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first_imgTop men! Anraí and members of the DMRT at the top of Errigal todayCarrickfin man Anraí O Domhnaill celebrated his 50th birthday today – by climbing Errigal for the 1,000th time.Hundreds of people joined Anraí on a lunchtime charity climb to the top of Donegal’s highest mountain.Members of the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team guided young and old through hail, wind, rain and storm. It may have been muddy and wet, but the craic was good.Proceedings were delayed, but Mayor John Campbell didn’t make it – so King of Tory Patsy Dan Rodgers got the climb under way, helped with music from the bagpipes.The mountain rescue volunteers were the beneficiaries – Anraí collecting donations for them at Base Camp!And after spending several hours up there today, it makes you realise the fantastic work the DMRT guys and girls do. Maith sibh!  PICTURE SPECIAL: ANRAÍ LEADS HIS 1,000TH TRIP TO THE SUMMIT OF ERRIGAL was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 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:Anraí Ó Domhnaillcharitydonegal mountain rescue teamErrigal Climblast_img read more

first_imgThe broadcasting deal will take the2010 Fifa World Cup matches straight fromthe pitch to the homes of millions ofAfricans.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff, For more freephotos, visit the image library) All countries across sub Saharan Africawill benefit from the 2010 Fifa broadcast deal.(Image: Wikimedia) Tamara O’ReillyAn agreement by football governing body Fifa and the African Union of Broadcasters (AUB) will see to it that the 2010 World Cup reaches viewers across sub-Saharan Africa.All 64 of the tournament’s matches will be broadcast live on free-to-air television and radio in 41 regions in Africa in English, French and Portuguese. Fifa selected the AUB as the partner for sub-Saharan Africa based on its capacity to reach the largest possible audience.AUB is a combination of the Pan-African Broadcasting and Union of National Radio and Television Organisation of Africa, formed in 2007 to develop all facets of broadcasting on the continent.“The AUB has shown considerable strengths in uniting broadcasters under one umbrella to ensure that all sub-Saharan Africans will be able to have access to the radio and TV coverage of and around the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” said Fifa president Sepp Blatter.“We always promised that 2010 would be an African World Cup, and with today’s cooperation agreement we have made a big step towards achieving this goal.”An African production centre will be established at the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Johannesburg during the 2010 event to ensure high-quality coverage for African viewers.The IBC, the communication nucleus of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is under construction at the Nasrec Exhibition Centre in the south of Johannesburg. Nasrec is one of the oldest and largest exhibition centres in Johannesburg. More than R120-million (US$12-million) is being spent on the upgrading and installations that will be required by the 15 000 media personnel and commentators who will descend on the city for six weeks during June and July 2010.Johannesburg is already the primary broadcasting hub for international and local television and radio, as well as home to almost 60% of all information, communication and technology businesses in South Africa.“For us at AUB the deal was a dream come true for it accords with the goals of our Union for sustainability and will facilitate the achievement of one of the goals we adopted as legacies for Africa from the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa, namely capacity development of broadcasting in Africa,” said Lawrence Atiase, CEO of the AUB.“We are fully committed to playing our part and we thank Fifa for placing their trust in the AUB’s ability to deliver.”The move is also being welcomed by several African countries who cannot afford to pay the high prices for broadcast rights of such tournaments. Kenya, for example, who has in the past broadcast live tournaments like the African Cup of Nations and the Olympic Games to the Kenyan public, did so at considerable costs.“We welcome this move by Fifa,” says Kenya Broadcasting Corporation managing director David Waweru. “It will be easier to negotiate with AUB, who will sell at more affordable and realistic fees than third parties. We are now sure we, as the national broadcaster, will bring the 2010 World Cup to Kenyans.”The previous Fifa World Cup, held in Germany 2006, was the most extensive in the tournament’s history. Compared to the 2002 tournament, which was covered by 232 channels worldwide, the 2006 event was broadcast by 376 channels reaching 24.2-billion viewers globally.According to the Fifa website, the 2006 event was aired in a total 43 600 broadcasts across 214 countries generating total coverage of 73 072 hours. This means that if all the 2006 coverage were shown on just one channel, it would take over eight years to broadcast non-stop.Host of the next Fifa World Cup, South Africa, enjoyed more 2006 Fifa World Cup Germany coverage than any other African market, with the cable network, SuperSport, showing a total of 1 627 hours of coverage on its five channels.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at articlesMeet Zakumi, the 2010 mascot Fifa World Cup host cities 2010 media hub at Nasrec Useful linksFifaAfrican Union of Broadcastinglast_img read more

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Augmented Reality#news#NYT#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… The company behind the much-hyped Layar Augmented Reality browser has decided to withdraw its iPhone app from the iTunes App Store due to repeated crashes reported by users. Layar had been the most eagerly anticipated entrant yet into the field of AR, a class of technologies that place data from the web on top of a camera view of the physical world. AR has been big this year, from Layar’s hyped launch to Yelp’s sneaking the first AR app into the iTunes store to Lonely Planet and even McDonalds announcing their own AR apps this week.The field has been plagued with technical difficulties and disappointments so far, though. Layar wrote today on its blog that it doesn’t know exactly where the problem with its app is but that it’s a memory management issue that’s been present since the app was built. Resolution will take weeks, not days, the company says.Layar remains available and robust in its Android version. Its primary competitor is probably Wikitude. Of course there are countless AR apps that are available on the iPhone, Android, webcam and other platforms – but Layar has been the most publicly visible AR app yet. It symbolizes the popular vision for AR, which in reality often feels more clunky than demo videos suggest. People who believe the leading examples of AR apps are heavy on hype and light on engineering have another data point now.The current crop of Augmented Reality apps – high-profile map overlays for smartphones like the iPhone – are criticized as lightweight and overhyped by many AR pros that have been working on more heavy-duty applications intended for more technical use. Many of those critics haven’t shipped products, though, and Layar has done more than all but a few other companies to extend public awareness of the Augmented Reality concept.Blake Callens, an AR software engineer at the company that created the Webcam Social Shopper, has been very critical of the crop of consumer smartphone AR apps popping up. He’s called them “innacurate mobile browsers and web based eye candy”. Callens’ comments aren’t directly aimed at Layar, but Layar does symbolize the most visible part of the AR market for many people.“Seriously, hand me a 3D model and I can literally throw it in AR in 5 minutes. It’s hardly a ‘stunning’ example at all,” Callens writes “And yet, at least once a week, I see someone else pimping their new, ‘totally awesome’ AR app that’s nothing more than a 3D model dancing around.”We like Layar, but as the most high-profile AR app on the market, it doesn’t reflect well on the state of the industry for the company to have to pull its app from iTunes.center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

first_imgAfter 25 years of consecutive run, the BJP on Thursday lost the Panaji Assembly constituency to Congress’s Atanasio Monserrate by 1,758 votes. The seat was represented by the late Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for a maximum of the period since 1994.While Mr. Monserrate polled 8,748 votes, the BJP candidate polled 6,990 votes. AAP’s Valmiki Naik and Subhash Velingkar of the Goa Suraksha Manch polled 236 and 516 votes, respectively. “This is a victory of the Congress party and a vote for the development of the State capital, which it was deprived of, for the last so many years,” Mr. Monserrate said after the result was announced. The bypoll in Panaji Assembly constituency was held following the death of MLA and Chief Minister Parrikar on March 17 following a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Parrikar had first won in Panaji in 1994 and retained it until 2014 when he was inducted in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet. In his absence, the seat was represented twice by his aide Mr. Kuncalienkar. On his return to State politics in 2017, Manohar Parrikar was once again elected as Panaji MLA in a bypoll held following his taking over as Chief Minister of BJP-led coalition government. The BJP’s campaign had received a setback after party workers resented the manner in which the late Parrikar’s elder son Utpal was snubbed by the party’s State leadership in his bid for the ticket for the Panaji bypoll. In his FB post on Thursday, Utpal Parrikar said that the loss of Panaji seat was very painful.“Having said that, I am only reminded of words uttered by our late leader Atalji when BJP was reduced to two seats in Lok Sabha. “Darkness will be dispelled, Sun will rise and Lotus will bloom”. In democracy, collective wisdom always lies with the people. Hard work is needed to win back people’s trust,” said Mr.Utpal.last_img read more

first_imgFacebookA few days back, a seemingly shattered Asha Sharath appeared on her Facebook page and revealed that her husband had gone missing. In the video, the actress requested the general public to help her, so that she can find her lost husband.The actress also urged social media users to contact Kattappana police station if they find any clues about her husband’s whereabouts.The video soon went viral, and it racked up more than one million views within a few hours. Most of the social media users who saw the video assured Asha that they will do their best to find her missing husband.However, it was revealed later that Asha fabricated the video to promote her new Mollywood movie ‘Evide’, that features the story of a middle-aged woman who is in search of her lost husband.As the reality started unfolding, Asha Sharath started receiving widespread criticism from social media users, with many people arguing that the actress has misused a platform like Facebook for her personal gain. People also alleged that such acts will negatively affect the credibility of genuine videos which people upload on Facebook and Twitter.As criticisms started pouring in, Asha Sarath changed the title of the video to ‘Evide promotion video’. However, social media users are not convinced, and they are now urging the general public to boycott the movie.In the meantime, a lawyer from Kerala has apparently filed a police complaint against Asha Sharath for uploading misleading videos on social media platforms.This is not the first time that such a sensitive marketing strategy is being used in Malayalam cinema. In 1990, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was still in school, an advertisement appeared in many Malayalam newspapers about a girl who lost her memory following a road accident.A telephone number was also given along with this advertisement, and people who called to that number later realized that it was part of the marketing strategy for ‘Innale’, starring Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, and Shobhana in the lead roles.last_img read more

first_img Share SAN ANTONIO POLICE DEPARTMENTDetective Benjamin Marconi served 20 years with the San Antonio Police Department.About 2,000 police officers will be in San Antonio this morning to bid farewell to police Detective Benjamin Marconi.  Marconi, 50, was gunned down eight days ago while sitting in his patrol car, writing a traffic ticket. LISTEN: Story airing on Texas Public RadioAt 10 a.m. a sea of squad cars and blue uniforms from around the country will accompany Detective Marconi’s hearse along a private processional route from a downtown funeral home to Community Bible Church near  North Loop 1604.Police expect traffic to be heavy from 9 a.m. until 11a.m. along the route from McCullough to I-35 North, 281 North, Eastbound Loop 1604, to Gold Canyon and the church property. The funeral service at 11 a.m. will be live streamed on the church website. San Antonio Police Association President Mike Helle says after that officers will stand at attention outside the church. “They will play taps.  They will then do the 21-gun salute.  You’ll probably see two or three helicopters do an aerial flyover.”Helle says police radios will then crackle as Police Chief William McManus performs a solemn ritual.“The Chief of Police will get on our agency’s radio and broadcast on every single channel that they are officially retiring Detective Marconi’s badge number for all eternity for our police department.”Helle says men and women who wear the uniform routinely travel hundreds of miles to attend the funerals of other officers who’ve died in the line of duty because they understand the emotional and physical toll that comes from doing the job. “It’s just that level of respect from coast to coast and it’s just a beautiful thing to see.”Copyright 2016 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM.last_img read more