Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_imgTHE LATE COLEMAN KERRThe death occurred last Friday of Coleman Kerr, a much-loved member of the Aodh Ruadh GAA club in Ballyshannon.He was laid to rest on Sunday after Requiem Mass at St Patrick’s Church.The following wonderful tribute on the club’s website was sent to today. Here we share it with you: “Clubs are more than pitches and teams. A club is a community, it survives and prospers through the commitment of people. Aodh Ruadh has been fortunate to have the dedicated service of many. Last Thursday the club lost one of its most committed, dedicated and popular servants.Colman was a Portsalon man and proud of it, he played for Fanad Gaels, captaining them to a junior championship title against MacCumhaill’s 1985. In his time he also played soccer with Kerrykeel. Work took him to Ballyshannon with ESB Salmara in 1992 and, latterly, ESB Fisheries.Portsalon’s loss was Ballyshannon’s gain. Never the hurler on the ditch, Colman committed himself to the town with what was to prove characteristic dedication. He was very active in Aodh Ruadh. Colman was one of the big men of the club both in physique and persona. He played reserve and third team football, winning division four titles in 2007 and 2008 and a Junior B title in 2004, in fact he was also a selector on the championship winning team and for a number of years thereafter. Hardy and robust, he had startling skill for a tall man. Gifted with a great fetch and an eye for the dixie he was too much to handle for many a ruffled defence. As his friends and comrades gathered at his wake he was particularly remembered for his performance in the 2004 semi-final. Kilcar were tough opposition, but Colman simply blew them away with a reel of points from his cultured left boot, each one more sumptuous than the next.He was under no illusions about his talents either. He had a big voice to match his big personality and often during a match he could be seen standing with the arms spread wide apart roaring at his defence to, “Let the ball in,” when he knew he had the roasting of his man. Latterly we would hear his distinctive voice booming across the park, encouraging players. If ever he took issue with an official it was always with humour, malice was alien to Colman. Indeed it was one of the distinctive things about Colman that any new face that came about the club was immediately took under the wing and firmly embraced into the Aodh Ruadh fold.Nevertheless even Colman’s powers of diplomacy were hard tried when he found himself in a tricky spot in 2010. Fate saw Aodh Ruadh meet Fanad Gaels in a division two relegation play-off. Unsurprisingly he revelled in the banter, mixing with both teams, joking, chatting, recalling past games and players. He solved the problem of his divided loyalties by wearing a Fanad Gaels shirt, topped by an Aodh Ruadh jacket.A sporting ecumenist his Fanad soccer heritage served him well in his outings with Erne Wanderers. More recently he became heavily involved with the Marlins Swimming Club, and even found time to cast the odd line or two. Beyond the sporting sphere he was part of a progressive Rockfield School Board.A natural leader it wasn’t long before he was the other side of the chalk for Aodh Ruadh, taking underage teams. The under 10s, 12s and 14s, often featuring his son, Oisín, benefited from his guidance. More recently the ladies were the focus of his coaching efforts, especially the under 16 girls, a highly promising team which his daughter, Cliodhna, is a key part of.Colman could always be relied on to pitch in whenever hands were needed to the pump at a fund-raiser. He was a regular feature at the annual Ladies Duck Race. As a keen quizzer he made a bravura appearance at the club’s Who Wants To Be A Thousandaire, bagging €500, and he seldom missed the Thursday quiz in Owen Roe’s, especially when Aodh Ruadh were the beneficiary. How many hours must he have put in at the Aodh Ruadh lotto table in the Saimer Court of a Saturday? Bank Holiday Monday, the day after he had been in Croke Park to see Donegal defeat Kerry, Colman was on the bridge in Ballyshannon with a bucket collecting for the senior Donegal Ladies. Working for the wider community to the very end. When the end did come it was swift and cruelly unheralded. Due to help take a training session with the under 16 girls team, he failed to turn up. His daughter Cliodhna, like the rest of the team, waited for Colman to arrive, but he never did. The gentle giant was being sped to his eternal and richly earned reward.As the news of his tragic passing spread across the area, it was greeted with disbelief and shock. It seemed as if this rock of a man had met practically everyone in the last week of his life, in Croke Park with his family at the All-Ireland quarter-final, in town afterwards, at the park or saluting his many friends going about his business. Few could believe what they were hearing, and, in truth, many of us still struggle to believe it is real. Perhaps, it will only be in the coming months when we reach out for that helping hand that Colman would have so willingly offered, only to realise that it is no longer there, that the loss will finally hit home. We will all be remembering Colman in quiet moments for a long time to come. And there will be tribute in that.And yet Aodh Ruadh’s loss, stands as insignificant against that of the Kerr family. Colman’s loving wife Deirdre, children Cliodhna and Oisín, the Donagher clan who welcomed him as one of their own, his mother, Susan and his brother and sisters in Portsalon. We can only keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this time as they try to come to terms with this grievous and incomprehensible loss.As Colman was laid to rest, his remains were accompanied by honour guards from Aodh Ruadh CLG, Fanad Gaels CLG, Kerrykeel Soccer Club, Marlins Swimming Club and ESB. The last to honour guard for Colman was his under 16 ladies squad, who guided him to the church, a church crammed to overflowing with family, relations, work mates and friends. Close to 1,000 attended his funeral mass, a mark of the profound and positive impact Colman made on so many lives. His time with us enriched us all and we will all be the poorer for his passing at a time when he had so much yet to give.The club extends their sincerest sympathy to Colman’s family and friends. We will all miss this great hearted man.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.CLUBS ARE MORE THAN PITCHES AND TEAMS – HEARTFELT TRIBUTE TO A DONEGAL GAA GREAT was last modified: August 13th, 2012 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:Aodh Ruadh CLGCLUBS ARE MORE THAN PITCHES AND TEAMS – HEARTFELT TRIBUTE TO A DONEGAL GAA GREATFanad Gaels CLGKerrykeel Soccer ClubMarlins Swimming Club and ESBlast_img read more


Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgThe old Ritz Cinema in Ballybofey is under threat.Plans to flatten one of Donegal’s most iconic buildings has met with much anger from the local community.The local Butt Hall Committee (BHC), which owns the art deco Ritz Cinema in Ballybofey, has just lodged an application with Donegal County Council which was published this week.The BHC says it intends to apply for planning permission to flatten the building and shed at the rear as well as the removal of all material to clear the site.For decades the old Ritz Cinema has been a landmark building in the Twin Towns and is understood to have been build around 1945 which would make it 70 years old this year. The proposal has sparked outrage locally and fears that not only would an important piece of local history be removed forever but that any work done to it could be an eyesore and have health and safety ramifications.Fears have also been expressed that because the roof of the building is understood to contain asbestos, it could cost upwards of €40,000 to remove this before it was demolished could take place and local residents and businesses say this would be unacceptable.The building itself has been the focus on much debate on the ‘People, Places and Memories of the Twin Towns’ Facebook page. This community platform, which has a membership of almost one thousand people, has campaigned for something to be done about the structure for a long time.Indeed over the years this building has been the subject of much debate. It was once proposed by the now defunct Twin Towns Community Platform that it be used as a facility to accommodate local community groups but this idea was rejected by the BHC.It also some used by the Ballybofey-Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce as a tourist office for a number of years. Located opposite McElhinney’s Department Store and the town’s main car park, this landmark property was the home of the old Balor Theatre between 1982 the new €6.2 million Balor Arts Centre opened in 2008.The building was put on the market previous and offered a major re-development opportunity in the heart of town. It was described as ‘totally freestanding with pedestrian and vehicle access all around it’.The then promoters added: ‘This is an opportunity to own a piece of town history and offers purchasers the option to renovate the existing building or re-develop the site’.The building itself has approximately 45 ft of street frontage and occupies a site measuring approximately 0.25 acres. Back at that stage it was described as having ‘full planning permission’ to build a mixed use three storey building on the site.The controversial planning application can be inspected or purchased at council headquarters in Lifford. A submission or observation in relation to the application can be made in writing to the council on payment of a €20 fee within five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the council of the application.These submissions or observations will be considered by the planners in making any decision on the application. However, the council may grant permission subject to or without conditions. They also have the power to refuse to grant the permission.It is understood that local politicians will be asked to raise the issue at county council level at the first opportunity with a view to examioning the possibility of the local authority playing a role in preserving this structure.ANGER AT PLANS TO DEMOLISH ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST ICONIC BUILDINGS was last modified: October 16th, 2015 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:BalybofeydemolishdonegalRitz Cinemalast_img read more

Draymond Green on Warriors’ 0-2 start: ‘I’ve got to do better’

Posted On Dec 20 2019 by

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY — From high school to the NBA, Draymond Green has been a part of winning teams at every level. What the 29-year-old Warriors forward is going through now is new to him.The Warriors have started a season 0-2 for the first time since the 2009-10 season, two years before Green’s NBA debut. After five straightFinals appearances, roster turnover has contributed to the early struggles on the court. Green knew building cohesion with nine new teammates would take time, but his patience …last_img

More people visit South Africa over festive season

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img13 January 2016The 2015/16 festive season recorded a 5.3% increase in traveller movement compared to 2014/15, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said in Johannesburg yesterday.“From 1 December 2015 to 7 January 2016 a total number of 5 390 856 travellers went through our borders, much higher than the total earlier reported for 1 December 2015 to 3 January 2016, that is, 4 798 183,” said the minister at a media briefing on 12 January.ArrivalsHe said 1 487 148 of the total were South African citizens, and 3 903 708 were foreign nationals.“There were 2 003 509 arrivals of foreigners and 706 365 arrivals of citizens, bringing total arrivals to 2 709 874,” said the minister. The increase in volumes in terms of arrivals was 7.6% for foreigners and 0.3% for is quite clear that the 2016 peak period had notable increases in traveller movement compared to 2014 and 2015. …— Malusi Gigaba (@mgigaba) January 12, 2016There was also an increase of 4.9% in travellers from Africa, 6.1% from Europe, 7.8% from North America, 15% from Asia, 2.5% from Australasia, 21% from the Middle East, and a decrease of 1% in arrivals from South America.Gigaba said the top nationalities arriving in South Africa over this period were from Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, United Kingdom, Germany, USA and Namibia.DeparturesOf the 2 680 982 departures, foreigners accounted for 1 900 199 and South African citizens numbered 780 783.“I thank all travellers and our citizens for their conduct in this period, in spite of challenges in some areas, including long queues. This is receiving our undivided attention,” Gigaba said.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Kindle Everywhere: Amazon Launches Windows Application

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In designing the app, Amazon clearly had touchscreen and netbook users in mind. All the buttons in the app are large and the left and right edges of the application can be clicked – or tapped – to move between pages. To advance a page, users can also use their cursor keys or mouse wheel. Users of the Windows application can not add notes or highlights to a book right now, though the company plans to add the ability to create notes and highlights in the application in the future. Amazon is also considering to add a search feature, as well as the ability zoom and rotate images. Another feature that is currently missing but that netbook users would likely appreciate is a full-screen mode. Kindle Everywhere Overall, the app is easy to use and works as advertised. The lack of a built-in store and the ability to add notes and highlights is a slight disappointment, though. Sony, Barnes & Noble and others offer desktop e-readers for OSX and Windows with more features. Amazon decided to keep the application as simple as possible. For Amazon, this is an important move, as it gives the company access to a wider market. While Amazon has sold millions of Kindles, the PC market is still far bigger and the popularity of netbooks could also give the app a boost. Reading a book on a PC or laptop is not as comfortable as on a hardware e-reader with an e-ink display, but the free desktop application will allow users to sample e-books and get accustomed to the process before buying an e-reader. The desktop application will also give Amazon a presence on all the big platforms – so while other devices may be more open than the Kindle, this argument against the Kindle becomes less potent as Kindle users can now read their books virtually everywhere anyway. frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Amazon just released a free e-book reader application for Windows PCs. The Kindle for PC application allows Amazon customers to read Kindle books on their Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 machines. A Mac version will follow soon. The application was clearly designed to work on a wide variety of computers and works especially well on netbooks and touchscreen devices. Besides being capable of working with Amazon’s proprietary e-book format, the app can also display e-books in the .mobi file format.Features The application itself is pretty sparse, with just a few buttons for sorting books and switching between downloaded and archived books. Amazon did not integrate the Kindle store into the application, though a prominent link in the app opens up the Kindle store in the browser. This comes as a surprise, given how easy it would be to integrate the store. While reading books, users can adjust the size of the font and bookmark a page. The app can display notes and highlights that were created on a Kindle or in the Kindle for iPhone app. Related Posts Tags:#E-Books#news#web last_img read more

Green Building Tip: Test Your HVAC System

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgEven well-designed mechanical systems can become sources of indoor air quality problems (or can waste energy) if they are incorrectly installed, so it’s important to make sure heating and cooling systems work as designed before the house is occupied. It’s critical to test the systems (including duct work) before anyone moves into the house. That’s almost always cheaper than dealing with the equipment after problems become obvious.This testing — sometimes called “commissioning” — should follow the “TAB” approach: test, adjust, balance.For homes with a forced-air system, it’s essential to check:Air flow at each registerOverall duct system tightnessAir flow over the coilRefrigerant chargeIt’s also essential to check the combustion efficiency of the furnace or boiler burner; to check exhaust fan air flow; and to check ventilation system air flow.—_This GREEN BUILDING TIP is from our Strategy Generator. Build a tip sheet for your green building or remodeling project under the Strategies & Details tab._ Green PointsLEED for Homes: 3 points for minimizing distribution losses in ducts (EA 5).NGBS/ICC-700: 3 points for verifying performance of HVAC equipment (704.5.3).FURTHER RESOURCES#Green Building Encyclopedia:Forced AirAir ConditioningHeat DistributionBlogs:Duct Leakage TestingHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated House How Heat Moves Through HomesIt’s the Little ThingsQ&A Forum:HVAC for Tight Envelope Houseslast_img read more

Are we going from “Artificial Intelligence” to “Augmented Intelligence?”

Posted On Dec 15 2019 by

first_imgFollow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Scott Noteboomcenter_img Artificial Intelligence. I can’t think of a reference to the intellect that would feel more unauthentic and fake. It’s no wonder people turn to The Terminator or The Matrix to fathom what it’s all about. Fortunately, after 60 years of AI rumors fueled by academia and movies, we’re finally starting to see signs that it means more than just robots taking over.Working in the tech industry, it’s ironic that the AI lightbulb clicked not through an understanding of machine learning or engineering — but through the human challenges we face in the technology world.See also: Look at all the amazing things AI can do for lawyersWhile at Yahoo! and Apple, it was amazing to be part of technologies that not only helped enable the modern cloud today but continue to support its more than doubling in performance every year. But on the people side, opening a new data center meant hiring a team with over 100 man-years of various expertise and experience. As these skills became harder and harder to find, we realized that since we couldn’t find more people that had them, we needed to figure out how to get more out of people that didn’t.We’re living in a world where the evolution of technology is exponentially outpacing that of people. AI is now empowering machines with the intelligence to form its own insights and thoughts. What were sensors are now evolving into senses, where machines can acutely comprehend things like sight, sound, and touch.The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling “self-driving” actions to be performed, based on those thoughts and senses. Right in front of our eyes, technology is making the leap from being the inanimate tools of yesterday to serving as our collaborative and conscious AI-powered co-workers of tomorrow. As people, our responsibility is to serve as the manager and mentor of this new form of co-worker.Using comprehensive human-to-machine learning interfaces, all people will have the ability to effectively teach and mentor our new co-workers using one’s own natural human language. Yes, human knowledge will be the foundation of what makes artificial intelligence real. This is why AI will prove to be more useful as an extension of human intelligence, than a substitution for it. It is then that it will no longer be viewed as Artificial Intelligence, but understood as Augmented Intelligence.Enter augmented intelligenceAI is going to augment natural human intelligence and enable people to gain the world’s collective expertise while requiring less time and study than what has been required to become an expert in any one thing today. Traditionally in humans, an expert’s mind possesses fewer possibilities for slower growth, while a beginners mind offers many possibilities for rapid growth.Augmented Intelligence will empower us with the best of both. In doing so, there is no reason to think that our own personal capabilities for intellectual advancement cannot equal or surpass the doubling per year that we see in computers. Yes, we will see the day when the augmented human expert will be able to get 2x smarter, every year.Being a leader of people, I learned long ago that my own success is more defined by the augmented intelligence and capabilities that my team provides than anything I could solely do as an individual. The same will apply to the new performance enhancing co-workers that will augment our intelligence and capabilities. Through today’s eye, this picture of our future may be seen as heresy or a superhuman threat. That said, the same fear occurred in the past when it was suggested that all people could be given the power of reading.Evolution is life. Embrace the future. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top last_img read more

UP: Senior BSP leader Intezar Ahmad Abdi arrested in murder case

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgSenior BSP leader Intezar Ahmad Abdi alias Bobby was on Saturday arrested in connection with the murder of a state government employee, a senior police officer said in Lucknow.Abdi’s name also figured in an arson attack at UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s residence in 2009 and he was arrested in March this year before being released on bail.He was arrested on Saturday evening from Wazirganj area in connection with the murder of Saifer Haider Naqvi, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Lucknow, D K Thakur said.Saifer Haider Naqvi alais Saifi, an employee of the Social Welfare Department, was shot dead by unidentified persons near his house on March 2. Abdi’s name figured in the murder case after shooters arrested by Delhi police on May 18 revealed his involvement.The BSP leader was the chairman of Ganna Sansthan, a post equivalent to that of Minister of State. However, he was removed from the post on Friday.- With PTI inputs For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more