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December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThere is a fine line between an emergency having a successful or a tragic outcome, and it is fortunate that the stars aligned to prevent a true disaster at Magheroarty beach on Tuesday.Fifteen lives were saved in a major rescue operation after swimmers got caught in a riptide at the West Donegal beach yesterday eveningStaff and young students of the local Gael Linn summer college were swimming near the beach when the tide unexpectedly took them out to sea. The majority of the group were teenagers who were in difficulty for approximately 20 minutes as the alarm was raised. A number of lucky factors combined with the quick action and expertise of emergency crews ensured all 15 were brought to safety.“We got the emergency 999 calls yesterday from people reporting persons in the water. We scrambled the Sligo Rescue 118 helicopter and lucky enough it was up on an exercise over Donegal Bay,” said Dara O’Malley-Daly, Station Officer with the Coast Guard at Malin Head.Rescue 118 at the scene at Machaire Rabhartaigh. Photo: Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig“The local Coast Guard Mulroy team and the HSE ambulances were tasked.“A pan-pan emergency message was issued to call on any vessel in the sea to come to assist. Luckily there was local fishing boats around and the Tory-Magheraroarty Ferry answered the call. “We are very fortunate that members of the public phoned in using 999 and we are very lucky that fishermen responded to the call. Between the people on the shore, the local vessels and the emergency services, everyone was saved.“There is a fine line between success and everything going south, as we say,” Mr O’Malley-Daly said.The swimmers were treated for shock, cold and the effects of hypothermia. Nine were airlifted to Letterkenny University Hospital and one person was transported by ambulance.Nine of the group were discharged on Tuesday night after assessments. The college principal was also in the water and is believed to be still in hospital and making a good recovery.“I can imagine the principal was trying his hardest to save the students,” Mr O’Malley-Daly said. Riptides can appear in the water around Donegal’s beaches at certain times of the year.“It is like a river of water going out from the shore. You can’t swim against it. Our advice is to swim parallel to it and you will get out. Then line up with something on the shore and swim ashore,” Mr O’Malley-Daly said.“It is very frightening when something is pulling you out but the main thing is not to panic, which is easier said than done, the riptide actually dissipates once it goes out for a period of time.“And if anyone sees someone in difficulty they should call the Coast Guard on 999/112 “The one thing you can’t take back is time, and fortunately there were people on the beach to ring yesterday,” he said.Mr O’Malley-Daly also advised that people should only swim on lifeguarded beaches.He said: “Sadly at the station, we have been in situations where people have lost their lives in 5 or 10 seconds. The kids yesterday were in difficulty for about 20 minutes up to when the alarm was raised so thankfully this was a good outcome.”Magheroarty Rescue: ‘Lucky’ factors prevented tragedy at sea was last modified: August 16th, 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:Magheroartylast_img read more

December 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups Twilio offers a variety of usages including notifications, phone polls, call forwarding, voice transcription and triaging. If a client needs a reminder during the holidays you can automate a message and pre-program it to call them on a specific date. If you want to remain available in case of an emergency, you can forward a list of pre-determined numbers to your mobile while leaving the rest in voicemail. And if you’re looking to create a simple directory, you can use Twilio to create a list of people, options or customer service contacts. In late September ReadWriteWeb covered Buzzeromatic’s latest Twilio-based door application. In this case, users can grant timed building access to visitors by programming the door buzzer with a password. Rather than waiting for deliveries, Twilio ensures that you’re warm at home when deliveries arrive to your building entryway. At this early stage, we know we’re just scratching the surface on all of Twilio’s capabilities. If you’ve hacked together a cool application or holiday game plan using Twilio or a similar service, let us know in the comments below. Related Posts Holidays can be a tough time for those of us with startup companies. While the rest of the world is carving turkeys, lighting Menorahs and singing carols, we’re sneaking moments away from family to check our messages. You’ve created your vacation responses, forwarded your phone to voice mail and emailed your emergency contacts to clients. But a good business person makes sure services run smoothly, even during the holidays. Twilio may be one company that can help. Twilio is a web-service API that allows businesses to build their own customizable phones services and communications apps. Hosted on Amazon Web Services, Twilio’s infrastructure grows depending on customer demand. The company’s per-call pricing model is affordable and after watching CEO Jeff Lawson demo the service, we were surprised to see how user-friendly it truly is. At this week’sSF New Tech Event, Lawson was given 5 minutes to set up a conference call. After 10 lines of code he had a call-in number, mute settings, admin prompts and more than 50 members of the audience calling in during his live demo. After seeing the audience respond to the service, we realized that Twilio would be a great for putting your company on holiday autopilot. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

December 15, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTags:#automotive#Autonomous#Chevrolet#Cruise Automation#driverless#Ford#General Motors#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#Silicon Valley#Tesla#Waymo General Motors announced on Thursday a major expansion of its self-driving operations in Silicon Valley.The automaker intends to hire 1,100 people and double the research and development space available for its self-driving subsidiary, Cruise Automation.See Also: Automotive 2.0: The new road ahead to autonomous vehiclesGM has, in collaboration with Cruise, been testing 50 Chevrolet Bolt cars in San Francisco, Arizona, and Detroit for over a year. Rumors suggest GM will heavily expand the amount of self-driving vehicles on the road next year, to potentially number in the thousands.“As autonomous car technology matures, our company’s talent needs will continue to increase,” said Cruise Automation’s CEO, Kyle Vogt. “Accessing the world-class talent pool that the San Francisco Bay Area offers is one of the many reasons we plan to grow our presence in the state.”GM following Ford?The expansion comes a few weeks after Ford, its main competitor in the U.S., announced a $1 billion investment in Argo AI, to be sent over the next five years. The investment gives Ford access to a talent-filled startup working on all sorts of autonomous technology.General Motors has not set a clear roadmap for its self-driving program, unlike Ford, which wants to have a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021. Both automakers are likely to launch ride-sharing services for the self-driving cars, GM may use Lyft as the default service.Other competitors, including Waymo and Tesla, want to see self-driving cars on the road earlier, but lack the manufacturing (Waymo) and distribution (Tesla) prowess of GM and Ford. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Related Posts David Currycenter_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday welcomed the Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to withdraw ‘general consent’ to the CBI for carrying out raids and investigations in the State. “[Chief Minister] Chandrababu Naidu has rightly barred the entry of CBI in his State… Previously there was no such need but times have changed because instructions are being sent to the CBI from the BJP party office. There are such provisions, we have read the Constitution as well,” Ms. Banerjee said at a core committee meeting of her party in Kolkata.last_img read more

November 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment
first_imgLena Dunham showed up for the Emmys in an awkward pink confection and Kerry Washington went for a bright orange dress with dark sparkle peeking out from underneath, but it was the reds and blues that dominated the carpet Monday.And neutrals, too.These ladies sure did sizzle in their red and blue numbers on the red carpetOn Team Red were best actress in a comedy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who looked a bit pinched in a tight Carolina Herrera, and Christina Hendricks in a gaudy, one-shoulder Marchesa with yards and yards of draping fabric, loud floral embroidery at the waist and a plunging neckline.Julia Roberts, at 46, had fashion observers near speechless as she showed off her legs in a bubbly beaded mini in deep blue. Keke Palmer, of “The Trip to Bountiful,” wowed in a blue cobalt trumpet-shaped gown from Rubin Singer. Layers of fabric skimmed the gown, and a structured strapless bodice was cut in a deep V.Baby bumps represented. Hayden Panettiere (who announced it’s a girl) lovingly stroked her belly in a metallic fitted gown. Amanda Peet, pregnant with her third child, was in an unfortunate, empire-waisted floral.Hayden Panettiere showed off her baby bump in effortless fashionWashington bucked the color trend in fitted orange Prada with a high slit and beaded front pleats.”I saw it hanging there and I knew it was a contender,” she told The Associated Press. “I threw it on during a lunch break when I was shooting `Scandal’ and fell in love.”advertisementSofia Vergara, always a red carpet stunner, went for a more classic look in a fitted white Roberto Cavalli gown with a space agey bodice that showed less of her cleavage than usual.Sofia Vergara donned a more conservative look on the red carpet this time roundAllison Janney, who won best supporting actress in a comedy for her “Mom” role, looked anything but: Her velvet magenta gown seriously hugged her in all the right places.”I love this dress because it makes me look like I have the tiniest waist. I put this on and everyone was like, `Done!'”Taylor Schilling and her “Orange is the New Black” crew walked early – Schilling dressed in a lighter-than-air, pale halter gown with subtle sparkle and fellow cast member Uzo Aduba in strapless red.”I enjoy a nice non-color,” Schilling joked on E! “It just felt sort of timeless.”Aduba has been having big fun in fashion since the Netflix show has grown popular. Earlier this month, she won a Creative Arts Emmy for her role as Crazy Eyes.”I wanted something beautiful,” she told the AP of her custom Christian Siriano.Laverne Cox, another of the show’s co-stars, chatted on the carpet in a caped, white gown by one her favorite designers, Marc Bouwer. Fred Leighton diamonds were sewn into the dress that sported a chest-baring neckline.Robin Wright decided against a dress altogether. She wore a Ralph Lauren Collection custom silk jumpsuit in cream with a tuxedo-style front and wide open back to her waist.Kit Harington of “Game of Thrones” represented early for the men, wearing a serious scowl like his character and sporting a top-knot.last_img
October 14, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN NewsAt the time, Alexis Joveneau was highly regarded in the Innu community of Pakuashipi and La Romaine (Unamen Shipu). The missionary from Belgium had such an effect on the Innu that for years they kept their silence about what he was doing.Joveneau didn’t just have a hold on the Innu – Canada and the province of Quebec threatened to pull all subsidies from the community if they didn’t follow his plan. But as it turned out, Joveneau was a sexual predator.Simone Bellefleur was nine years old when she was abused for the first time by Joveneau. “Now I notice things what this priest put us through I always felt anger,” said Simone Bellefleur who was nine years old when she was first abused by Joveneau. He harassed and molested many young Innu girls and women during his years along the northern shores of the St. Lawrence river – with impunity. Joveneau first arrived in Unamen Shipu in 1953.The missionary (Oblate) learned the Innu language and translated religious courses and the mass in Innu.He stayed 39 years and died in 1992.(Alexis Joveneau in an undated photo)He is buried in Unamen Shipu. The government gave him control of the welfare cheques to distribute to the Innu.Hi plan was to move the Innu of Pakuashipi to Unamen Shipu, 300 km west along the St. Lawrence River.“I was carrying this anger within me,” Bellefleur told the commissioners. “What frustrated me and angers me today I am a mother I always want to be violent against my daughter.”Catholicism is still being practiced by many Innu communities today. But Bellefleur said she decided to take another path after attending a Sundance Ceremony a decade ago. “That is where I saw the faith of my ancestors my grandparents, grandfathers, grandmothers,” she said. “And now I live my life with these aboriginal beliefs they are part of my life and it has been some ten years that I am following a spiritual path.”As part of her healing, she also made recommendations to the inquiry. “I made my recommendation for us to receive a camp with a therapy centre because everyone needs it,” she said.last_img read more

September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Close Who is former Russian spy Sergei Skripal? The forensic tent, covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, is repositioned by officials in protective suits in the centre of Salisbury, Britain, March 8, 2018ReutersThe US imposed its second round of sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal in the United Kingdom in 2018.The sanctions were imposed under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act). “The United States is announcing the second round of sanctions on Russia for its use of a “novichok” nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2018,” US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement released on Saturday.The sanctions include US opposition “to the extension of any loan or financial or technical assistance” to Russia by international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It also imposes export licensing restrictions on Department of Commerce-controlled goods and technology.The sanctions will come into effect following a 15-day congressional notification period – around August 15 – and will remain in place for a minimum of 12 months, the statement read.Nerve agent poisoningThe US government had initially imposed sanctions on Russia in 2018 after Russian spy Sergei Skripals and double agent for the US was exposed to a nerve agent.The sanctions included restrictions on arms sales and exports of critical goods as well as the termination of US assistance in Russia. The recent sanctions echo the previous one and details that the act endangered “thousands of lives in Salisbury and Amesbury and caused the hospitalisation of the Skripals, a British police officer and two civilians, one of whom subsequently died from her exposure.” IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:05Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:04?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … In September 2018, UK officials arrested Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov for conspiracy to murder and attempted murder of the Skripals.The nerve agent attack which was revealed to be military-grade and developed by the former Soviet Union in the 1970s-80s was highly condemned by the international community for the usage of chemical warfare weapons.Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations.Both the US and Russia initiated a diplomatic war resulting in mass expulsions of diplomats from both in Russia and the western countries.last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA cloud of smoke is seen after an explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan on 22 May 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. — ReutersA minibus packed with explosives blew up in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday causing dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting continued across the country during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.The blast, near one of the city’s main markets, sent a huge cloud of dust and smoke into the air.Nematullah Barak, head of Mirwais hospital in Kandahar, said six dead and more 30 wounded, including several children, had been brought in.A statement from the NDS intelligence service said the minibus, packed with explosives, was discovered in a large open yard of mechanics workshops but blew up before it could be defused.There was no immediate claim of responsibility.Hundreds of people have been killed or wounded in high-profile bomb attacks since the beginning of the year, many in the capital Kabul, but provincial cities have also been hit as the Taliban, seeking to reimpose hardline Islamic rule, have stepped up fighting across the country.Kandahar province, on the border with Pakistan, is a major center of opium cultivation and a stronghold of the Taliban but the city has recently been relatively secure.Tuesday’s explosion came as the Taliban pushed ahead with their spring offensive, launched last month, with fighting in other areas of the country.As many as seven police were killed in clashes on Monday night between security forces and the Taliban in the southwest province of Ghazni, where the insurgents have cut a key highway with the neighboring province of Paktika, officials said.Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, said a large Taliban force, armed with heavy weapons, attacked government positions in five districts of the province late on Monday, with fighting continuing until dawn.Insurgents burned down the police headquarters in Jaghato district, he said.The latest fighting coincided with a US government report that found few signs of progress so far this year, with fighting spreading across the country and hundreds of casualties from high profile attacks in Kabul and other cities.Security officials say violence is expected to pick up as preparations continue for parliamentary elections scheduled for October.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img NIST System Sets Speed Record For Generation of Quantum Keys for ‘Unbreakable’ Encryption (Phys.org)—A team of German physicists has successfully demonstrated an ability to perform quantum key distribution (QKD) exchange between an airplane in flight and a ground station, paving the way perhaps to the same kinds of communications between satellites and ground stations which could lead to a global quantum based secure communications network. The team presented their results at the QCrypt convention this past week. Explore further Optical ground station. a Telescope of the optical ground station located on the roof of the DLR institute building next to the airport Oberpfa enhofen. b Closeup of the optical breadboard attached to the back of the main telescope mirror indicating the signal path for the qubits (green) and the beacon light (red). Credit: Sebastian Nauerth et al. Two make such a system work, the photons must be sent from one station and received by another. In this case, they were sent from a moving airplane using a laser and mirrors to a ground station that also used mirrors, no easy feat due to the sensitivity of attempting to read individual photons. Still the researchers managed to make it happen and perhaps even more remarkably, were able to hold on to the connection for ten minutes; long enough to transmit 10 kilobytes of data (at 145 qubits per second) with an error rate of just 4.8%. That’s enough to send a key, and that’s all that’s really needed to build quantum based network.Based on these results alone, it’s clear that a truly secure network could be put in place, in a battle zone for instance, with keys being transmitted from drones hovering overhead. But of course, that won’t be enough, the real goal will be to see if the same feat can be achieved between satellites and ground stations giving us a world where all communications can be made almost perfectly secure. Scientists have over the years developed some very powerful encryption schemes that are almost impossible to crack, yet virtually all of them rely on one weak point, the key that is used to unlock them. For this reason, cryptologists have been pinning their hopes on QKD. This is because of the nature of quantum bits; looking at or measuring them causes them to be changed, which would alert the true owners of the key that a breach has occurred.QKD is where encryption keys are generated based on the polarization of photons to represent 1s and 0s. The photons in such a system are converted to qubits on the receiving end where they can be read and interpreted. While the idea has been around for quite some time, it’s only recently that workable devices have actually been built. Prior to this new development, another team had achieved a QKD exchange between two stationary buildings. © 2012 Phys.org More information: Paper PDF: www.qcrypt.net/docs/extended-a … 12_submission_12.pdf The Do228 aircraft equipped with the ight terminal. One can see the optical dome underneath the fuselage (marker). a shows a closeup of this dome housing the coarse pointing assembly. b shows a schematic section view of the ight terminal. Credit: Sebastian Nauerth et al. Citation: Engineers achieve first airplane to ground quantum key distribution exchange (2012, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-airplane-ground-quantum-key-exchange.html 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.last_img read more