The scene of the arson attack in the early hours of FridayBREAKING NEWS: Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating the double arson attacks in Convoy, Donegal Daily can reveal.The men were detained at separate addresses in east Donegal following an intensive Garda investigation since the attacks on an Orange Hall and Presbyterian Church in the early hours of last Friday.It’s understood a number of searches have also taken place as a result of the fast-moving Garda inquiries. The Orange Hall was destroyed in the arsonists’ attack.A bible was set alight at the nearby Presbyterian Church but thankfully the fire there did not take hold.There has been widespread condemnation of the October 3rd incidents which have sickened the community in Convoy.Church leaders from all sides have come together to say those behind the incidents will not be allowed to divide the community. The Convoy attacks came just three weeks after an Orange Hall in Newtowncunningham was also destroyed in an arson incident.It’s understood the two men arrested in east Donegal will also be questioned about that incident. BREAKING NEWS: GARDAÍ ARREST TWO MEN IN CONVOY ARSON INVESTIGATION was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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:arrestsarsonattacksconvoyOrange Hallsectarian
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescu Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It was a packed house Tuesday night at Busby’s East in Los Angeles as online video heavyweights gathered to discuss the future of the medium. Tubefilter founder Drew Baldwin moderated a panel that featured Chill co-founder and chief-executive Brian Norgard, mainstream actor turned online director Michael Urie, and Dan Dobi, the filmmaker behind the YouTube documentary “Please Subscribe” (ironically, not available on YouTube).The forum was hosted by pay-to-play social video services Tubefilter and Chill. Last week, Chill debuted Chill Direct, a marketing tool inspired by comedian Louis C.K.‘s direct-to-consumer model, allowing creators to sell content direct to fans with a 70/30 profit share. (See Chill Direct: A Farm System For Video Distribution). The audience of 100 plus was treated to the panel’s insights on the current state and future of online video, and why creative control, community building and the changing economics of video will make the platform sustainable. Why It WorksWhile the studio system market for buying films is small, the market for people to pay for films is huge, said Norgard. But if supply is determined by demand, then something is wrong with the current mainstream distribution system, and by extension, this is one major reason there’s such a big market for online content. “You can’t just make an indie movie and get into a festival,” said Urie, who parlayed his success (and cash) from ABC’s Ugly Betty series to direct his own film, “Thank You For Judging.” But Urie added that it’s no longer a failure to not sell your film to the studios. He knew his film wasn’t Sundance material and if he took it to a small festival, he wouldn’t get sales. So Urie chose to take his finished project straight to Chill Direct. As did Dobi, who says he doesn’t expect his YouTube doc to be on that platform for several years.Dobi, who described himself as a filmmaker who doesn’t go to the movies, says he watches more content on his computer than in theaters (and via BitTorrent and pirated software to boot). He thinks the affordable model of streaming video alongside of keeping people in the comfort of their homes, makes this platform attractive. “If something’s affordable, people are going to pay for it,” Dobi said.Both Urie and Dobi think smaller films have a better chance online than they would in mainstream channels. As consumers keep voting with views (and increasingly with dollars) moving away from mainstream media and demanding premium online video, Norgard said he expects this will help reorganize the current economics of the system. Unlike iTunes or other services difficult for regular people to get into, open platforms let creators bring along their own communities of followers and brand advocates, and let them quickly build new followings – depending on the quality of the content they release.Norgard added that this kind of content has a longer shelf-life than traditional media, which often quickly fade to obscurity if not seen in the right amount of theaters, or when they are sold to a television network after the theatrical release. Conversely, online content can be viewed and shared for as long as the material is available online. And it can then be sold and distributed to major networks and content providers at any time. “The digital/social window could make the theatrical window look like a side car,” Norgard quipped. Straight From The Horse’s Mouth…Actresses turned YouTubers Kimmy Kim and Frutron have been making episodic short videos for the past year. They have a following, but said they’ve made enough money to buy a burger, blender and a cheese grater. The 20-something L.A. transplants attended the meetup not knowing what to expect, and left excited to get involved with new platforms.“We weren’t quite sure what it was all about and how sustainable it is and if its working for people,” said Kimmy Kim. But “people sounded really excited about the possibliies of it. There are even more options for us. It’s encouraging for us, because we can do that too.”The creators took to YouTube to create more personal material, but like many others their goal is to use their content as a springboard to television and feature films, Frutron said. They hope to use the pay-to-play format as a forum to try to do just that, and make some money along the way. “We’re all experimenting,” Kimmy Kim said. “We’re still at the let’s see what sticks phase.”Photo courtesy of Brian Norgard. Related Posts Tags:#online video 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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ADC AUTHOR More details of the President’s budget request will start to emerge in coming days as Pentagon leaders testify on the President’s budget request. Here are upcoming hearings to follow, some of which will stream online:Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein will testify Wednesday morning in the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.Cyber Command leaders appear before the House Armed Services Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee Wednesday afternoon.Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford and Principal Deputy Under Secretary Elaine McCusker will be before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday morning.Air Force acquisitions officials testify before the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee Thursday morning.DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro
Hayabusa2 sent two Minerva rovers down to Ryugu. Rover-1A snapped this dramatic image of the asteroid in September. JAXA It’s a good thing asteroid Ryugu doesn’t have feelings. Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission has not been treating the space rock with kid gloves. It blasted the asteroid’s surface in early April with an explosives-filled copper cannonball. Now it’s finally been able to assess the damage.Hayabusa2 flew in close to Ryugu this week to examine the results of the Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI) experiment. It discovered a crater where the collision went down. A before-and-after GIF shows the rearrangement of the landscape. [CRA2] Crater formation where the Small Carry-on Impactor collided with Ryugu has been confirmed! These images compare the surface before and after the SCI collision. pic.twitter.com/BZPYlHhSjs— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) April 25, 2019 1 Comment Explore asteroid Ryugu with Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft Sci-Tech Hayabusa2 has had a full schedule of asteroid activities since it arrived at Ryugu in mid-2018. So far, it’s sent tiny rovers to explore the surface and fired a bullet at the asteroid to collect some dust and debris to bring back to Earth.The Hayabusa2 team will consider making a second touchdown on the asteroid to pick up sample material from the new crater. JAXA called the SCI project “the world’s first collision experiment with an asteroid.” It was designed to expose the asteroid’s sub-surface, and it looks like it did a fine job of that. Share your voice Tags Space 12 Photos This video shows the descent of the SCI (Small Carry-on Impactor) made from images captured at 2 second intervals just after separation from Hayabusa2 by the onboard TIR (Thermal Infrared Camera). In the background, you can see the surface of Ryugu 500m away. pic.twitter.com/O5niPDb2XI— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) April 21, 2019 The terrain shifted across an area about 66 feet (20 meters) wide. JAXA said in a tweet it was surprised by the size of the artificial crater. Hayabusa2 will examine the spot more closely in the future.This was Hayabusa2’s first good look at its SCI work. The spacecraft had to duck out of the way to avoid any ejected material when it originally sent the cannonball packing at a speed of 4,474 miles per hour (2 kilometers per second). JAXA previously shared a GIF showing the dramatic SCI descent toward Ryugu.
The current year has proved to be a profitable one for investors applying for initial public offerings (IPOs) of companies, with six of the 10 listings delivering returns to investors upwards of 20 percent. In this context, it needs to be pointed out that two companies that recently closed their public offers â€” Quess Corp and Mahanagar Gas Limited â€” saw their issues oversubscribed, with Mahanagar listing at a 28 premium. Quess Corp, whose IPO was oversubscribed 144 times, will get listed shortly.The six companies that closed at a premium on Thursday to their issue price include Ujjivan Financial Services, Parag Milk Food, Equitas Holding, Thrycoare Technologies, Teamlease Services and Narayana Hrudayalaya.Ujjivan Financial ServicesShares of microfinance company Ujjivan Financial Services was the most profitable IPO for investors, delivering a return of almost 100 percent to its issue price of Rs. 210.On Friday, the Ujjivan stock was trading at Rs. 413.15 at around 3.15 p.m. on the BSE, a profit of . 97 percent to the issue price.The third-largest microfinance company had come up with an IPO comprising fresh issue of 1.7 crore shares and offer for sale of 2.5 crore shares by its existing shareholders in April-May. The issue was oversubscribed almost 40 times.Equitas HoldingsEquitas Holdings shares have also delivered good returns for investors. The diversified financial services company had issued its equity shares at Rs. 110, having come out with an IPO similar to that of Ujjivan Financial Services â€” fresh equity and offer for sale. The public offer was open between April 5 and 7 and the issue was oversubscribed 16 times.Shares of Equitas Holdings were trading at Rs. 181.05 on Friday on the BSE at around 3.15 p.m., a profit of 65 percent to its issue price.Teamlease ServicesThe staffing solutions company has also given good returns to investors who had applied for its IPO. The stock was trading at Rs. 1,109.50 on the BSE, up 30.47 percent from its issue price of Rs. 850. However, the stock listed below the issue price on its debut on Feb. 12 on the stock exchanges. The price band was fixed as Rs.785-850 by the company and the three-day public issue opened on Feb. 2, 2016.While Quess Corp is due for listing, L&T Infotech IPO opens on July 11. The company is offering 1.75 crore shares (offer for sale) in a price band of Rs. 705-710 per share.Another company that has plans to go public is PNB Housing Finance Limited, a subsidiary of Punjab National Bank.
Chinese consul general in Kolkata of West Bengal in India Ma Zhanwu on Wednesday said that Myanmar and Bangladesh would benefit from the bullet train project. Photo: flickrChinese consul general in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu has said his country was mooting a bullet train service between Kunming and Kolkata, traversing through Myanmar and Bangladesh, reports NDTV.With joint efforts of India and China, a high-speed rail link could be established between the two cities, Zhanwu said at a conference in Kolkata on Wednesday.“It will only take a few hours to reach Kolkata from Kunming if the rail link becomes a reality,” he asserted.The envoy also said that Myanmar and Bangladesh would benefit from the project, the report added.“We may have a cluster of industries along the route. That increases the possibility of economic development of countries involved in the 2,800 km-long project,” he maintained.The project had also found mention at the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) meet in Kunming in 2015, he said.The rail route was aimed at boosting trade flow in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) corridor, Zhanwu said, adding that his country has been striving for the revival of Silk Route to increase connectivity from Kunming to Kolkata, the report further said.Asserting that the much-vaunted Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is not a scheme designed by China to conquer the world or its neighbourhood, the consul general said the project is all about “shared benefits and development” through consultations and discussions.
© 2012 Phys.org Explore further Image: Naturwissenschaften, DOI: 10.1007/s00114-012-0956-7 The work by Vršanský el al comes on the heels of news that a rare species of cockroach, Lucihormetica luckae, specimens of which were found on the slope of a volcano before its subsequent eruption, appear to glow to mimic the click beetle which lives in the same general area. Click beetles glow, researchers believe, to warn predators of its toxic nature, thus preserving itself. The cockroach that mimics it on the other hand is not toxic, but it’s markings are so similar that it appears it evolved it’s luminescent abilities for the express purpose of fooling predators into thinking it was a click beetle and thus toxic.Vršanský and colleagues believe it’s possible that land dwelling bioluminescent species came to exist only after nocturnal life on land diversified to the point where such an ability would be useful. They also theorize that it’s possible that it took longer for bioluminescence to evolve in land creatures because of the toxic nature of the chemicals involved in growing glowing organs. Marine animals live in a colder and in some sense cleaner environment, it’s easy to wash away residue. Land species on the other hand would have had to evolve a way dispose of the toxins in a way that didn’t harm its carrier.The team also notes that because land dwelling bioluminescent species are so rare, it’s likely they might be at risk of disappearing altogether. L. luckae might be gone already, as no specimens have been found since the volcano on which it lived, erupted. And the most evident example of them all, the firefly has been found to be dwindling in numbers over the past decade as well. More information: Light-mimicking cockroaches indicate Tertiary origin of recent terrestrial luminescence, Naturwissenschaften, DOI: 10.1007/s00114-012-0956-7AbstractBioluminescence is a common feature of the communication and defence of marine organisms, but this phenomenon is highly restricted in the terrestrial biota. Here, we present a geographical distribution of only the third order of luminescent insects—luminescent cockroaches, with all 13 known and/or herein reported new living species (based on deposited specimens). We show that, for the first time, photo-characteristics of three examined species are nearly identical with those of toxic luminescent click beetles, which they mimic. These observations are the evidence for the mimicry by light—a new type of defensive, Batesian and interordinal mimicry. Our analysis surprisingly reveals an evolutionary novelty of all living luminescent insects, while in the sea (and possibly in the soil) luminescence is present also phylogenetically in very primitive organisms. Mushroom lights up the night in Brazil: Researcher finds bioluminescent fungus not seen since 1840 Journal information: Naturwissenschaften Citation: Researchers seek to explain why there are so few land dwelling bioluminescent species (2012, August 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-bioluminescent-species.html (Phys.org)—Visitors to the world’s oceans are likely to find a wide variety of bioluminescent creatures, especially as they descend to depths where sunlight can’t reach. The ability to glow has evolved in underwater organisms for a variety of reasons, from attracting prey to helping find a mate. On land however, things are very different. Other than 13 known species of insects, which of course include the firefly, very few other creatures have evolved the ability to glow and now, new research suggests that virtually all of them evolved much more recently than did marine dwellers. Peter Vršanský and colleagues from the Slovak Academy of Sciences have found after studying the collective history of all known bioluminescent species that land dwellers apparently evolved from a single source some sixty five million years ago, whereas their marine counterparts first came about closer to four hundred million years ago. Their paper describing their findings has been published in the journal Naturwissenschaften. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kids fly free with TravelBrands Cruises’ latest promotion Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, April 12, 2019 MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands Cruises is making family travel much more affordable with a new kids fly free promotion.The limited-time offer allows children 12 and under to fly free when booking a cruise vacation with TravelBrands Cruises, by Encore Cruises.Applicable on new individual bookings made between April 10-20, 2019, the offer is valid on any six-night (or longer) sailing in a balcony stateroom or above, for departures between April and August 2019. There is a maximum of two children aged 12 or younger when sharing a stateroom with two adults.Free air will be in the form of an air credit.“With so many different destinations and onboard activities, a cruise is the ultimate choice when booking a family vacation,” said Nathalie Tanious, senior vice president, commercial, TravelBrands. “We wanted Canadian families to enjoy summer break and decided that this offer for kids to fly free would be the best way to make a splash.”Cruise line partners include: Azamara Club Cruises; Carnival Cruise Line; Celebrity Cruises; Costa Cruises; Disney Cruise Line; Holland America Line; MSC Cruises; Norwegian Cruise Line; Princess Cruises; and Royal Caribbean International.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthTravel agents can visit travelbrandsaccess.com to make qualifying cruise bookings for their clients. Tags: Encore Cruises, Promotions, TravelBrands, TravelBrands Cruises Posted by Travelweek Group