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first_imgMember teams of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) in the 1st and 2nd divisions have up to 6p.m today to show their intent to recommit to Liberia Football Association (LFA).Today’s deadline marked the end of the 60 days’ ultimatum of the football house, urging the member teams divisions to write “Letter of Intent” to the LFA committing to CAF’s Club Licensing System (CLS) for the 2014/2014 League.July 17’s deadline is in consonance with the warning of the LFA to spontaneously drop any team which fails or deliberately refuse to write the LFA.“The LFA would declare the position of any club that doesn’t write and subsequently filled in its space,” LFA boss Musa Bility said on Saturday on local radio.He argued that the compulsory fill-in of spaces in the 1st and 2nd division is to uphold the revised statues of the LFA.Reports say up to press time yesterday, about 12 out of the 26 1st and 2nd division clubs have already sent their letters of intent to LFA, including Invincible Eleven, Barrolle, Watanga FC, Aries, LPRC, NPA, Fatu FC, and Fassell.LFA chief scribe Alphonso Armah said the implementation of the CAF’s CLS is to meet up with CAF/FIFA’s November 30, 2014 deadline.According to Armah, key among the requirements are: Youth team (ages 10-14 years), affidavit of ownership of club, stadium, practice pitch (at least up to three clubs could join), office space, prove of financial capacity to bankroll salaries, coach and a technical director (minimum B Certificate in Coaching).Armah noted that the LFA has agreed to make the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) the stadium for all applied teams and stressed that the requirements cover at least 50% and 30% of CAF/FIFA’s requirements for the 1st and 2nd division teams respectively.“These registration requirements serve as a prelude to the implementation of the LFA Club Licensing System, which compliance is a pre-requisite for participation of LFA 2014/2015 League,” Mr. Armah said.He intoned that FIFA seeks to ensure that clubs participating in any competition fulfill minimum standard requirements and the regulations set forth by FIFA took effect from January 1, 2008.“For CAF, the 2012/13 season was slated as the take-off date but in a recent circular, it granted a grace period and set a new date of November 30, 2014 as the deadline for full compliance,” Mr. Armah said.He noted: “According to the circular, CAF mandated all its national affiliates, including the LFA to confirm in writing by January 30, 2013 that the licensing regulation has been adopted by its congress which we did and subsequently adopted in our statute on January 18, 2014.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMore great pictures from our readers have been coming in.And here’s two more from John Douglas.They were taken looking towards the Blue Stack Mountains last Monday, 2nd May, from Carn, overlooking Ballybofey. Stunning!This is YOUR website, so you can send pictures anytime to info@donegaldaily.com. Whether it’s a news picture, just a great shot like John’s, a family celebration like a confirmation or a wedding, or anything you want. We welcome all contributions.Tell your friends about www.donegaldaily.com and join our 35,000 readers! AFTER THE FIRES: DONEGAL AT DUSK was last modified: May 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Ballybofeylast_img read more

first_imgThe Donegal Dublin Business Network (DDBN) will hold its inaugural annual summer barbeque in the capital early next month.Existing members and anyone interested in joining the network are invited to come along to the Backyard BBQ on the evening of July 5th next. The event takes place at the Donegal-owned Dtwo Hotel on Harcourt Street in Dublin 2 from 6.30pm onwards.Each DDBN Member can bring a guest and places can be reserved by visiting www.ddbn.ie and clicking the upcoming events icon. Tickets are €20 per entrant and payment will be taken at the door. The price includes the BBQ and a drink. Established almost eighteen months ago to encourage Donegal business people based in Dublin to network, refer business and to share contacts with each other, the DDBN has over 230 members and holds gatherings and events on a regular basis.The network is open to people who have an office or business address in the Greater Dublin Area and who are from Donegal or who have strong links to the county.Anyone interested in becoming a member of the DDBN can visit the network’s website at www.ddbn.ie and apply online.DDBN Summer BBQ 5 July 2018 Donegal Dublin Business Network to hold annual Summer BBQ was last modified: June 22nd, 2018 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:BBQbusiness networkdonegaldublinlast_img read more

first_imgFerndale >> St. Bernard’s quarterback TJ Campbell would have been hard pressed to top last week’s 403-yard, seven-touchdown performance against Hoopa Valley — a passing performance most QBs only dream of.But on Saturday, he did just that.Campbell passed for 434 yards and eight touchdowns in a 62-23 Little 3-opening win over the Ferndale Wildcats at Ferndale High School. The 6-foot-1 senior’s eight touchdown passes tie a school record set on Sept. 13, 2014 by current College of the Redwoods …last_img read more

first_imgHardly a week goes by without some scientific finding upsetting an applecart – a long-held belief.  Often, those beliefs are scientific theories taught in textbooks by science professors.  Defenders of science say that this is the way science works.  It’s a self-correcting process, they argue; it’s to be expected that new data will lead to adjustments to theories.  Is that true, or a marketing spin?  How would anyone tell?  Some examples might help.  Here are some recent scientific applecarts that have been upset, according to the news and science journals.Standard candles – Not:  Supernovas are the standard candles astronomers use for measuring vast distances in space.  At first there was one type, then two.  Then astronomers found sub-types within those.  Now, according to Space.com, “Two faint supernovas unlike any star explosions ever seen before may have exploded in the same way, or they may differ, but in either case are breaking down categories that distinguish one type of stellar death from another.”Water from the rock:  Numerous TV documentaries about the history of Planet Earth have shown the oceans coming special delivery from comets.  Now, Science Daily is claiming that a new study using silver isotopes “indicates that water and other key volatiles may have been present in at least some of Earth’s original building blocks, rather than acquired later from comets, as some scientists have suggested.”  But then, that explanation conflicts with dating of Earth’s crust from hafnium and tungsten.  To solve the puzzle, the scientists appealed to a model of planet formation called “heterogeneous accretion,” the article said.  This solution ads whatever hoc is necessary to get the two results together.Insights into speciation, or outsights?  Science Daily reported on work by Jeffrey Feder at U of Notre Dame that contradicts a “prevailing assumption” about speciation.  His work “conflicts with current thinking” and he claims that “past work on the genomics of speciation lacked experimental data” despite being the main subject of Charles Darwin’s book 150 years ago.Back to the Easter Island drawing board:  You know those roads on Easter Island?  They weren’t for transporting the large statues (moai).  They were built for ceremonial purposes, reported PhysOrg.  “The find will create controversy among the many archaeologists who have dedicated years to finding out exactly how the moai were moved, ever since Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl first published his theory in 1958.”  This team accused Heyerdahl of being “so swayed by his cast iron belief that the roads were for transportation – he completely ignored them.”  But then, are we sure about today’s claims?  Dr. Colin Richards said, “The truth of the matter is, we will never know how the statues were moved.”Dinosaur demotion:  A dinosaur got demoted to primitive pre-dinosaur reptile.  According to Science Daily, Azendohsaurus madagaskarensis is not a dinosaur, and never was a dinosaur.  It’s now “a member of Archosauromorpha, a group that includes birds and crocodilians but not lizards, snakes, or turtles.”  They figured this out by analyzing the whole skull, not just the jaws and teeth.    John J. Flynn, curator in the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, commented on the reclassification and reinterpretation of this specimen.  “This is the way science works,” he said.  But in the next breath, he revealed that the new interpretation drew on a theory-rescuing device called convergent evolution – explaining similar features in unrelated lineages by saying they both hit on the same solution independently.  “As we found and analyzed more material, it made us realize that this was a much more primitive animal and the dinosaur-like features were really the product of convergent evolution,” he said.  As if to take the edge off that line, his colleague Andre Wyss added a cheerful note: “In many ways Azendohsaurus ends up being a much more fantastic animal than if it simply represented a generic early dinosaur.”    Behind him, though, was a can of worms the reclassification opened.  Archosaurs were thought to be primarily carnivorous before now.  “Now there are many more cases of herbivorous archosaurs.” Wynn said.  “We are rethinking the evolution of diet and feeding strategies, as well as the broader evolution of the group.”  See also the Science Daily article.Two inflations are better than one:  Inflation theory was invented in the early 1980s to solve some conundrums in cosmology.  Since the idea caught on, it has undergone several transmogrifications.  Now, there is apparently a need for a “second inflation” reported Rachel Courtland in New Scientist.  Some scientists at the University of Heidelberg have brought in a “little inflation” to cover up additional conundrums caused by the first inflation.  The idea has the sound of epic myth, or at least of a whoosh of hand-waving.  Last sentence: “It just shows that the story might not be as simple as we think.”Google lab:  Citizen scientists can perform their own experiment by doing a search on science news sites for the phrases, “than thought” and “than previously thought”.  For instance, PhysOrg reported this week that scientists now believe “The Earth’s mantle flows far more rapidly around a sinking tectonic plate than previously thought, according to new computer modeling by UC Davis geologists.”  (Ditto on Live Science.)  A quick search on the CEH search bar turned up 130 hits on these phrases used over the years.  Variations of the phrase can add to the collection, like this one on Science Daily about genetic secrets that are coming to light and changing views about “genomic dark matter” that “were once thought of as nothing more than ’junk DNA.’”  The phrases suggest the sound of applecarts turning over.Upsetting applecarts is the way science is done, we are told.  Hopefully quite a few of them are getting upset from upside-down or sideways into the right-side-up position.  If the total number of applecarts in the right-side-up position is increasing over time, defenders of scientific progress have a case.  They are clearly right for the instances where practical payoffs are visible to everyone: either a rocket gets to a planet, or it does not; either a signal makes it across the ocean, or it doesn’t.  But for scientific theories with no clear payoff, like theories about stellar life cycles, planet formation, black holes and evolutionary common ancestry, how can anyone tell if scientists are fixing more applecarts than they are turning upside down?  What is the metric to show they are faring better than a randomly-selected population of clever storytellers could do, given each had a fairly good understanding of the data and physical parameters involved?In the early days of the scientific revolution, science was not a profession – it was an avocation.  Many early scientists earned degrees, and some taught in universities, but many did their experimental work as a hobby because they loved nature, they loved truth, and wanted to figure things out (browse our online biographies and see).  Undoubtedly many in the scientific community maintain that idealism, but there are good reasons to doubt it is universal.  The professionalization and institutionalization of science has led to some distasteful consequences: tenure, political groveling for funding, good-old-boys clubs, networking, going along to get along, and more (see lists in the 05/13/2010 and 04/02/2010 commentaries).  What motivation do some career scientists have to “get the world right”?  They’ve got tenure; they’ve got a grant; they’ve got grad students they have to keep busy doing something; they have the respect of their peers.  Like Pilate, they can sneer, “What is truth?”.  That’s of little concern in the humdrum of keeping the status quo going, looking busy, dealing with each year’s batch of students, and pumping out an occasional paper with grad students doing the hard work.  They know the news media will pick up whatever they say as the latest manna from heaven, a breakthrough that sheds light on whatever and brings us Understanding.  You might enjoy browsing through PhD Comics for a humorous inside look at academia.  It’s to the idealism of science what Dilbert is to free enterprise.    Happily, many scientists are noble-minded, motivated, serious-minded people of integrity.  But they are that way in spite of the many distractions that pull them toward mediocrity or business as usual.  Announcing each finding as a revelation that overturns previously-held beliefs plays on the short memories of people.  In the short term, it sounds like scientists are making progress.  It keeps hope alive that science is converging on the truth about the world.  We must not be so na�ve as to think that is necessarily true.  Like our commentaries have said, not all motion is progress; sometimes it is just commotion – in this case, turning applecarts upside down, only to turn other ones right-side up, with no net gain in upright carts, but a lot of spilled apples.    One area where science can contribute to progress is in the collection and refinement of raw data.  Speculation thrives in the absence of data.  Space missions like Cassini, Herschel and MESSENGER, orbiters like Aviris and MLS that refine our measurements of climate, the Human Genome Project and mapping genomes of other organisms, deep sea submarine robot explorations, ever-increasing resolution in microscopy – these at least provide the detail that can constrain speculation.  We sometimes confuse progress in data collection with progress in scientific understanding.  They are not one and the same.  In the recent Titan story (05/16/2010), we saw that Cassini has mapped 22% of Titan’s surface with radar – a fantastic scientific achievement.  It does not necessarily follow that scientists understand how Titan formed or how old it is.  What the data collection does is put some welcome shackles on the imaginations of storytellers.  With fewer applecarts to upset, and more apples in the bag, hopefully there will be less moldy applesauce on the ground.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img5 September 2003The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) this week signed a US$125-million loan agreement with international commercial banks to enable it to meet its funding commitments.The money is meant for general corporate funding requirements, IDC chief financial officer Gert Gouws said.The IDC is a self-financing, government-owned development finance institution which aims to contribute to the economic empowerment of South Africans and the generation of balanced, sustainable economic growth in Africa.The IDC achieves this by providing risk capital to entrepreneurs investing in economically viable projects through a variety of products, including loans to industrialists, equity investments and trade finance.One of the corporation’s core strategies is to maintain its financial independence from the government, as a result of which it has to access capital markets to source loan funding.According to Gouws, increasing investor confidence in South Africa, coupled with the IDC’s sovereign rating, will allow the corporation to source funds at lower rates in the future, thus allowing it to finance its activities more competitively.About 23 banks from around the world collectively provided the IDC’s latest loan, for repayment over the next three years. The lead arrangers of the loan were Bayerische Landesbank, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank and Sumitomo Mitzui Banking Corporation Europe Limited.IDC CEO Khaya Ngqula told representatives of these banking institutions that the money would be put to good use, adding that the IDC appreciated the role they played in the country’s economy.“We see this as an affirmation of faith which we all have in South Africa. Furthermore, we feel that this will only help us to continue doing what we know best, that is, invest in supporting South Africans and empowering our communities.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_img27 March 2013 South African state oil company PetroSA and China’s Sinopec Group took another step towards creating Africa’s largest oil refinery after the two firms signed an agreement in Pretoria on Tuesday. The US$10-billion Mthombo refinery project is planned for the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The agreement, signed during a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pretoria on Tuesday, will create opportunities for oil and gas exploration. Jinping is in South Africa for the 5th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, which got under way in Durban on Tuesday. “The framework agreement enables the two companies to move forward this global-scale crude oil refinery project,” the two chairmen, PetroSA’s Benny Mokaba and Sinopec’s Fu Chengyu, said in a statement. According to Business Day, the refinery would pump approximately 360 000 barrels per day, while creating 27 500 direct and indirect jobs during construction and 18 000 jobs when it started operating. The agreement follows the signing of a study agreement between the two companies in May last year. Mokaba described the agreement as an important building block in bringing the project to fruition. “[It] gives PetroSA the opportunity to extend a mutually beneficial relationship with a major national oil company,” he said. “This strategic relationship can and will be leveraged to benefit PetroSA’s sustainability and growth programmes.” As part of their growth plans, the companies agreed to include the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in the next phase of the project’s development. Downstream opportunities in southern Africa will also be explored, as will the development of storage and logistical infrastructure. “South Africa is politically stable and economically developed,” Fu said. “Sinopec pays close attention to its business growth in South Africa, and wishes to contribute to local economic and social development.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Notepods each contain 100 pages, and you can snag a 3-pack for around $18USD. Shipping will take between 7 and 12 business days, unless you’re lucky enough to live in Australia or New Zealand.As we all know, the best ideas often hit you at inappropriate or inconvenient times. As Inventive Labs posted, “It’s incredibly fun to come up with an idea in the pub over a few beers;” however, how fun is it to decipher those indecipherable, scrawled-on and soggy cocktail napkins the next morning? Keep one in your bag, one on the nightstand – wherever inspiration strikes. It might be made of paper, but we think smartphone developers will find it a fun and simple productivity tool. We’ve discovered an adorable yet highly useful little product that could significantly ease some pain and lead to greater levels of productivity for smartphone developers.It’s ridiculously simple as a concept, yet it allows for more creativity, freedom, and portability than any other tool we’ve seen for mobile developers, hands down. The product of a design shop and a web development lab, both based in Australia, these nifty and inexpensive toys have been popping up in offices all over Silicon Valley. Read on to learn the secret behind your favorite mobile dev’s favorite Christmas present.It’s made of paper. Yes, the Notepod is the Moleskine of the digerati, an ingenious little sketchpad shaped like an iPhone. The front of each sheet features “52mm by 77mm of blank space floating in darkness,” and the back of each piece is a blank grid of graph paper, perfect, as the site says, “perfect for notes or jotting down the phone number of a hot geek.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts brian proffitt Tags:#Big Data#Clustering#databases#Hadoop#servers#storage 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Hadoop is the poster child for Big Data, so much so that the open source data platform has become practically synonymous with the wildly popular term for storing and analyzing huge sets of information.While Hadoop is not the only Big Data game in town, the software has had a remarkable impact. But exactly why has Hadoop been such a major force in Big Data? What makes this software so damn special – and so important?Sometimes the reasons behind something success can be staring you right in the face. For Hadoop, the biggest motivator in the market is simple: Before Hadoop, data storage was expensive. Hadoop, however, lets you store as much data as you want in whatever form you need, simply by adding more servers to a Hadoop cluster. Each new server (which can be commodity x86 machines with relatively small price tags) adds more storage and more processing power to the overall cluster. This makes data storage with Hadoop far less costly than prior methods of data storage.(See also Hadoop: What It Is And How It Works.)Spendy Storage Created The Need For HadoopWe’re not talking about data storage in terms of archiving… that’s just putting data onto tape. Companies need to store increasingly large amounts of data and be able to easily get to it for a wide variety of purposes. That kind of data storage was, in the days before Hadoop, pricey.(See also Hadoop Adoption Accelerates, But Not For Data Analytics.)And, oh what data there is to store. Enterprises and smaller businesses are trying to track a slew of data sets: emails, search results, sales data, inventory data, customer data, click-throughs on websites… all of this and more is coming in faster than ever before, and trying to manage it all in a relational database management system (RDBMS) is a very expensive proposition.Historically, organizations trying to manage costs would sample that data down to a smaller subset. This down-sampled data would automatically carry certain assumptions, number one being that some data is more important than other data. For example, a company depending on e-commerce data might prioritize its data on the (reasonable) assumption that credit card data is more important than product data, which in turn would be more important than click-through data.Assumptions Can ChangeThat’s fine if your business is based on a single set of assumptions. But what what happens if the assumptions change? Any new business scenarios would have to use the down-sampled data still in storage, the data retained based on the original assumptions. The raw data would be long gone, because it was too expensive to keep around. That’s why it was down-sampled in the first place.Expensive RDBMS-based storage also led to data being siloed within an organization. Sales had its data, marketing had its data, accounting had its own data and so on. Worse, each department may have down-sampled its data based on its own assumptions. That can make it very difficult (and misleading) to use the data for company-wide decisions.Hadoop: Breaking Down The SilosHadoop’s storage method uses a distributed filesystem that maps data wherever it sits in a cluster on Hadoop servers. The tools to process that data are also distributed, often located on the same servers where the data is housed, which makes for faster data processing.Hadoop, then, allows companies to store data much more cheaply. How much more cheaply? In 2012, Rainstor estimated that running a 75-node, 300TB Hadoop cluster would cost $1.05 million over three years. In 2008, Oracle sold a database with a little over half the storage (168TB) for $2.33 million – and that’s not including operating costs. Throw in the salary of an Oracle admin at around $95,000 per year, and you’re talking an operational cost of $2.62 million over three years – 2.5 times the cost, for just over half of the storage capacity.This kind of price savings mean Hadoop lets companies afford to hold all of their data, not just the down-sampled portions. Fixed assumptions don’t need to be made in advance. All data becomes equal and equally available, so business scenarios can be run with raw data at any time as needed, without limitation or assumption. This is a very big deal, because if no data needs to be thrown away, any data model a company might want to try becomes fair game.That scenario is the next step in Hadoop use, explained Doug Cutting, Chief Architect of Cloudera and an early Hadoop pioneer. “Now businesses can add more data sets to their collection,” Cutting said. “They can break down the silos in their organization.”More Hadoop BenefitsHadoop also lets companies store data as it comes in – structured or unstructured – so you don’t have to spend money and time configuring data for relational databases and their rigid tables. Since Hadoop can scale so easily, it can also be the perfect platform to catch all the data coming from multiple sources at once.Hadoop’s most touted benefit is its ability to store data much more cheaply than can be done with RDBMS software. But that’s only the first part of the story. The capability to catch and hold so much data so cheaply means businesses can use all of their data to make more informed decisions.  IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

first_imgClaw hand is a hand characterized by curved or bent fingers, making the hand appear claw-like.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more