first_imgThousands of people across Donegal will go to the polls today to vote in the Fiscal Treaty Referendum.Polling stations open at 7am and will close this evening at 10pm.Nationally referendums rarely get above a 50% turn-out. Voters on Donegal’s five inhabited islands have already voted on Monday last and those votes are under lock-and-key at Glenties Garda station.Voters at dozens of polling stations in Donegal may also encounter silent vigils which have been organised by a Catholic priest and his Church of Ireland counterpart.Father John Joe Duffy from Arranmore Island and Rev John Deane from Ardara have come together to protest at cuts in education.Counting of the votes begins at 9am tomorrow and a result in the referendum is expected tomorrow afternoon.  DONEGAL GOES TO THE POLLS TODAY IN THE FISCAL TREATY REFERENDUM was last modified: May 31st, 2012 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:donegalFISCAL TREATYpollsvotinglast_img read more

Arcata uses big first-half run to beat Hoopa Valley, claim spot in Niclai title game

first_imgArcata >> It only took the Tigers only a couple of possessions to set the tone they so desperately wanted.And they’re going to play for another county championship because of it.The Arcata boys basketball team opened its Dick Niclai Tournament semifinal against Hoopa Valley on a 16-0 run and never looked back, as the Tigers claimed an impressive 80-38 win over the visiting Warriors on Thursday night.“We always want to (start the game well). That’s just our goal,” Arcata senior forward Thomas …last_img

League pride on the line at Niclai

first_imgThe top two teams in the Big 5 will face off against the top two teams in the Little 4 tonight as a busy week of action in the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament continues with a pair of semifinals on the boys side.After narrowly defeating Fortuna in a Big 5 playoff on Monday, McKinleyville returns home to host Hoopa Valley, while the Huskies travel to play Little 4 champions St. Bernard’s. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.At stake is a place in Friday’s Dick Niclai championship game at …last_img

Warriors could get Kevon Looney, other injured contributors back soon

first_imgMEMPHIS — The Warriors could be getting a big addition to an injury-ravaged roster sooner rather than later.Center Kevon Looney, who has missed the last 13 games with a neuropathic condition, will go to Santa Cruz to practice with the Warriors’ G League affiliate, and could be back in the lineup as early as Monday.Looney, 23, will join Golden State when they return to San Francisco over the weekend. At that point, the team will determine if Looney can play in Monday’s game against the …last_img

Emirates crash report suggests engine power came too late

first_imgA Boeing 777-300 destroyed in a fiery crash landed long and its engines were still in idle power as its pilots attempted to perform a go-around last month in Dubai, a preliminary report has revealed.The report by Dubai’s General Civil Aviation Authority on the August 3 service from Trivandrum International Airport in India to Dubai found that the captain took over flying the plane from the co-pilot when an eight-knot headwind turned to a gradually increasing tailwind.As the aircraft’s rear landing gear touched down about 3600ft (1100m) from the threshold of runway 12L, the pilots received an aural runway advisory system warning of “long landing, long landing’’.The nose wheel remained in the air and four seconds later the aircraft became airborne in an attempt to do a go-around (rejected landing). The flaps were raised from the original position of flaps 30 to flaps 20 and two seconds later the landing gear lever was moved to the up position.As the landing gear unlocked and began to retract, the crew responded correctly to an air traffic control clearance to fly straight and climb to 4,000ft.But as the aircraft reached an altitude of 85ft, with an indicated airspeed of 134 knots, it began to sink back towards the runway.Both crewmembers saw the airspeed decreasing and the co-pilot called out “check speed.” “Three seconds before impact with the runway, both thrust levers were moved [manually] from the idle position to full forward,’’ the report said. “The autothrottle transitioned from idle to thrust mode. “Approximately, one second later, a ground proximity warning system aural warning of “Don’t sink, don’t sink’’ was announced.’’By the time the engines responded to the thrust changes , one second before impact, it was too late.The rear of the aircraft hit  the runway at 125 knots with a rate of descent of 900 ft per minute and nose up pitch angle of 9.5 degrees. The engines hit next with the three landing gears still moving towards the retracted position, one of the engines was ripped from the wing and aircraft burst into flames.The plane came to rest adjacent to a taxiway and the passengers and crew evacuated via slides with 23 sustaining minor injuries and a cabin crew member seriously injured. A fire-fighter was also killed fighting the blaze.The does report does not say if or when the crew hit the take-off, go-around (TO/GA power) switches, which activate an automatic go-around, but points to a Boeing 777 flight crew operations manual on the subjectThe Boeing document says the mode remains active “even if the airplane touches down while executing a go-around’’. However, it also notes that TO/GA switches are inhibited on the ground and an automatic go-around cannot be initiated after touchdown.“If a go-around is initiated after touchdown but before thrust reverser selection, continue with normal go-around procedures,’’ it says. “As thrust levers are advanced, auto speedbrakes retract and autobrakes disarm. The flight director go-around mode will not be available until go-around is selected after becoming airborne.”Under the Boeing 777 go-around procedure, a pilot flying pushes the TO/GA switch and call “flaps 20’’ before verifying the rotation to go -around altitude and that the thrust is increasing.The pilot monitoring verifies that the thrust is sufficient for the go-around and adjusts as needed before verifying a positive rate of climb on the altimeter and calling “positive climb’’.The captain then verifies a positive rate of climb and calls “gear up’’ and the pilot monitoring sets the landing gear lever to up.last_img read more

Umalusi: matric exams were fair, credible

first_img31 December 2014The 2014 matric exams were fair and credible, according to Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, despite incidents of copying in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.The council’s chairperson, Professor John Volmink, on Tuesday, 30 December, commended the Department of Basic Education for running a successful and credible examination process.Umalusi has approved the release of the exam results, which were written by 550 127 full-time and 138 533 part-time candidates. The results will be released next week.However, Volmink said Umalusi would not approve the release of the Grade 12 results of 39 centres in KwaZulu-Natal and 19 centres in the Eastern Cape.This was due to evidence of “group copying” in the two provinces shown by the department’s special investigative audit report.“Of the 74 centres identified for auditing in KwaZulu-Natal, 39 were implicated in cheating and of the 43 centres identified in the Eastern Cape, 19 were implicated in group copying,” he said. “Umalusi will therefore not approve the release of the results of these centres.”The organisation was of the view that strong action should be taken against those pupils and supervisors who had “made themselves guilty of these acts of dishonesty”, Volmink said.Gaining the approval of Umalusi for the release of results was determined by the examinations’ level of compliance with policies, directives and guidelines issued by Umalusi and each of the assessment bodies.These include the Department of Higher Education and Training, Benchmark, South African Comprehensive Assessment Institute and Independent Examinations Board.“Umalusi requires that each assessment body provides a report on irregularities,” Volmink said.There were 1 741 examination centres in KwaZulu-Natal and 924 in the Eastern Cape. The irregularities occurred in roughly 2% of the centres.In light of this, Volmink said Umalusi did not view this as compromising the integrity of the examination as a whole in these provinces or the country. Umalusi was satisfied that nothing had compromised the integrity or credibility of the examinations process.“Accordingly, we hereby approve the release of the results of the National Senior Certificate Examinations administered by the Department of Basic Education.”Volmink said Umalusi received irregularity reports from the various assessment bodies and it was pleased that there had been no reports or evidence of leakages of examination papers in any of the examinations.New curriculum put to the testWith the new national Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) programme being tested for the first time at matric level this year, Volmink said it was widely accepted that the CAPS curriculum had strengthened the National Curriculum Statement.CAPS was phased in in 2012 for Grade 10, 2013 for Grade 11, and 2014 for Grade 12.While many subjects had not experienced dramatic content changes from the previous curriculum, Volmink said a number of subjects had undergone significant changes in content or in shifts in format.In total, 58 subjects were presented for standardisation.“After moderation, raw marks were accepted for 35 subjects. This figure represents 60.3% of the subjects. Of the remaining 23 subjects, moderation with some upward shifts towards the average historical learner performance profile was effected on 13 of the subjects; moderation with some downward shifts towards the average historical learner performance profile was effected on 10 subjects,” he said.Maths, science marks fallUmalusi was also reported to have said that the results for mathematics, mathematics literacy and physical science were worse than in 2013.Mathematics had undergone major changes in content with the inclusion of Euclidean geometry and probability, Volmink said in Pretoria on Tuesday, 30 December.He said the curriculum would prove a challenge to most pupils. “This was shown in the learner performance in that there is a significant increase in the failure rate compared with 2013.“However, learners at the top experienced the mathematics examination much easier.”In mathematics literacy pupils did “significantly worse” in 2014 than in any previous year. Upward adjustments were made to the marks at all levels for mathematics literacy. Normal mathematics had no adjustment at the bottom end and a slight downward adjustment at the top end.SAinfo reporter and SANewslast_img read more

Virtual Rewards: The world is your oyster!

first_imgOne of many Virtual Rewards around the worldVirtual Caches are about discovering locations rather than containers. Since August 2017, close to 1,300 new Virtuals have been published in almost 70 countries around the world. We’ve gathered ten of the most iconic, remote, and/or downright quirky Virtual Caches for you to discover.Have you found one of the new Virtual Rewards?Jordan: Ad Dayr (The Monastery) GC7B6VAGetting to Petra is easy… just take a three-hour bus ride from Amman to the canyon where you can either ride a donkey or walk down the narrow canyon and then hike up over many, many rocks. 😉 The journey is absolutely worth it!Germany: Der Geist vom Römerberg (EN, Virtual Reward) GC7B84JWrite your geocaching name on a piece of paper and visit seven stages on this wonderfully Germany Virtual Cache!Mexico: The Great Pyramid of Calakmul GC7BA1MCalakmul was one of the largest and most powerful ancient cities ever uncovered in the Maya lowlands and is now a great archeological site in the jungle. While walking on the numerous paths to Calakmul, you may get extra lucky and see several toucans or even a jaguar!Dominican Republic: Playa Bayahibe – Virtual Reward GC7B9A8Every day speedboats and catamarans travel from Playa Bayahibe to the Isla of Saona and Isla of Catalina, two of the most beautiful islands in the Dominican Republic. This area is a popular destination for day-trippers from the whole region.California: Skinniest House in America – Virtual Reward GC7B6MRFeatured in the Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, this house is only 10 feet wide.Australia: Streets of my town – Melbourne GC7BA59Takes you to five locations featuring Melbourne’s art, architecture, music, food, and coffee culture.Israel: The Temple Mount GC7B6HTThis virtual cache is located on the Temple Mount (Hebrew: הַר הַבַּיִת‎‎, Har HaBáyit, “Mount of the House [of God]”), known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif (Arabic: الحرم الشريف‎‎, al-Ḥaram al-Šarīf, “the Noble Sanctuary”, or الحرم القدسي الشريف, al-Ḥaram al-Qudsī al-Šarīf, “the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem”). It has been venerated as a holy site for thousands of years by Jews, Christians, and Muslims.Japan: Three monkeys GC7B8F8The three monkeys are the most famous carvings of the Nikko Toshogu shrine. The three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil.France: VIRTUAL REWARD 2017-2018 : TOUR EIFFEL GC7B6KTOo la la! If you’ve ever been to Paris, you know that you simply must visit the Eiffel Tower. The way to stay stylish with this Virtual is by taking a photo of the icon between your hands.Portugal: Virtual Viseu GC7B7Y6Viseu is a hub with a strong wine industry and wonderful culture and is considered one of the probable birthplaces of Afonso Henriques, first King of Portugal. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedIntroducing Virtual Rewards!August 24, 2017In “Community”Introducing Virtual Rewards 2.0!May 14, 2019In “News”Inside Geocaching HQ Transcript (Episode 24) Virtual Rewards 2.0May 15, 2019In “Podcast”last_img read more

How To Get Started With Lisp

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finley Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts Few programming languages are as revered as the functional programming language Lisp and its dialects like Common Lisp and Scheme. Yet contributor rahulbatra decided to get started with Lisp and found a lack of common resources for beginners. To rectify the situation, rahulbatra wrote this post highlighting essays, books and resources for all you would-be Lispers out there.rahulbatra recommends starting by reading the essay “The Nature of Lisp.” Here’s a sample:The enlightenment came instantaneously. One moment I understood nothing, and the next moment everything clicked into place. I’ve achieved nirvana. Dozens of times I heard Eric Raymond’s statement quoted by different people: “Lisp is worth learning for the profound enlightenment experience you will have when you finally get it; that experience will make you a better programmer for the rest of your days, even if you never actually use Lisp itself a lot.” I never understood this statement. I never believed it could be true. And finally, after all the pain, it made sense! There was more truth to it than I ever could have imagined. I’ve achieved an almost divine state of mind, an instantaneous enlightenment experience that turned my view of computer science on its head in less than a single second.A few other resources:Loving Lisp, or the Savvy Programmer’s Secret Weapon by Mark Watson. I haven’t read it and don’t know how good it is, but the e-book is available for free.Try Scheme – a web based Scheme console.Yet Another Scheme Tutorialhowto-learn-schemeLisp alien logo by Conrad Barski, M.D.center_img Tags:#hack#How To How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

Rajnath Singh requests Tripura Governor and DGP to check violence

first_imgAmid reports of sporadic violence in Tripura, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday spoke to the State governor and the DGP and asked them to ensure peace till a new government is installed, an official said.During the telephonic calls, Governor Tathagata Roy and DGP A.K. Shukla apprised the Union Home Minister about the prevailing situation in Tripura and steps taken to control the violence, which erupted following the BJP-IPFT alliances victory over the CPI-M, ousting the Manik Sarkar-led government in the just concluded Assembly elections.  Mr. Singh asked the governor and the DGP to check all kinds of violence and ensure peace till a new government is installed in Tripura, the home ministry official said.There have been reports of sporadic violence and clashes between rival political groups in different parts of Tripura after the election results were declared on Saturday.A statue of Left icon Lenin was also demolished at Belonia town in South Tripura yesterday with the help of a bulldozer.Tripura witnessed a change in rule after 25 years in the recently concluded Assembly elections. The BJP demolished the Left citadel in Tripura, winning a two-third majority with its ally, the IPFT. Watch: Statue of Vladimir Lenin brought down in Tripuralast_img read more

Change in demeanor turns things around for NU libero Jennifer Nierva

first_imgMOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Khabib Nurmagomedov doubts Conor McGregor’s retirement is for real Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—National University maintained its place in the race for a Final Four spot in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and a large part of that is thanks to young libero Jennifer Nierva.The Lady Bulldogs fended off Adamson University, 28-26, 30-32, 25-21, 25-22, on Sunday to keep their hopes alive for the semifinals with their 3-7 record giving them a mathematical chance of entering the grand ball.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Nierva did display her calmness on the court with 44 excellent digs and 33 successful receptions leading the Lady Bulldogs to break their three-game skid.“My goal before the start of the game is to be the source of positivity, the source of energy, the source of happiness,” said Nierva, 19. “Since I’m the libero, I have to be stable.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Nierva said that even though she’s a rookie, her team relies on her to bring the stability on and off the floor.After NU’s three-set loss to De La Salle, 25-20, 25-18, 25-10, Nierva left the playing floor in tears, but she changed her demeanor heading into the match against the Lady Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“After that, I thought to myself that I had so much drama,” said Nierva in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I said that I should’ve never cried after our loss and I should always be happy and enjoy the game.”“If I have that kind of demeanor, the happiness will eventually translate to the game because if I’m overly emotional you’ll limit your performance and you won’t play at the best of your abilities.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more