first_imgThe once tensed room at present so spaciousThe once sardonic face now beam with hilarityThe pessimistic look that disappear behind cheerful visagesThe great joy to express for a breathtaking moment of gleeAs the once ominous air now seal with exhilarationThe ill-mannered men to mouth all invectivenessThe little ones celebrating oblivious of factual rationaleShirtless fellows’ screams so thunderous like a trumpetBoorish young maidens emanate such an extravaganzaThe old and new alike all geared up for a traditional boogieInstantaneous is their time for gaiety and festivityWhen the game is good all is drummed on perfectionShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

29-year-old jailed for ganja trafficking

first_imgSenior Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday sentenced 29-year-old Stedmond Smart to three years and six months’ imprisonment when he appeared before her and admitted to having a quantity of narcotics in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.Jailed: Stedmond SmartThe charge against Smart stated that on August 22, 2019, at Princess Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown, he had in his possession 16.159 kilograms, equivalent to 36 pounds, of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.The unrepresented man after admitting to the charge told the court that he was keeping the marijuana for his friend.“I collected it from a friend to keep and he was [supposed to] collect it the following day but he did not show up,” he said in a plea of mitigation.However, Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh informed the court that on August 22, ranks went to Smart’s home and conducted a search. During the search, ranks searched a bedroom and a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems were found in a blue barrel.Smart was told of the offence and while being cautioned, he admitted to keeping the illegal substance for a friend.The Magistrate after listening to the facts jailed Smart.last_img read more

Triple blow for Arsenal! German World Cup winners set to miss season opener

first_img1 Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil are likely to miss their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.The Germany internationals have been given an extended break after helping their nation lift football’s greatest prize by beating Argentina 1-0 on July 11 and will only return for pre-season training on August 11 – five days before the match against Tony Pulis’ side.Speaking on the Gunners’ pre-season tour of America, Wenger admitted the trio are likely to miss the beginning of the new season.“I have given them a good break because I have experience of players who have been in the World Cup final. You need a rest,” the French manager said.“Will they be ready? Mertesacker prepares well – but for the first game I don’t think they will be ready for August 16. A post-World Cup year is always very difficult and short, the World Cup final was July 13th and the start of the Premier League is August 16.“From FIFA we are obliged to give four weeks holiday to the players, so I don’t know how all that works together. It looks impossible to me.“A post-World Cup year is always very difficult for every big club because the players have been away.”last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny is gearing up for the big North West 10k which gets underway from the Community Centre at 2 p.m. this afternoon.Letterkenny Mayor Paschal Blake pointing the way to entries for this year’s North West 10K which starts at 2pm.Final entries for the DonegalDaily.com and Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure sponsored charity run and walk will be taken up to 1 p.m.Donegal ‘Person of the Year’ Liam O Ó Cuinneagáin who will get the runners underway from the start line at the Pearse Road beside the Community Centre. The Mayor of Donegal Cllr Ian McGarvey has accepted the invitation to start the walkers who will leave from the Community Centre car park just after the runners have departed. All participants are reminded to be at Letterkenny Community Centre by 1 p.m. at the latest as traffic restrictions will be in place from that time. A traffic management plan is in place for the 10k so the Gardai and the committee are asking the motorists not involved in the charity event to leave a bit of extra time for their journey in and around Letterkenny from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. this afternoon.The two main charities who will benefit from Sunday’s event are the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Fund. A number of other associated charities will also benefit by their involvement with the 10k.It is a primarily a family fun day out catering for all ages groups and fitness levels. However, there is a serious side to it for the elite runners and there are two separate €500 for the first male and female to break the course records. The men’s record is held by Noel Berkely of 29.14 set in 1998 while the women’s best time ever was 32.34 recorded by Maria McCambridge set in 2005.Last year’s North West winner Keith Shields’s time was 32.15 just over three minutes outside the record. And Maria McCambridge who won the women’s section last year in a time of 35.39 was also just over three minute outside the record she set in 2005. Traffic Restrictions in LetterkennyWith the North West 10k taking place on next Sunday May 4th in Letterkenny there will be a traffic management plan in place. The 10k committee wishes to inform motorists and the general public of the following restrictions in Letterkenny.1:00pm until 4:00pm Pearse Road will be closed from Station Roundabout to Reid’s Garage corner. Access to McGinley car-park from Reid’s Garage corner will be left open for race participants only until 1:30. After this time no traffic will be allowed onto this section of the Pearse Road1:20pm until 2:20pm Paddy Harte Road will be down to 1 lane only. There will be no right turn permitted from Paddy Harte Road onto Pearse Road.1:30pm until 2:30pm Port Road will be one way only from Station Roundabout outbound to Port Bridge Roundabout 1:45pm until 3:00pm Pearse Road from McDonalds to Reid’s Garage corner will be down to 1 lane only.2:00pm until 2:40pm DeVelera Road – traffic will not be permitted down DeVelera RoadRamelton Road will be one way only from Oatfield Roundabout to Station RoundaboutOther measures will also be in place to ensure the safety of participants and to keep traffic moving as freely as possible. Temporary stoppages might be experienced from 2:00pm until 3:00pm where a bulk of participants may be crossing a junction. Motorists are advised to follow alternate route signage if possible. The North West 10k committee apologises for any inconvenience caused and appreciate the patience shown by motorists. If in doubt follow the instructions of the Gardaí or stewards who are on hand to be of assistance. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated. NORTH-WEST 10K KICKS-OFF AT 2PM TODAY! GET SIGNED IN! was last modified: May 4th, 2014 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:donegalNorth West 10klast_img read more


first_imgMulroy College students get stuck in!Students and Staff in Mulroy College enjoyed a week of promoting Positive Well-being to coincide with World Mental Health Day October 10th.They marked this occasion with a week of activities celebrating and promoting well-being in the school community.There was a special emphasis on promoting the “5-a-day” of mental health within the college. These include: Connect, Take Notice, Give, Keep Learning and Be Active. Some of the actives that took place included; talk and walk to music during the morning registration class .Teachers discussed well-being with students and explored how each of us can achieve 5-a-day. There was an emphasis on healthy eating and students were encouraged to learn new skills.A paper tree was placed in the canteen and every student in the college wrote how they felt on a leaf which was later pinned to the tree. During the week students and staff were encouraged to do random acts of kindness.On Friday students and staff participated in a Blue non-uniform day to promote mental health, each student donated €1 to Jigsaw, an organisation who support young people in Donegal. As part of the pastoral ethos in the College students regularly engage in positive mental health and well being projects.Ms Fiona Temple, Mulroy College Principal said “Educating young people about mental health, positive well being and resilience is as important in their development as academics. These approaches along with our ethos of building mutually respectful relationships ensure all members of our school community are valued.” ALL IS ‘POSITIVELY WELL’ IN MULROY COLLEGE! was last modified: October 13th, 2014 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:MilfordMs Fiona TempleMulroy Collegepositive well-beinglast_img read more

Softball Opens MVC Play with Doubleheader Sweep Over Evansville

first_imgNicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) started in the circle and went 4.2 innings. Timmons (6-4) allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Smith relieved Timmons and earned her fifth save going 2.1 innings and she allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk. The Valley on ESPN3 PDF Box Score Evansville Game 2 PDF Box Score Evansville Game 1 Next Game: In the second inning, Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) drew a one-out walk and then stole second. Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) followed with a double to score Maddox. Four batters later, Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) drew a bases loaded walk that scored Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.). Story Links The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa), who led off the frame with a single, scored after an error by the Purple Aces.   Watch Live Drake was little time in the second game as Maddox drove in a pair of runs with an RBI single as Frank and Johnson scored to lead 2-0. Full Schedule Roster The teams close the series Sunday morning with an 11 a.m. game.Print Friendly Version The score stayed 3-2 until the top of the seventh when Drake added three insurance runs. Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) drove in Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.), who hit a leadoff double, with a single and later Roemmich plated two runs with a single to left as Pena and Ryan scored. Drake had only three hits in the game, but the Bulldogs made Evansville pitcher Morgan Florey work hard by drawing seven walks. Live Stats Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) pitched a complete game, two-hitter in game one. Newman (8-2) allowed just two hits with eight strikeouts and one hit batter as she faced just 23 batters. Preview In the bottom of the inning, Evansville tied the game as Florey singled in one run and another came after an error by Drake’s catcher, Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa). In the next inning though the Bulldogs quickly took the lead back at 3-2 as they capitalized on a Purple Aces’ error as Roemmich scored. EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Drake University softball team opened Missouri Valley Conference play Saturday with a doubleheader sweep over Evansville. Drake (18-9, 2-0 MVC) won the first game over Evansville (7-17, 0-2 MVC), 3-0 and the second game by a score of 6-3. at Evansville 3/18/2018 – 11 AM Evansville’s run came in the seventh inning with two outs, but Smith struck out the final Purple Aces’ batter for the sweep.last_img read more

Solid State Storage Is Taking Over The Datacenter – Slowly

first_imgTags:#cloud storage#enterprise#storage#Storage Evolution IT + Project Management: A Love Affair michael singer Solid-state storage has become ubiquitous in mobile devices and increasingly in laptops as well. But it’s also revolutionizing storage in corporate datacenters, cloud computing services and beyond.Forget the portability factor, solid-state drives, or SSDs, are finding massive growth potential as a way for companies to speed up large-scale storage systems.Historically, storage devices used in business have been either magnetic tape or hard disk drives, both of which spin, use a lot of energy and throw off a lot of heat (which usually requires expensive cooling).SSDs, on the other hand, are much faster and more efficient, and generate much less heat – making them ideal for use in datacenters. The only reasons they haven’t already become a direct replacement for rotating disks is due to their relatively high cost per gigabyte and the high volumes of data writing required in many datacenter applications.Although SSD vendors try to engineer around these issues with advanced compression and deduplication techniques – as well as redirecting how and where data is stored – SSDs today essentially provide answers for limited use cases (e.g. small databases), but fall short when it comes to working with large loads of data. This includes the massive amounts of unstructured data that represents the bulk of storage growth today.That said, the adoption of solid state storage as a complementary solution to standard hard disk (HDD) storage for enterprise applications continues to grow quickly. Worldwide solid state storage industry revenue reached $5 billion in 2011, a 105% increase from the $2.4 billion in revenue achieved in 2010, according to analysts at research firm IDC. SSD vendors are also giving enterprises and storage companies improved technical options. Some 18 million higher-capacity SSDs (ranging from 80GB to 512GB) will ship in 2013, and that number is expected to grow to 69 million units by 2016, estimate analysts with IHS iSuppli.But if solid state drives aren’t going to kill off spinning hard drives or magnetic tape, where do all those SDD units fit into the storage ecosystem in efficient and cost-effective ways?Today’s Best Uses For SSD In StorageSolid state drives are most useful for access to data that is needed fast but not in high volumes. SSD technology is also justifiable in applications where lag time or latency could mean lost dollars – such as in trading platforms and financial systems. These attributes also make SSDs valuable as the first line of access for cloud-based storage offerings. Data that needs to be accessed fast goes on the SSD, while less-critical data can be stored on more traditional slower, less expensive spinning disks. This arrangement lets cloud storage providers leverage SSDs along with other storage technologies to provide a broad range of services at the lowest cost.“The challenge they are solving is that the IOPS (input/output – or I/O – operations per second) are superior in SSDs but the cost per gigabyte storage is orders of magnitude higher than rotational hard drives,” explains Sanjay Parekh, an early participant in solid-state-hard-drive-cloud-storage startup SolidFire. “They have developed a layer on top of SSDs that drive the effective storage cost down while maintaining high IOPS.”As prices eventually come down, Parekh notes, SSDs should replace most other storage technologies. But there will always be a role for backup systems like tape and magnetic hard drives. A distributed system using multiple storage technologies is best for long-term data security, he adds, as it isn’t wise to put all of your data on one storage medium.Room To Grow With SSDFor now, using SSD as an acceleration tier on top of traditional storage can provide the best of all storage worlds. Relatively small, high-performance SSD units can be used to speed up all applications by replacing or augmenting memory caches.“It instantly delivers performance on demand, while enabling hot data to stay on higher-cost SSDs and majority of data at rest to sit on well-protected traditional disk drives,” says Kirill Malkin, CTO of Starboard Storage. “That way, the SSD subsystem delivers performance efficiency and the disk subsystem optimizes capacity efficiency. Furthermore, using multiple SSD layers with varied performance and capacity characteristics enables highly effective, just-in-time I/O optimization for consolidating multiple applications on a single storage platform with right sized resources for every workload and use case. Notably, this approach requires a complete rethinking of the storage stack involving dynamic pooling of all resources and implementing performance controls.”When used as a performance tier in a more traditional storage environment, SSD can extend the life of that architecture. But this kind of architecture is inherently inefficient because it involves heavy “shadow” transfers between the solid state and rotating storage devices, he adds. Successful “tuning” of such storage systems requires an intimate knowledge of the application behavior, making it more difficult to set up and use.Given these issues, properly sizing the solid state storage tier can be very difficult, often ending up with significant over-provisioning to achieve the required performance target, Malkin adds. The SSD tiers in traditional storage systems architectures are often limited in the way they fit in with current complex storage systems or legacy RAID [redundant array of independent disks] controllers and RAID group management.”Beyond SSD – What Does The Future Hold?But for SSDs to take over the storage ecosystem, manufacturers will have to shrink the technology’s price premium compared to traditional storage solutions. Today, an HDD might cost $0.24 cents per gigabyte, while an SSD could cost $2 or more per gigabyte. That’s a hefty difference when you start talking about equipping large data centers with SSDs.One way vendors have tried to balance price, capacity and performance is with multi-level cell (MLC) SSDs. However, due to their inherently low endurance, MLC-based SSDs quickly wear out in write-intensive uses. Another approach is TLC flash or triple-bit-per-cell flash SSDs – but the problem then becomes one of physics. Adding cells means shrinking the components smaller than 14 nanometers, making it difficult to manage and more of a work in progress than an actual solution to today’s storage problems.“Since SSDs became a viable option for the enterprise performance, cost and reliability have been critical points of evaluation. However, as IT purchasers begin to better understand the technology’s strengths and weaknesses, we are seeing more importance placed on the balance between endurance and cost,” according to John Scaramuzzo, president of SMART Storage Systems.As an alternative, many companies are now considering hybrid storage systems. Hybrid systems combine spinning disk and SSD storage media to balance capacity and performance. Large-capacity hybrid storage devices can cost $500 a terabyte, making them appropriate for a single super-system but not necessarily as a way to cut costs in a large datacenter storage array.For the foreseeable future, all types of storage formats will likely coexist, with SSDs added to traditional storage systems as the predominant model. (That’s largely because of the large installed base and well-understood architecture of traditional storage systems.) Ultimately though, as SSD prices fall due to Moore’s Law, experts expect the industry to gradually migrate to a world where all-SSD systems are used for a continually growing subset of applications. For workloads where SSD’s performance improvements can’t be financially justified, SSD-accelerated systems will continue to be used until the SSD price premium becomes insignificant. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Soul Care

first_imgIn an article entitled Soul Care written by Jane Riffe Ed.D., LICSW, LPC,  Dr. Riffe explains how we feel happier and at our best when we have a way to connect to our “Soul.” Dr. Riffe describes how reestablishing a sense of balance benefits your mental, emotional, and physical health. Through activities, exercises and better understanding, this article helps manage thoughts, stress and emotions which, in turn encourages a healthier and happier life. The article discusses:Why Struggling with Emotions Does Not WorkMindfulness as an AlternativeHow to Practice Mindful AwarenessHow to Change to the Mindfulness ChannelFor more information on practicing mindfulness to help reduce stress, control your present thoughts, and encourage a healthier and happier state of being, check out Dr. Riffe’s three-part caregiving audiocast series at ‘Reflect! Keep Calm and Carry On.’This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published February 5, 2016.last_img read more

Inspect child care centres within 2 months: HC

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the commissions for protection of child rights in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to prepare a list of all registered and unregistered child care institutions and get them inspected within two months.Justice Surya Kant, while hearing a petition filed by Bachpan Bachao Andolan, a movement campaigning for the rights of children, in his order on September 7, stated, “The Commission for both the States as well as Union Territory of Chandigarh shall prepare a list of all the registered and unregistered child care institutions, get the same inspected from the Child Welfare Committees and prepare a comprehensive status report with regard to the deficiencies, if any, noticed in the functioning of such institutions. The reports shall be submitted to the principal secretaries of respective State governments and advisor to the UT Administration, Chandigarh, within two months. (sic)”Advocate Anil Malhotra, assisting the High Court as amicus curiae, said that unregistered institutions and those with deficiencies would face strict action as all such registered institutions have to comply with the Juvenile Justice Act.Mr. Malhotra, referring to instances of child abuse reported in Punjab and Haryana, pleaded for remedial measures, saying that the commissions and committees were duty-bound to monitor child rights under various laws.The court order added that the State governments and Chandigarh (UT) shall be required to take immediate remedial measures and will take strict action.last_img read more