Woman airlifted to hospital after fall at Malin Head

first_imgA successful rescue operation took place this Friday afternoon to help a woman who fell while walking near Banba’s Crown at Malin Head.The casualty was airlifted to hospital after suffering a suspected broken ankle.The rescue was co-ordinated by Malin Head Coast Guard, who received a call from a member of the public at 12.30pm. The Rescue 118 helicopter was tasked to transfer the woman to Letterkenny University Hospital, with assistance from the Greencastle Coast Guard.Woman airlifted to hospital after fall at Malin Head was last modified: August 2nd, 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)last_img read more

Drake inspires Stephen Curry ‘game-worn lint’ auctions on eBay

first_imgOf all Drake’s sideline antics from Game 1 of the NBA Finals, none were more disturbing than when the rapper was seen plucking something out of Stephen Curry’s hair Thursday night.It turns out Drake struck gold when he pulled some lint off the Warriors star’s head. He later playfully suggested he would make a profit off Curry’s lint.last_img

Inflation Claim Crumbles into Dust

first_imgThe much-hyped proof of cosmic inflation a few months ago has been discredited, revealing more about how science is done in the media age than about reality.Back in March (3/17/14), champagne was served in the home of Andrei Linde after young scientists brought him proof of cosmic inflation.  A strong polarization signal “consistent” with inflation was declared by the BICEP2 team in Antarctica after their analysis of data from the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation.  News reporters went wild with the “biggest cosmological discovery in decades.”  There was talk of a Nobel Prize for the three gurus of inflation (Guth, Linde, and Starobinsky), and indeed, those three shared the $1 million Kavli Prize shortly afterward.  (See “Inflation Concocted to Avoid a Young, Perfect Universe,” 7/01/14).By May and June, some reporters were backpedaling, taking a “wait and see” attitude, as data from the ESA’s Planck mission, forthcoming in fall, might bridle the enthusiasm.  Those were the wise reporters.  Newly-announced Planck results show a strong likelihood that BICEP2 was flexing its own weakness.  The signal, it turns out, was most likely due to dust in our local galaxy.  Adrian Cho writes for Science Magazine:A crumbling claim that appeared to reveal the workings of the big bang may instead say more about how science is done in an age of incessant news coverage. In March, researchers working with a specialized telescope at the South Pole, known as BICEP2, claimed that by studying the afterglow of the big bang—the so-called cosmic microwave background—they had discovered direct evidence that the newborn cosmos had undergone a bizarre exponential growth spurt known as cosmic inflation. Now, researchers from the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft have shown that radiation from dust in our galaxy accounts for some, and possibly all, of the BICEP signal. Curiously, the BICEP and Planck teams took very different tacks in publicizing their results. The BICEP team held a press conference and issued a bold press release. The Planck team did not—because they did not want the press to jump to the conclusion that they had definitively proved the BICEP result wrong.The remaining uncertainty may allow the BICEP team to adopt its own “wait and see” attitude and still hold out hope.  Michael Slezak at New Scientist is not so charitable, putting the worst possible spin on the Planck results:Inflation is dead, long live inflation! The very results hailed this year as demonstrating a consequence of inflationary models of the universe – and therefore pointing to the existence of multiverses – now seem to do the exact opposite. If the results can be trusted at all, they now suggest inflation is wrong, raising the possibility of cyclic universes that existed before the big bang.The proof of inflation has become proof of non-inflation?  That’s what David Parkinson of the University of Queensland is now claiming from his own analysis of the results.  Slezak reports:  “Counter to what the BICEP2 collaboration said initially, Parkinson’s analysis suggests the BICEP2 results actually rule out any reasonable form of inflationary theory.”  But there are several inflationary models.  How many of them have been ruled out?  “Most of them, to be honest,” replied Parkinson.The smart money is now betting on the Planck bandwagon, leaving BICEP in the dust.  As if it couldn’t get worse for the inflation bandwagon, Slezak brings in another hostile witness:Paul Steinhardt of Princeton University, who helped develop inflationary theory but is now scathing of it, says this is potentially a blow for the theory, but that it pales in significance with inflation’s other problems.Steinhardt says that the models are oversimplified, for one thing, and for another, once inflation starts, they can’t stop it.  It breaks up into an infinite number of universes, where anything and everything can happen.  So instead of providing understanding to science, it “predicts everything”—anything that is conceivable happens somewhere.  Isn’t that a strength, rather than a weakness?  No, Steinhardt explains:Steinhardt says the point of inflation was to explain a remarkably simple universe. “So the last thing in the world you should be doing is introducing a multiverse of possibilities to explain such a simple thing,” he says. “I think it’s telling us in the clearest possible terms that we should be able to understand this and when we understand it it’s going to come in a model that is extremely simple and compelling. And we thought inflation was it – but it isn’t.”It hardly seems desirable, therefore, for the BICEP2 to cling to any remaining hope that further refinements of the Planck results will support inflation.  Who would want a theory that does the opposite of what science is supposed to do?We’re wondering why Guth & Linde didn’t get the Ig Nobel Prize.  Has there ever been a crazier idea than inflation put forth in the name of science?  Actually, yes; New Scientist reminds us of Hugh Everett, a sophomoric (wise fool) atheist who misused his God-given brain power to suppose that every quantum choice spins off another universe (the “many-worlds” interpretation of quantum mechanics).  That’s another example of what we shall call the Guth Goof: concocting a solution to a problem that makes the problem infinitely worse.  Read again how Alan Guth (Grand Unified Theory Huckster) ran from the light of a perfect, young universe into the darkness of his own imagination (7/01/14; read also 5/17/14 to see he’s not alone). 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Geocaching Employee Spotlight: Tom, Veep of Marketing & Merch

first_imgThis is part of a series of blog posts shining a spotlight on the people of Geocaching HQ. We hope to show you the “geo-who” behind the “geo-what”. 🙂What is your name?Tom PhillipsTom skiingYeah, but what’s your Username?VIATRUHow did you come up with your username?When I first moved to Seattle back in 2000, I worked on a wonderful start up business called World2market. We used the internet to create a global marketplace for third world artisans. It was an amazing project and along the way we considered other company names. One was VIATRU.What is your job title?I am the VP of Marketing and Merchandise here at Geocaching HQTom and one of Geocaching’s little buddies – StumpyWhat does your job title actually mean? In other words, how do you explain what you do to someone that has no idea what you do?I am very privileged to have the opportunity to serve the geocaching community in two ways. 1) I work with our merchandise team to make sure geocachers around the world can find the physical products they need to create, share and enjoy the game of geocaching. 2) I work with our marketing team to make sure the geocaching community stays connected and informed with what’s going on both here at HQ and around the world.Tom (upper right) with come of the Geocaching HQ crew on a team outingTell us about your geocaching style (exotic locations / quality over quantity)?I am definitely an explorer when it comes to Geocaching. I love geocaches that take me somewhere new or challenge me with a new experience. Geocaching has taken me into caves, up trees and into the woods in the middle of the night. I love this stuff!! What’s something that surprises you about geocaching – whether it’s the game itself, working at headquarters, or anything else?From the day I was first introduced to geocaching back in 2004, I have been both inspired and amazed by the enthusiasm, support, creativity and endless imagination of geocachers around the world.Treasure TrackersWhat’s the best piece of geocaching advice or information you ever learned?Three simple words, “Let’s go Geocaching”. I said yes and 12 years later I’m still having a blast!!!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching HQ Employee Spotlight: Senior Software Developer, Dave (Wilson)May 8, 2016In “Community”Geocaching Employee Spotlight: Product Owner & Avid Geocacher, Ben HewittMarch 13, 2016In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 18): Geocaching Map/Search, Adventure Lab app, plus nostalgia!December 20, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

Streaming or Buying Books: Will Readers Choose a Subscription Model for E-Books?

first_imgTags:#E-Books#web Related Posts audrey watters When Amazon launched its new Cloud Drive a few weeks ago, it prompted a debate in the ReadWriteWeb editorial room about whether or not the future of music involved downloads and ownership – as supported by Amazon’s cloud stage – or streaming and subscription – as provided by any number of music startups, like Rdio and Spotify. The ReadWriteWeb writers kept our discussion focused on music, but the debate could easily extend to any number of digital media now in Amazon’s catalogue: movies, magazines, books.We’re familiar with these streaming and subscription services when it comes to music and movies (Netflix, Hulu for example). But books? Will we (can we) rent books?Lit Subscriptions and Banner-Ad Books?A Spanish startup called 24symbols is launching this summer with the promise to do just that: provide a subscription service and become the “Spotify for e-books.” (Much like Spotify, 24symbols won’t be available at launch in the U.S.)24symbols will offer an ad-supported and a subscription-based access to e-books, the latter running about 10€ per month. The books are all DRM-free, but 24symbols is entirely cloud-based. In other words, books are streamed, not downloaded for reading.While we can probably wrap our reads around a Netflix or Spotify for e-books, that bit about ads in our literature might be anethema to many. I mean, how dare they! I poked around on the 24symbols website, but I don’t see examples of how those ads will appear. Flashing banners in the margins just won’t do, and it will be interesting to see how 24symbols – now in beta – will actually look. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… What’s on the 24symbols Bookshelf?As Booksprung notes in its review of the new service, one of the most interesting things about 24symbols isn’t simply that it’s offering books by subscription. It’s how it’s splitting the revenue. On some levels, it’s actually adopting the funding model that fuels much of the Internet: pageviews: “The company says it will create a standard page measurement as a specific number of words, and apply that to all texts equally when splitting up ad and subscription revenue.”As the reading is all done online, 24symbols will have some fascinating data about readership — like, at what point in a novel do people just chuck it aside. It’s not clear that all of that information will be shared with authors and publishers, but data about page views will serve in part to determine revenue share. Will this ad-supported, pageview oriented model help keep content farms out of e-books? After all, it would be difficult to make much money with your spammy, scammy e-books if people don’t get past the opening paragraph.The content farms may steer clear of 24symbols, then, but will book publishers join? That may be the thing to watch, for as GigaOm’s Michael Wolf suggests, publishers may be better served by a Hulu for e-books, where they set the terms of the publications.Book Buyer or Book Subscriber? What About Loans? (What About Libraries?)E-book subscriptions may sound like a new and exciting model for readers, authors, and the publishing industry. But there’s already an “all-you-can-eat” model for books: libraries. That library card gets you access to all the books you want, for free.Libraries are already finding themselves at odds with some publishers when it comes to e-books – not notably HarperCollins with its 26 checkout limit. If a new model for the publishing industry becomes a subscription-based one, how will library loans fit in? It will be interesting to watch the launch of 24symbols this summer and to see which publishers and authors play along and how many customers are interested. As my ReadWriteWeb colleagues and I debated with the launch of the Amazon Cloud Drive – we may be moving away from the idea of “owning” our digital content. Will e-books be the next content that we subscribe to and stream? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Eight coaches of Mahakaushal Express derail in UP

first_imgEight coaches of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed in the wee hours on Thursday near Mahoba station in Uttar Pradesh.According to initial reports, around nine passengers of the Delhi-bound train were injured in the incident which took place at 2:07 a.m, the Chief Public Relations Officer, North Central Railway said.The official said an accident relief train has also been rushed to the site and the injured have been given first-aid.Around eight coaches from the rear side of the train derailed between Mahoba and Kulpahar stations, the CPRO said.Senior officials, including the general manager of North Central Railway M C Chauhan, have rushed to site and rescue operations are on.The cause of derailment is yet to be ascertained.Railway officials have operationalised helplines at Jhansi, Gwalior, Banda and Nizamuddin stations to disseminate information to relatives of the passengers. Ex-gratia announcedRailways announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 50,000 in case of grievous injury and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries in the Mahakaushal Express derailment today.last_img read more

Lakers’ Ingram alters shooting stroke, has grown 2 more inches—report

first_imgIsaiah Austin arrives in Manila, ready to get to work for Gilas The 20-year-old may have taken the task too literally—as he reportedly hit a growth spurt and has grown an inch or two, according to Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell.“I think he’s at least 6’10”. He might be 6’11,” Trudell said of Ingram, who was initially listed at 6’9 during his rookie season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think he might be 6’11”, if not 7 feet,” he shared during an episode of ESPN LA’s “Thompson and Trudell Show”.Aside from possibly adding more height to his already rangy frame, Trudell claims that the 2016 2nd overall pick has also altered his shooting mechanics and developed his leg strength. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Ingram’s improvement was on display during the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League, but had to sit out the rest of the tourney after just one game due to an injury.Since then, the sports journalist said the lanky forward has progressed even more.“You’re just going to have to take my word for it for now until you watch him play,” Trudell said. “I think you’re going to be very pleasantly surprised to see Brandon Ingram.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:NBA: Brandon Ingram is the only ‘untouchable’ Laker, says Magic JohnsonADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brandon Ingram. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)The Los Angeles Lakers is fully embracing its youth movement in their quest to return as the NBA’s elite.But to be back atop the extremely tough NBA Western Conference, the “Purple and Gold” is heavily dependent on the potential growth of incoming second-year player Brandon Ingram.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ View comments Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Houses for Hurricane Victims Soon

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, has advised that some 158 houses, which are being constructed for victims of Hurricane Sandy, in Portland, St. Mary and St. Thomas, are at various stages of completion. Additionally, she said 20 bases have been completed and are ready for the installation of houses. The Minister was speaking at the Jamaica House media briefing, held on December 19, at the Office of the Prime Minister. “We hope that by the 25th of December, we will be able to hand over 200 houses to families who had lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy. And we hope that by the end of the year, we will hand over 250 houses as we had promised,” she said. The project, which commenced in November, is being jointly undertaken by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing and Food for the Poor. Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, indicated during a Jamaica House Media Briefing in November that some 28 houses had been completed up to that point. He also advised thatthe assistance of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) engineering unit had been enlisted to expedite the construction of the houses for victims, and have them completed by Christmas Day, December 25. “We have to thank the JDF. They have been on the ground. They have 80 officers deployed in St. Mary, and once they are finished with the works in St. Mary, they will move on to the other areas of the island,” Senator Falconer said.last_img read more

Woman found dead in bathroom of her house

first_imgNew Delhi: A woman was found dead in the bathroom of her house in Delhi’s Mandawali area, according to Delhi Police.Mandawali police station received a call at about 2:52 pm on Sunday that a woman, identified as Poonam by police, had locked herself in her house for two days. When police reached the spot, the caller identified himself as the 45-year-old woman’s brother. He told police that she lived alone in the house and was not receiving his calls for two days. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice said that the deceased’s brother entered through the window, in the presence of the PCR team and discovered his sister’s dead body in the bathroom. DCP (East), Jasmeet Singh said that five years ago Poonam had lost her husband, whom she was married to for 17 years. She had been living alone since then and was suffering from depression, he added. DCP Singh also mentioned that no injury marks were present on the body and that no foul play is suspected in this case. Police added that necessary inquest proceedings have been initiated.last_img read more

Clean Ganga scheme fantastic community project

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a cultural faith-based perspective towards the Ganga and there will be an “Indian solution” to a clean river, says Justice Michael D Wilson of the Hawaii Supreme Court who has played a leading role in establishing a court that specialises in environmental laws in the US state.He says “Modi cares about the river” and dubbed the government’s National Mission for Clean Ganga scheme as a fantastic community project. “When somebody goes into the Ganga, they are not just getting wet. They are getting inspired. It’s a fantastic community project. Ganga has not been abandoned despite all the poisoning, people still revere it. So I think it will be cleaned up. There will be an Indian solution which will have an epic approach,” Justice Wilson told PTI in an interaction. “This is a culture which believes in longevity – a commitment that is reflected in over 2000 years of culture and faith. People of India are committed to changing the present trend of global warming and unacceptable levels of carbon emissions. Their commitment is power – it is cultural,” he says. On being asked about similarities between Donald Trump and Modi, Justice Wilson says there is a big difference between the two leaders and the Indian prime minister cares about the river. “People compare him to Trump. There can be some comparisons which can be made, but there is a big difference. I know all politicians have certain amount of hyperbole and rhetoric but I don’t doubt that the prime minister of India cares about the river Ganges. He cares about the river. This is the big difference between the Prime Minister of India and the President of the United States. Prime minister Modi’s commitment is one of faith. “I don’t know where I can find that commitment level in the executive branch of USA. The prime minister of India has a personal cultural perspective towards Ganga,” Justice Wilson says. Expressing concern over the rise in air pollution , the judge says this is not a complicated issue and just a matter of will. He says there is a need to pass a law that puts a cap on pollution and public transport system needs to be strengthened besides replacing the cars on the roads. “It’s not a matter of difficult administrative theory or science. It’s known from where the contamination is coming from. The major problems are burning of fossil fuel and agricultural residue. Most of the poisoning is of poor children. The fact that India has a high percentage of young people in population, it is a very strong indication of power in terms of civil participation,” the judge says. Justice Wilson also spoke at the ‘Green Law’ lecture on “Environmental Justice and the Rule of Law: Role of the Judiciary and Judges”, organised here by the O P Jindal Global University (JGU) and the WWF-India. The judge was here on the invitation of JGU VC C Raj Kumar. PTIlast_img read more