room that their fight to stay in the Premier League will be derailed now the fanbase appears to have lost all faith in the board. Sullivan blamed LS185, the stadium operators, as West Ham do not have control over stewarding. “We feel very badly let down by the stadium operators appointed by the mayor’s staff,” he said on Saturday night. “Where were the stewards and police?” A spokesman for the mayor of London responded by saying that Sadiq Khan’s office has no influence over the stadium’s security, while the reason it took police so long to appear was because officers are not required in the ground for low-category fixtures.The London Legacy Development Corporation is conducting an inquiry with LS185. While both organisations had made preparations for the march that never took place, they will analyse whether there was information to suggest there would be some form of protest inside the ground.Ultimately, however, the FA will hold West Ham responsible for the inadequate crowd control. West Ham, who banned around 200 fans after violent clashes during last season’s League Cup victory over Chelsea, expect to receive a fine, while the FA has the power to make them play behind closed doors. Aston Villa were hit with a £200,000 fine after pitch invasions overshadowed their FA Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park three years ago. What is the board’s biggest perceived failing?A lack of investment in the transfer market. West Ham’s recruitment has lacked focus in the past two years, players have left without replacements being identified and the result is an unbalanced squad. Show Twitter James Collins argues with a pitch invader during the match between West Ham United and Burnley. Photograph: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter West Ham chaos as pitch invaders and crowd trouble mars Burnley’s win Read more West Ham, who say they went through the proper safety checks before the game with the relevant authorities, called an emergency meeting with the stadium’s stakeholders on Saturday night and will issue bans to anyone involved in the pitch invasions. Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

DSME Aims for USD 13 Bln Orderbook

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilding giant Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has set its orderbook target at USD 13 billion for 2015 basing its forecast on the key indicators of the current business environment. The shipbuilder reported a full year net income loss of KRW 208.9 bn, down 86.4 % when compared to figures for the same period in 2013 that amounted to KRW 241.9 bn.The company’s revenue for 2014 stood at KRW 471.1 bn, 6.8 % higher than in the previous year with sales rising to KRW 16.7 trillion from KRW 15.3 trillion reported in 2013.DSME had a pretty good start of the year with respect to its order intake, which includes order for four LNG carriers placed by Korea Line Corporation and Hyundai LNG in January this year.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more