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Survey shows a proportionately high level of emigration from Donegal

first_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – September 17, 2015 Pinterest Twitter Google+ A new survey has revealed that Donegal people are more likely to apply for a visa to emigrate.The study conducted by www.visafirst.com shows that applications from Donegal are eighty per cent higher than other counties when the populations are compared.Applications from more suburban areas such as Dublin have decreased dramatically compared to last year.The survey also shows that those applying for visas in the county are primarily people involved in construction & building.Manager with www.visafirst.com Edwina Shanahan says the figures are surprising considering we are meant to be in an economic recovery……………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/edwinavisa.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Pinterest Previous articleFurlong credited with goal v Finn HarpsNext articlePSNI free two people detained in relation to O’Hara funeral admin WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Survey shows a proportionately high level of emigration from Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Homepage BannerNews Facebooklast_img read more

Modeling the wave power distribution and characterisitics of plamaspheric hiss

first_imgWe simulate the spatial and spectral distributions of plasmaspheric hiss using a technique that involves extensive ray tracing. The rays are injected in the equatorial chorus source region outside the plasmasphere, are power weighted as a function of L-shell, frequency, and wave normal angle, so as to represent the chorus source distribution, and are propagated throughout the simulation domain until the power in each ray is effectivelyextinguished due to Landau damping. By setting up a large number of virtual observatories, the rays passing each observation location are counted, and a distribution isconstructed. Our simulated plasmaspheric hiss spectrum reproduces the main observed features, including the lower and upper frequency cutoffs, the behavior of the bandwidth as a function of L-shell, the spatial extent, and even the two-zone structure of hiss, although the intensity is lower than observed. The wave normal distribution shows that at high latitudes, the wave normals are predominantly oblique, but near the equator, the wave normal distribution can be either predominantly field-aligned (lower L shells), or bebimodal, having a maximum in the field-aligned direction, and another maximum at very oblique angles, comprised of those rays that have broken out of their cyclical trajectories. This distribution of wave normals seems to reconcile the apparently contradictory observations that have been reported previously.last_img read more

Former VPR chief Vogelzang to lead Maine Public Broadcasting

first_imgVermont Public Radio,The former president of Vermont Public Radio has been hired to lead the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. The Board of Directors of the MPBN announced Tuesday that it had chosen Mark Vogelzang as its new President and CEO. Vogelzang will be in charge of both public radio and television. In Vermont, public television is a separate entity.Vogelzang, 56, is a veteran of public broadcasting, having served most recently as station manager at WBFO-FM, Buffalo’s NPR member station, where he helped facilitate a merger to be completed in 2012 between WBFO and WNED in western New York.Vogelzang was also president of Vermont Public Radio (VPR) for 16 years, from 1993 to 2009, where he helped the organization complete a $10 million endowment campaign and created two regional networks – one that carries news, information and cultural programming and another devoted to classical music and the arts. He was elected to NPR’s Board of Directors for seven years (2001-2008), and served as the Executive Director (Interim) of the NPR Foundation for most of 2009, overseeing the foundation’s entire fundraising operation.Like its Maine counterpart at MPBN, VPR is a statewide network in a largely rural state with a relatively small population, and the similarities in the challenges faced by each played a key role in his selection, according to MPBN Board Chair Henry “Hank” Schmelzer.”Mark’s long tenure as the leader of a statewide public media network in northern New England with a roughly equal number of stations, individual donors and corporate supporters,” said Schmelzer, “combined with his deep knowledge of non-profit fundraising, makes him the ideal candidate to lead MPBN into the future.”When he takes over as the head of MPBN in January, Vogelzang will replace Jim Dowe, who has been MPBN’s President and CEO since April 2006 and who last spring announced his plans to retire at the end of this year.Prior to leading VPR, Vogelzang worked as Program Director and Radio Manager at WHYY in Philadelphia, helping Terry Gross with the national launch of “Fresh Air” and assisting colleagues with national television productions, and led a major format change in Philadelphia public radio in the early 90’s.Vogelzang received his BA degree from Dordt College in Iowa, where he also began his public radio career at the campus radio station. He and his wife Rhonda have 5 adult children and 5 grandchildren.  Maine Public Broadcasting NetworkThe Maine Public Broadcasting Network was formed in 1992 through the merger of the educational radio and television stations provided by the University of Maine System and WCBB public television operated by Colby,Bates and Bowdoin Colleges. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network is an independently owned and operated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with office and studio locations in Bangor, Lewiston and Portland, Maine. MPBN operates seven radio and five TV stations. (Lewiston, Maine) MPBN 11.29.2011last_img read more

Tinker FCU helps bust car loan fraud scheme

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Oklahoma’s largest credit union helped police bust an auto loan fraud scheme that involved 22 people.Employees responsible for due diligence on loan applications at the $3.7 billion Tinker Federal Credit Union in Oklahoma City, initially detected that several people allegedly applied for car loans with fraudulent information from April 2016 to September 2016.Tinker FCU handed over its information to the Tulsa Police Department, which investigated the bogus car loan applications and began arresting 22 suspects last week.Barry Paul Wright Jr., who was one of the co-defendants listed in court documents, reportedly walked into a Tinker FCU branch April 2016 and used fake documents to get a $20,000 auto loan approved to buy a Mercedes Benz. Since then, 21 other people got involved in the fraud as well, according to local media reports.last_img

Arsenal and Man Utd transfer target Samuel Umtiti lacks X-factor, claims Mikael Silvestre

first_imgSamuel Umtiti has also been linked with a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)United confirmed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor on Thursday and Silvestre believes his former teammate is the right man for the job.‘I think it was the only decision the club could have made, everyone had an idea it was coming,’ Silvestre added.‘He’s made a real impact on the team, 32 points out of 39 in the Premier League and 14 wins out of 19 games is a great record so it wasn’t really a surprise decision.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsMore: FootballChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Comment Advertisement Advertisement Samuel Umtiti was an integral part of France’s World Cup winning side (Picture: Getty)Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre claims Samuel Umtiti lacks the X-factor required to play for the Old Trafford club.The 25-year-old was an integral part of France’s World Cup winning squad last summer and until recently an automatic choice at the heart of Barcelona’s defence.Umtiti signed a new long-term contract back in June but has struggled with injuries this season and fallen behind compatriot Clement Lenglet in Ernesto Valverde’s pecking order.The former Lyon star has previously been linked with a move to United and last week emerged as a target for Arsenal, another of Silvestre’s old clubs.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Man United will always look to sign players with the X-factor, but I don’t see Samuel Umtiti as necessarily a Manchester United player,’ he told us-bookies.com.‘I think Eric Bailly has all the qualities Man United need in defence but United will always target the best, so who knows who might come in and they will always look to strengthen the squad.‘For me the focus would be the midfield.’ Arsenal and Man Utd transfer target Samuel Umtiti lacks X-factor, claims Mikael Silvestre Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 30 Mar 2019 12:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

Andre Roberson injury update: Thunder wing (knee) appears unlikely to play this season

first_imgDonovan, however, said no official decision has been made about Roberson’s status for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.“Obviously with him not being in practices and being able to do the stuff that we’re doing every day, it’s obviously moving in that direction (of Roberson not returning),” Donovan said.Roberson, one of the NBA’s best perimeter defenders, began participating in shooting drills in late February. He averaged five points and 4.7 rebounds in 39 games in 2017-18. Andre Roberson appears like he won’t be taking the court this season.The 27-year-old Thunder guard has not played since he ruptured his left patellar tendon in January 2018. Roberson required an additional procedure before the season and suffered another setback during the rehab process in late November. JaVale McGee thinks he ‘proved something this season’ with Lakers Russell Westbrook clinches third straight triple-double seasoncenter_img Thunder coach Billy Donovan told reporters this week there’s still no timetable for Roberson’s return.”I always hate throwing things out there that could potentially clarify something to be, ‘That’s it,’ but he’s not even doing anything in practice,” Donovan said, via The Oklahoman. “He is running. I’ve got nothing medically from anybody that says, ‘Hey listen this guy is nearing or approaching being able to play.'” Related News Andre Roberson got some shots up after shootaround today. pic.twitter.com/GAEb49FN3E— Maddie Lee (@maddie_m_lee) February 26, 2019Roberson has spent his entire career in Oklahoma City. He signed a three-year, $30 million extension with the team in July 2017.The Thunder have three games remaining before the playoffs begin next week. They enter play Saturday in seventh place of the Western Conference standings.last_img read more

Evolution Is Not a Designer

first_imgFrom Richard Dawkins to new prizewinning engineers, scientists get natural selection all wrong.Artificial selection is not natural selection. They are, in fact, opposites. True, Charles Darwin leaped from artificial to natural selection, but the former has purposeful goals, while the latter has none. It is the very mindlessness of natural selection that is its key characteristic. Adaptations, whatever form they take, are accidental; they are unintended. For this reason, the following are oxymorons:Evolutionary designEvolutionary engineeringDirected evolutionThese terms, if they mean anything, are synonyms for artificial selection, not natural selection. In fact, Darwin wrestled with his term natural selection because it seemed to personify what he considered an aimless, blind process. Yet scientists and reporters continue to confuse the two. Here are recent examples.Evolutionary DesignerThe BBC News proudly announced that  “US engineer Frances Arnold has won the Millennium Technology Prize for pioneering ‘directed evolution’.” What she did was randomize stretches of DNA, seeking to identify new functional enzymes. She knows she was doing artificial selection (a form of intelligent design), because she compared it to breeding: it’s “pretty much like we’ve done for cats, dogs, cows, chickens, you name it.” Her “directed evolution” could not be further from natural selection conceptually, but the article completely blurs the two:By driving a sped-up version of natural selection in the lab, the method has created new enzymes for industrial catalysts, household detergents, and even to make rocket fuel from sugar….“Evolution, to me, is the best designer of all time. And I figured out that this should be the algorithm for forward design, for making new biological code that is useful to humans,” Prof Arnold said….With her engineering background, Prof Arnold wanted to make new, useful, problem-solving proteins. So she took her cue from the way nature does the same thing.“I looked at it and said, well, nature didn’t actually design enzymes… How does this happen? You make mutations randomly, you look through a large number of things for the ones that have the properties you’re interested in, then you repeat the process.Natural selection is so misleading a term, Darwin later chose “survival of the fittest” as closer to what he meant. Some evolutionists picture the environment as a selector. Others view survival as a selector. These are both logical fallacies. Neither the environment or survival can select, because neither has foresight, mind, or goals. Whatever happens, nobody cares. Norman Macbeth wrote in 1971, “A process that operates invisibly, with an intensity that cannot be observed and with no ability to explain specific problems, an impersonal process that is continually given personal qualities—this sets my teeth on edge” (Darwin Retried: An Appeal to Reason, p. 46).Selfish GenesRichard Dawkins personified evolution famously with his “selfish gene” concept 40 years ago. Has he grown wiser since then? Apparently not; the BBC News interviewed him, and he’s still clinging to that and his other famous personification, “the blind watchmaker.” Jonathan Webb titles his article, “The gene’s still selfish: Dawkins’ famous idea turns 40.” Does Dawkins clarify these personifications and render them in purely materialistic terms?“If you ask what is this adaptation good for, why does the animal do this – have a red crest, or whatever it is – the answer is always, for the good of the genes that made it. That is the central message of the Selfish Gene and that remains true, and reinforced.”Jonathan Webb never contradicts these misleading statements. He joins in the fun of watching intelligently-designed software tools guiding random changes toward higher goals according to rules chosen by the programmer. Like Darwin long ago, Webb and Dawkins leap from artificial to natural selection, as if the two are one and the same running at different rates (natural selection being slower). But so-called “evolutionary computing” or “evolutionary algorithms” are not evolutionary in the Darwinian sense. The designer pulls good things out of randomness, recognizing what is desirable and what is not.From there, Webb lets Dawkins speak his mind about his pet peeve: religion. Neither of them were of a mind to upset their fun by letting a qualified Darwin skeptic in the room.This is what we’re up against, folks; the leading advocates of a materialistic worldview who don’t even understand their own theory. Read the quotes again at the end of “Time to Ditch Natural Selection?” (10/03/15). A few notable thinkers have realized the illogic of natural selection, blind watchmakers, and selfish genes.We all know what the human mind can achieve with breeding. Even if there is some random variation thrown in, the chief difference is the direction toward a goal supervised by the breeder’s intelligence. Intelligent designers can pull good things out of randomness because they know what they want and how to get it.No such direction is provided by so-called “natural selection”—one of the most misleading phrases ever concocted. The environment doesn’t select; it couldn’t care less what happens. It changes randomly as much as mutations are random. Natural laws don’t select; they produce the same outcomes, not a propensity toward building brains, wings, and eyes. Mutations don’t select, obviously. Everything is blind; everything is chance! Darwin’s theory is a dressed-up version of the Stuff Happens Law: the antithesis of science.So here we have the fulcrum of secular materialistic civilization resting on nothing but the shifting sands of chance. And yet evolutionists position themselves as the champions of logic, spitting on the “people of faith” far beneath them. Did humanity ever get things so backward, calling good evil, and evil good?Yes; twice: in the garden, and at the cross. (Visited 152 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Assess winter wheat before harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The spring of 2017 has created many challenges for winter wheat growers. As wheat harvest begins across the eastern Corn Belt, producers should keep an eye out for potential problems that may cause yield loss and impact grain quality. Growers have observed the development of diseases such as powdery mildew and Fusarium head blight (scab).Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus has also been present in some fields, a result of feeding by aphids carrying the virus. Due to warmer-than-normal weather in late winter/early spring, wheat development has been two to three weeks ahead of normal and growers should expect an early harvest. In areas where head blight has developed, growers should adjust combines properly clean out lighter grains impacted by scab.According to this University of Missouri article, research performed by the Ohio State University showed that adjust fan speeds between 1,375 and 1,475 rpm and shutter opening to 3.5 inches resulted in the lowest discounts at elevators due to low test weight, damaged kernels, and mycotoxin levels in grain. Extreme cold weather in March caused freeze damage to wheat heads, which has resulted in blank heads and could significantly impact yields. Wheat producers should walk fields prior to harvest to determine if head scab and/or freeze damage has impacted their wheat and to assess the extent of the damage.last_img read more

Microsoft Releases iPhone to Windows Phone App Migration Tool

first_imgMicrosoft announced today via its Windows Phone Developer Blog the release of a new tool designed to help developers migrate iPhone applications to the Windows Phone 7 platform. While Microsoft reminds developers that there’s “no magic wand that will do the work for you,” the new iPhone/iOS to Windows Phone 7 API mapping tool will make the process far less painful.The API mapping tool is available at http://windowsphone.interoperabilitybridges.com, alongside a 90+ page white paper called “Windows Phone 7 Guide for iPhone Applications Developers.” The site also features videos of “developer stories” and a compilation of other resources developers need to get started.Specifically, the API mapping tool functions something like a dictionary, says Microsoft, allowing developers to pick out their iOS API calls then look up the equivalent classes, methods and notification events in WP7. Developers can search a given iOS API call and find the equivalent WP7 along with C# sample codes and API documentations for both platforms, explains Microsoft’s JC Cimetiere in the blog post.These code samples let developers migrate “short blobs” of iOS code to the equivalent C# code.To start, there are three popular categories of iOS APIs that can be mapped with the tool: Network/Internet, User Interface and Data Management. There cannot be a mapping of all APIs, though, because the platforms are different architectures and have different UIs. However, Microsoft promises more APIs will be mapped soon.Microsoft also says similar tools for Android are on their way, too. Tags:#apps#How To#Microsoft#mobile The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

“Side Hustle” Jobs for Military Spouses: Part 1

first_imgBy Carol Church It can be tough for military spouses to maintain an active and productive career. As inventive, determined, and hard-working as these wives and husbands are, they face some roadblocks, including:Wary employers. Though it shouldn’t be a factor, some people shy away from hiring someone they perceive as a “short-timer.”Isolated locations. Sometimes spouses may be living in “the middle of nowhere,” with few good opportunities within commuting range.Additional family and child care responsibilities. When a spouse is deployed, every home, pet, or parenting emergency tends to land on the spouse at home. Jobs with long or strict hours may not work.Variable job markets, licensing requirements, or work landscapes. After a move, it may be the case that old skills don’t apply, can’t be transferred, or require more training, testing, or investment.Emotional stress from deployment. If the spouse’s job is mentally, physically, or emotionally demanding, combining this with deployment stress may just feel like too much.Taken together, these challenges can be enough to make it hard or even impossible to find a full-time, salaried position. It’s also true that many military spouses don’t want to work full-time, particularly when raising children.However, there may still be a need and desire to make some money, get out of the house, or experience the other benefits working can bring. This is where the creative “side hustle” can shine.Photospin/Monkey Business ImagesWhat is a Side Hustle?While there are a lot of ways to define this and many possible opportunities, we’re thinking of a side hustle as a job or money-making venture that is not your typical long-term, daily, paid position. For some, it may be an additional money-maker on top of other work; for others, it will be their only job. Side jobs could include starting an independent business, offering services or goods through an established marketplace (such as Etsy or DogVacay, among many others), short-term part-time gigs (such as assisting with catering at events), selling items, and many other possibilities.Why Try It?The right side hustle can help a military spouse bring in extra money while also working well with the military lifestyle. This type of work is often:Flexible. They may be able to set their own hours, work only when desired, or work unconventional hours.Location independent. Depending on the type of work, they may be able to bring the job with them anywhere.Rewarding. Many who start a side hustle choose something they feel especially excited about or interested in. Though not every project will be a success, the side hustle can be a great way to do what you loveSelf expanding. A good side hustle can diversify a resume and build new skills.Why It May Not be the Right ChoiceHowever, “side hustling” isn’t for everyone, and starting a business, especially, is not as simple as some would like you to think. Here are some cons military spouses should keep in mind:No benefits or retirement pay: Very few of these positions will provide medical benefits, paid time off, or retirement. While the military offers many benefits, the loss of these perks is still significant.Risk: Business involves risk, and often, upfront capital as well. If the venture fails, they may be out money.Overwork and underpay: It can be very easy to undervalue one’s time, especially when personally invested in a project and working for oneself. And burnout is real.Variable income: As any freelancer can tell you, working for yourself is often a “feast or famine” situation. Some families need a reliable check every two weeks.Difficult clients or customers: When you work for yourself (and sometimes even if you don’t), you may encounter strange, demanding, or difficult clients or customers. Some of them may give you poor reviews or refuse to pay you.In our next installment, we’ll go over finding the right side job, and do’s and don’ts for success.last_img read more