Donegal entrepreneurs leading the way on ACORNS Programme

first_imgAn exciting six months lie ahead for the eight successful Donegal entrepreneurs who have earned a coveted place on the ACORNS initiative for women-led start-up businesses.The businesswomen all battled strong competition to gain a place on the peer-led support network for rural Ireland.Donegal has the highest number of female entrepreneurs on ACORNS this cycle, who will be benefiting from the expert support of Deirdre McGlone. Inishowen is well represented with two participants running their business from the peninsula. The places went to Avril McMonagle founder of Meantóir,  a specialist training and professional support service for early childhood education; and Carlene Lyttle of Sailespin a specialist business support service for companies looking to foster growth. The mantle for the south of the county is being carried by Joanne Butler of OURganic Gardens – a garden project combining education, tourism and community based in beautiful Gort a’Choirce and Meg O’Gara of Megnificent Creative based in Kilcar offering graphic design and creative illustration. Bundoran also features well with Nicola Gavigan from the unique experience Seclusion Spa at Ardfarna and Sinead Fox from the already award-winning Salty Fox Coffee Shop. Marie Hutchinson from the well-being focused Mojo Yoga and Wellness Studio in Donegal Town and Sue Glackin of Donegal Food Tours based in Letterkenny complete the Donegal posse of entrepreneurs embarking on this exciting opportunity. Built on a belief that entrepreneurs learn best from each other, the ACORNS initiative is facilitated by ‘Lead Entrepreneurs’; women who have started and grown successful businesses in rural Ireland. The Donegal Acorns group is led by successful businesswoman Deirdre McGlone, former ‘Donegal Person of the Year’ and President of the Donegal Women in Business Network. Over the next six months Deirdre will work with the eight women-led businesses to maximise their business through peer-support, mentoring, and networking. The businesses supported by the previous Acorns initiative recorded a 43% increase in turnover. Access to finance and marketing were the barriers to developing businesses in rural Ireland, as identified by the participants, which ACORNS aims to address over the next 6 months. ACORNS is funded under the Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. For more information, see www.acorns.ie.Donegal entrepreneurs leading the way on ACORNS Programme was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ACORNSNational Women in Enterprise Daywomen in businesslast_img read more

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Raiders’ pre-camp offensive depth chart

first_imgBubble: Mike GlennonLong shot: Nathan PetermanAnalysis: Nothing to see here except plenty of Carr going into a season which will determine whether he remains … NAPA — The Raiders are younger, faster and more talented on offense. When they begin full-squad practices Saturday, we’ll begin to see if that translates into being much better than the unit that ranked No. 23 in the NFL last season.A look at the offensive depth chart (*projected starter):Quarterbacks (3)Lock: *Derek Carrlast_img read more

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Ask government for help: Motlanthe

first_img27 February 2012Members of households with no income, students seeking bursaries, job-seekers looking to be re-skilled … Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called on South Africans who need help from the government to come forward so they can be assisted.“We are keen to help those who need help,” Motlanthe said during a visit to government War on Poverty projects in Krugersdorp, Gauteng province on Friday.Motlanthe encouraged those who needed assistance to seek help at their local municipal offices.“When people are assisted, they must make a meaningful contribution to the economy,” he added, emphasising that the government was willing to help by re-skilling individuals who had the potential to steer their households out of poverty – calling such individuals “change agents”.The government’s War on Poverty campaign, launched in August 2008, targets the most deprived communities in the country, seeking to reach people with limited or no access to any of the services or programmes offered by the government.Motlanthe was visiting one of these projects, in the form of a food bank set up by the Gauteng provincial government to provide relief to households in distress. The food bank currently supplies food and other essentials to around 60 000 individuals.Motlanthe also visited a small-scale farm in Dunkod which produces herbs and a range of vegetables and supplies to various retailers. The Gauteng government handed over a pack house to the farm as part of government’s programme to assist emerging and small-scale farmers.Motlanthe noted that one of the best ways to win the war on poverty was for people to start growing their own vegetables.Motlanthe was accompanied on his Krugersdorp visit by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane, MECs and senior provincial government officials.Other dignitaries included Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti, and Deputy Human Settlements Minister Zou Kota-Frederics.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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BBC Resurrects Early Sound-Effects Machines On The Web

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… No Flash RequiredFor each retro sound-making device, the site has historical information, a live simulator demo and the source code used to create it. The kicker? It was all built without a touch of Flash or anything other than open, cross-device-friendly Web standards. The team at the BBC utilized the Web Audio API, which uses JavaScript to process and synthesize audio in the browser. It’s the kind of thing developers once had no choice but to rely on Flash for, but is now easily achievable using lighter weight, more open technology.  As for the interfaces, those were done using frameworks like backbone.js and jQuery, alongside custom-built elements developed in house at the BBC. Each demo has a detailed technical breakdown showing how it was built. This is awesome. Not just because it gives us fun little browser-based synthesizers to play with, but because of what demos like this mean for the Web. For the last two or three years, developers have been moving away from clunky, proprietary technologies like Flash and Silverlight and, whenever possible, using HTML, CSS and JavaScript to build complex interfaces and embed multimedia. The result is a smoother experience that works across devices and browsers without the need for extra plugins. And yes, simulating old-fashioned gun shots using a graphical UI in the browser while you should be working? That’s cool too.  john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts We take our ability to create sounds for granted. Today’s software and synthesizers allow any teenager to take a sample of any sound, manipulate it any fashion imaginable, forming entirely new sounds. If they so desire, they can create their own album of electronic soundscapes. Today, anybody with even minimal training can be a sound producer, DJ or radio host. We’ve come a long way. Back in 1958, though, sound was not so easy to create and play with. But the then relatively young medium of radio demanded sound effects like gunshots and new music for a growing line-up of audio programs. To meet the needs of show producers, the BBC launched the Radiophonic Workshop, a sound effects lab where musicians and sound engineers created fake gun shots by slapping rulers on a table, used analog tape loops and built pre-synthesizer sound effects machines. Interactive, Web-based simulations of those early machines are now available, thanks to the BBC’s Research & Development Department, which recently launched a fascinating prototype showcasing four digital noisemakers. The fun site features a gun-shot sound effect generator, a pre-synthesizer “wobbulator,” a trio of tape loop machines and an early ring modulator, which was used to generate the robot voice on the original Dr. Who. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#audio#BBC#sound#web standards last_img read more

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas: Tablets For Kids

first_imgOne of the biggest questions tech-savvy parents must contend with when it comes to tablets for their kids is this: do I really want to give my precious wee one a really expensive piece metal and glass?Tech blogger Shelly Palmer asked the same question this holiday season and came up with five good tablet options for kids.Palmer’s picks are pretty good, touching on safe and educational options for younger and older kids alike. I like the fact that he threw out an Android- and an iOS-based device, though I’m not sure that I would have picked a Kindle Fire.Unless you want to (a) give your child quicker access to a lot of content that will (b) suck your bank account dry, I’d suggest a Nexus tablet instead. You can still get multimedia content if you want it, but from more sources then just Amazon’s web store.I loved Palmer’s kid-only choices, but you may want to weigh your own budget needs before getting one of these highly specific devices. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, if you’re trying to cut costs for the long term, you may want to buy an Android/iOS device first, rather than a kid device for $99-$199 that they’ll outgrow very quickly and you’ll have to get a new tablet for anyway.But if you have a string of little kids in your creche, I would definitely opt for a kid-specific tablet that can be shared and passed along so it will get more than just a year or two of use if you’re lucky.Time’s running out, so you’ll have to move quick to get a tablet under a holiday tree. But whatever you decide to buy, be sure it exceeds the level of your child’s abilities so they’ll grow into using the tablet over time, instead of outgrowing it next week. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… brian proffitt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Tags:#tablet 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts last_img read more

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CWG OC to give 30 % free tickets

first_imgThe lacklustre public response to most of the events in the Commonwealth Games prompted Organising Committee (OC) vice chairman Randhir Singh to call for giving free entry to at least 30 per cent of the spectators.Crowds outside a ticket counter on Thursday.”I feel that 30 per cent of all stadiums should be thrown open for the public. Tickets may be distributed at the gates on a first come first serve basis. People should be encouraged to come and watch the events,” he said.”There have been some great performances, but unfortunately not many spectators are around to see them. It is such a pity,” he added.This came on a day when the government asked the OC to get its act together so that tickets were made available to the people.”There have been reports that some stadiums were wanting in audience, while in others, tickets were not available,” urban development minister Jaipal Reddy said after the group of ministers (GoM) on the Games held a meeting. Sports minister M. S. Gill, tourism minister Kumari Selja, chief minister Sheila Dikshit and OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi were also present at the meeting.However, four days into the Games, the tickets still remained elusive. Mismanagement and poor technology didn’t help matters either.With the holiday season setting in, the paying public is starved of tickets. Even the sarkari babus are aghast that tickets are not coming their way. Sports minister M. S. Gill’s office was reportedly upset that tickets were not available at all.advertisementEmpty stands at Delhi’s Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium.While OC officials said tickets sales were picking up, there was no clue where the complimentary tickets, which comprise almost 20 per cent for each venue, were.Sources said the number of free tickets, reportedly distributed by the OC to the ministry and the Sports Authority of India, was shocking.”Worse, there are no tickets for India-Australia or India-Pakistan hockey matches. We do not have swimming or boxing tickets either,” a source added.Angad, a Class XI student at Guru Harkishan Public school, called up the call centre and found out that tickets were available for the swimming event. But he had to wait for an hour at the counter as the server had crashed. And when his turn came, he was told the tickets had been sold. “I called up the call centre again and they said the tickets were available. I don’t know whom to believe,” he said.Shilpa Singhal, who had gone to buy tickets with her daughter Prachika, had an equally annoying experience.”The people at the counters can’t tell you the Games schedules. You can’t either get through the call centre line or it gets disconnected before you finish talking. I had to call up 50 times before I could get the information I wanted,” she said.B. Subramaniam, a part of the Malaysian Boxing Federation, had a suggestion. He said: “It makes sense to have separate stalls for more popular events like boxing and swimming.” At the Talkatora Stadium, Philip Masonda, an official attached with the Zambian squash team, had a worse experience.He had gone to the stadium to watch some of the aquatics events. He was not allowed to enter because his pass limited entry only to the squash events. Moreover, the volunteers failed to arrange a transport for him back to the Games Village until a journalist intervened and sought the help of the authorities.A Rajouri garden couple also experienced the volunteers’ apathy at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex on Wednesday.Deepak Bassi, who had an accident some time ago that left his leg severely damaged, went to the complex to watch some events. But he and his wife were made to walk a 3-km stretch from the parking lot, with no help from the volunteers.However, all he commented was that “we have channels through which we can route our complaints in the Village. And I would prefer those channels”.(With inputs from Amandeep Shukla and Agencies)last_img read more

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Facebook is in hot water again The 359 Ep 512

first_imgOn this podcast, we talk about: Facebook’s research app that circumvented Apple rules and had the social network paying people as young as 13 years old $20 a month in exchange for personal data.Apple’s iPhone sales collapse. The heist of Tappy the robot’s arm!The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Facebook is in hot water. Again (The 3:59, Ep. 512) See All reading • Facebook is in hot water — again (The 3:59, Ep. 512) Your browser does not support the audio element. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher Tags Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Mobile Commentcenter_img Apple Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? The Daily Charge 1 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Privacy Facebook Huawei T-Mobile Applelast_img read more

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These affordable audiophile inear headphones banish noise

first_img The Audiophiliac The Etymotic ER2 in-ear headphones  Etymotic Etymotic made a big splash in 1991 with its ER4 in-ear headphones, which brought professional audio monitoring into the mainstream.  The Etymotic ER4 headphone was my go-to in-ear for years, and in 2017 the line was refreshed with the ER4SR (Studio Reference) and ER4XR (Extended Response) at $349/£360 each.  This model was quickly followed by the ER3SE/XR ($179/£199), and it was the Audiophiliac affordable Headphone of the Year for 2018. Now in 2019 we have the ER2 in-ear, which also comes in two versions, the ER2SE (Studio Edition) and the ER2XR (Extended Response). The two models look the same, it’s just that the XR version has slightly more bass. Each one retails for $159 in the US and £169 in the UK. Both ER2SE/XR models use dynamic, not balanced, armature drivers featured in the ER3 and ER4 models. The ER2’s impedance is rated at 15 ohms, the 4 foot (1.2 meter) long cable is user replaceable. The ER2’s warranty is two years. Use the included foam or flanged silicone ear tips with the ER2 and you’ll bask in the quietude of 35 dB of noise isolation, that’s so much better than average. There’s one catch, to achieve the maximum noise hushing you’ll have to jam the tips deeper into your ear canals than most in-ear headphones’ tips. Some folks aren’t comfortable with the feeling, but I don’t mind. True, comfort isn’t stellar, but the ER2’s superior noise isolation on the New York City subway was excellent while listening with my iPhone 8. The ER2 doesn’t use batteries; its deep insertion tips hush noise with their airtight seal. Listening tests I listened to the ER2XR for a few weeks before I compared it with the other ER models. Bon Iver’s soaring vocals were set free by these headphones. The open quality and warmth of the sound balance tickled my audiophile ears; I was a happy camper. I wondered how this new Etymotic would compare with the ER3 and ER4. They all look nearly alike, but what about the sound? I listened to all three ERs with my iPhone 8 (with an Apple 3.5mm to Lightning adapter). The sound was fine, but I couldn’t resist upping the ante with the FiiO i1 Lightning to 3.5mm adapter/digital audio converter ($40 on Amazon) and noted a distinct improvement in the sound of all three Etymotic headphones. The Apple adapter sounded muffled by comparison. 51j2nfw-21l-sl1500The Astell & Kern Super Junior music player Astell & Kern I also listened to music with an old Astell & Kern JR portable music player, which provided much improved sound over the iPhone 8/FiiO i1 combination. The current Astell & Kern Super Junior sells for $220 on Amazon. The ER2XR and ER3XR sound nearly the same, the ER3XR was a bit clearer, but the ER4XR was a decisively more transparent and more open sounding headphone with the Gang of Four’s brilliant Solid Gold album. The spiky guitar riffs cut through the haze like a knife over the ‘4XR, but they were blunted by the ER2XR and ER3XR headphones. The ER3 sounds a little better, and the ER4 is still my favorite, but the Etymotic ER2 has its easy listening charms, and it hushes external noise like a champ.  Share your voice Tags 0 Post a comment Headphones Audiolast_img read more

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Facial recognition bans spread across America

first_imgThe Oakland (California) City Council has voted to ban facial recognition technology. James Martin/CNET Oakland, California, has has become third city to ban the municipal use of facial recognition technology. Late Tuesday night, the Oakland City Council approved the ordinance, which requires a second and final vote that’s scheduled for Sept. 17.Oakland neighbor San Francisco in May became the first city to ban its police officers from using facial recognition technology, citing a breach of citizens’ civil liberties. The Somerville City Council in Massachusetts followed suit last month. Legal Facial recognition How San Francisco’s ban could impact facial recognition… Mobile Security Computers Politics Security Cameras Now playing: Watch this: 0 Facial recognition technology and human rights Aibo robot dogs and the people who love them 25 Photos Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan, who prepared a report on the proposed ban, cited limitations of the technology, the lack of standards around its implementation, and its potential use in the persecution of minorities, according to KPIX.Matt Cagle, a technology and civil liberties attorney for American Civil Liberties Union Northern California, said it should be elected representatives making decisions on the government’s ability to collect and use facial recognition imaging.”Decisions about whether we want to hand the government the power to identify who attends protests, political rallies, church or AA meetings should not be made in the secret backroom of a police station, lobbied by corporate executives that market this technology,” Cagle said Wednesday in a statement.The ACLU said US House of Representatives on Tuesday night also passed an amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 that would require the Director of National Intelligence to report on any government use of facial recognition technology (PDF).Reports would include information on the accuracy of the technology, as well as policies and procedures to protect human rights and First Amendment rights. The law shows Congress is recognizing “that this surveillance technology presents an unprecedented threat to our most fundamental democratic values,” said Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU senior legislative counsel. 3:04 null Share your voice San Francisco becomes first city to bar police from using facial recognition AI experts want Amazon to stop selling facial recognition tech to police Huge leaps in AI have made facial recognition smarter than your brain Why facial recognition’s racial bias problem is so hard to crack Smart home cameras bring facial recognition ethics to your front door Tagslast_img read more

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PUBG Mobile Lite features we really hope to see in PUBG Mobiles

first_img This has to be the coolest PUBG Mobile trick, EVER!!! PUBG Mobile Lite was recently launched to attract the masses owning a low-end smartphone. The lighter version of the most popular battle royale mobile title eliminates the need to have a premium, high-end smartphone to get onboard the craze PUBG Mobile has built since its launch.PUBG Mobile Lite developers have thought through the idea behind it, bringing each and every feature tailored to deliver optimum gaming experience. We tested PUBG Mobile Lite and it seemed fine but needs further improvements in terms of lags and some glitches. The gameplay aspect seems to be more favourable than the build itself, but there are going to be updates in the future to fix those errors.During our PUBG Mobile Lite review, we noticed some new features exclusive to this particular version and other features that we had briefly seen in select PUBG Mobile games. Now, we hope that Tencent considers bringing some of its PUBG Mobile Lite features to PUBG Mobile, which can benefit more users who have been playing the game for quite some time now.Riverside rampCamping on bridges is one of the common practices in PUBG Mobile, but there are culverts in the game to allow players to cross a river. While this is helpful, players can alternatively swim to cross to avoid any sniper who would be watching the culvert. But what we saw in PUBG Mobile Lite really had us thinking why this feature can’t come to PUBG Mobile. PUBG Mobile Lite riverside rampIBTimes India/Sami Khan screenshotPUBG Mobile Lite has a riverside ramp that can be used to cross a river in James Bond’s style. Throttle your vehicle and go over the ramp to land on the other side of the river to give opponents an element of surprise. We really hope to see this in PUBG Mobile as it can be used to a better strategy and ambush the enemy without losing your vehicle.RPG missile launcherPUBG Mobile Lite adds a new weapon to the airdrop weapon arsenal. An RPG missile launcher is incredibly cool to carry and highly destructive in short range. We’ve seen the RPG in PUBG Mobile x Resident Evil 2 crossover event to eliminate hoards of zombies, but we never heard of it in other maps. PUBG Mobile Lite RPG launcherIBTimes India/Sami KhanOur sincere hope is that PUBG Mobile gets RPG as a rare item found only in airdrops in addition to the weapons like M249, AWM, Groza and others.Health while on the moveFor so long, PUBG Mobile players have cribbed and complained about not being able to take health while on the move. Being stationary is mandatory to boost the health level, but it puts the player in a comprising situation if the sniper has marked you. In PUBG Mobile Lite, players can take health while on the move, which is something we wish gets introduced in the original PUBG Mobile. This can save lives and give a harder time for enemies to take you out. This works both ways, so don’t get too stressed out when your target is moving out of range while boosting health. PUBG Mobile Lite goes live in IndiaPlay StoreExtended time to killFinally, PUBG Mobile Lite makes it hard to kill an enemy. It’s not a glitch, but it is by design to “enhance players survivability during firefights and encouraging aggressive play.” We don’t entirely wish for this feature to be seen in the original game, but it wouldn’t hurt to be immune to shots while we inspect its origin. Most times, headshots take you out before you realize where it came from. A warning in the form of extended time to kill can be a nice addition.Tencent Games hasn’t promised or hinted to bring these features to PUBG Mobile, but it is merely our hope to enhance the gameplay. Closelast_img read more

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