first_imgThe Donegal Pen boys with Ramona from Dragon’s Den.Donegal Pens brothers Ronan and Conor Mc Garvey have broken into the French market with their handmade wooden pens.The Loughanure lads featured on French TV this week as part of a series on the ARTE network about Ireland.The series was recorded two years ago and featured in the past on German TV but was sold on by the makers to a French channel. Orders for the hand crafted pens have been flying in since the French screening earlier this week and the boys are “flat out” dealing with the orders.“We didn’t actually know it was going to be screened in France until the orders started coming in. One customer emailed to say he’d seem us on French TV. It’s been hectic all week but the timing is good as we are on holidays from school at the minute,” said Conor.They have also been contacted by a number of French retailers looking to stock their products. The boys already have three outlets in Germany and in excess of thirty shops in Ireland stocking their pens.  C’EST BON! THE DONEGAL PEN BOYS WRITE A NEW CHAPTER IN FRANCE! was last modified: April 23rd, 2014 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:DONEGAL PENSfrancelast_img read more

Pillar robs one homer, Reds blast five others, Giants crushed in Cincinnati

first_imgCINCINNATI — Kevin Pillar climbed up the center field wall at Great American Ball Park and made a spectacular catch to rob Reds rookie Nick Senzel of his first major league home run on Saturday.The Giants’ biggest problem on Saturday was that Pillar couldn’t reach five other flyballs the Reds hit over the outfield fence.Right-hander Dereck Rodríguez allowed a career-high eight earned runs in five innings as the Cincinnati Reds blasted a Giants starter for the second day in a row in a 9-2 …last_img read more

How to avoid a massive smart city pitfall

first_imgAs a technology executive, I’ve overseen the buildout of multiple data centers in my career. Without exception, all were designed with an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and backup power.In fact, I can’t imagine a data center of any consequence being built without these safeguards in place. No IT engineer worth his or her salt would consider it. Simply, the grid is not a sufficiently reliable foundation on which to rely for the ongoing operation of critical equipment.Recognizing that, I ask you to think about the megatrend around smart city development. The current efforts around smart cities completely fail to address and incorporate resilience as a core strategy.That is not smart.We’re deploying “smart” cities such that they will fail our citizens and service providers the minute the grid goes down, when that information and capability is of critical importance and maximum need. Earthquake, bombing, super storm, tsunami, attack, hurricane, or rioting… That’s when we need guarantees that our city infrastructure will shine and support emergency response, empower “boots on the ground” and, of course, help our citizens.When these scenarios arise, we’re in critical need of many services. Backup power. Communication network availability. Active information resources like public kiosks and intelligent lighting to direct people to safety. Data assets such as cameras and sensors to provide intelligence about local weather, the wind, water levels, flow rates, tilt, vibration, foot traffic and vehicle traffic. Systems to identify citizens in need. Security mechanisms to deter crime and damage to property.Brian Lakamp, Founder & CEO, TotemThis sort of resilience has, so far, been an afterthought in the smart city dialogue. We’ve been focused on incremental additions of new capability, without considering performance in adverse scenarios. That’s nuts.The good news is that we’re in the process of rebuilding the grid around advanced energy like solar, wind and batteries. Some, like me, refer to that new network as the “Enernet.” As we build out the Enernet with energy storage to optimize the network and integrate renewables, we also have an opportunity to address resilience of critical services.It would be a complete failure in our energy strategy if we were to overlook distributed batteries as part of the solution, and if we were to fail to deploy those assets as a resilient underpinning to smart city nodes and functionality.Governments and utilities need to take a more active role on this front. Municipalities, states and public utility commissions (PUCs) need to demand resilience for strategic services. Utilities need to enable it. Smart city certification programs like that recently announced by Bloomberg need to evolve to incorporate resilience measurement.Utilities need to embrace the futureWorth noting, the utilities shouldn’t do it only because their PUC requires it of them. Utilities who embrace the future have the opportunity to act as the backbone of the smart city, on which all other services reside. Paula-Gold Williams, CEO at CPS Energy understands the smart city opportunity.It starts with imagining a future different from the historic, centralized “power plant” architecture to one where the network acts much more dynamically, like the communications network today, supporting new capabilities and services. The utilities that figure it out first and fastest stand to be the Verizon or Comcast of the Enernet.Back to the matter at hand. To build a resilient smart city, the Enernet needs to be woven by utilities directly into the infrastructure, with deliberation. Fealty to foreseeable futures requires the Enernet be built as a resilient underpinning to modern municipal services. That is not yet happening today. And, that is not smart.The author is the Founder/CEO of Totem Power, a startup transforming the future of distributed energy and smart cities. Previously, Brian worked for media giants including Sony and most recently iHeartMedia. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Brian Lakamp Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#Totem Power#UPS For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Ahead of polls, Rahul Gandhi asks Haryana Congress to be united

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met with leaders from Haryana where Assembly elections are scheduled around October this year.Neither the Congress leaders who met Mr. Gandhi spoke to the media nor did the party issue a press statement.Mr. Gandhi, however, is learnt to have told them that he is no longer the Congress president and would not make major decisions like changing the State leadership in poll-bound Haryana.But he is said to have spoken his mind on the results. When All India Congress Committee (AICC) in- charge for Haryana, Ghulam Nabi Azad, submitted a report on the Lok Sabha polls, Mr. Gandhi expressed his visible dissapointment. But district level and booth level changes are expected soon.Among those who attended the meeting included former Chief Minister Bhupender Singh Hooda, Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, senior leaders Kumari Selja, Capt Ajay Yadav, Congress Treasurer Ahmed Patel and general secretary K.C. Venugopal.Prominent leaders who were not in attendance included Randeep Surjewala, Kiran Chaudhary and Kuldeep Bishnoi.Supporters of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupender Singh Hooda want the Congress to make the chief of Haryana Congress and blame the current Haryana chief, Ashok Tanwar, for debacle.The State where the Congress got wiped out, losing all the 10 Lok Sabha seats is witnessing an intense factional fight between these two factions. At a recent meeting, chaired by Mr. Azad, leaders of the rival factions nearly came to blows.But with Mr. Gandhi insisting on stepping down as the Congress chief, the party may not go for any drastic changes at the top ahead of elections. A source told The Hindu that Mr Gandhi directed the State leadership to work unitedly and strengthen its presence at the booth level.Mr. Gandhi was also scheduled to meet leaders from Maharashtra as well but has now postponed until Saturday. He will also be meeting Delhi leaders on Friday to assess the political situation as Assembly elections are likely by next February.last_img read more

Beermen ‘outhustled’ in Game 3 loss, says Leo Austria

first_imgThe Beermen, just like in their 99-94 loss in the finals opener, struggled to find the bottom of the net.“Shooting 32.9 percent is very low for us. In the past our shooting percentage in the finals is 40 plus to 50 percent. It is very low so that’s it, I think that’s the culprit,” Austria said as if repeating his words in Game 1.That horrendous shooting is largely due to Magnolia’s suffocating defense right from the opening tip.“I think Magnolia did a great adjustment in the game and they were able to disrupt our pattern. We’re not able to run our pattern according to our game plan. Credit to Magnolia, they limited us to just 82 points,” Austria said.“Their defense is clogging our big men in the post. Every entry pass is denied and we’re not able to hit our outside shots. It’s hard to win when it’s like that. We were outhustled and outran and i guess our effort was not enough,” he added.Arwind Santos led the Beermen in scoring with 19 points but he had 22 attempts and converted only eight.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s no need for further analysis to determine why San Miguel Beer lost to Magnolia in Game 3 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals as far as head coach Leo Austria is concerned.Numbers don’t lie and the stat sheet showed how the Hotshots took a 2-1 series lead on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hotshots hold off Beermen for 2-1 series lead Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Even June Mar Fajardo had trouble in dealing what Magnolia threw at him as the reigning five-time MVP shot 4-of-11 from the field to finish with 17 points.Game 4 is on Wednesday with Austria this time, hoping to make the necessary adjustments to avoid a 1-3 hole.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ “imagine this 46 versus to 71 and 28 offensive rebounds to 14 so that means we were outhustled,” Austria told reporters while looking at the stat sheet following an 86-82 loss.The Hotshots dominated the rebounding department, 71-46, with Ian Sangalang, Rafi Reavis and Rome dela Rosa combining for 40 rebounds.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, logisticsThe 41-year-old Reavis alone nearly had as much offensive rebounds as San Miguel with 10 as he put on another vintage showing.And it’s not just the rebounds. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Senegal and Aliou Cissé quietly confident of recreating spirit of 2002

first_imgShare via Email Africa’s teams have talent and calm. Can they make World Cup history? Topics Cissé, appointed to replace Alain Giresse in 2015 after a successful spell in charge of Senegal’s Under-23 side, whom he led to the last eight of the 2012 Olympics, is the lowest-paid of the 32 managers in Russia by some distance with a salary of £175,000 compared with Germany’s Joachim Löw at almost £4m.Despite facing some criticism for adopting a pragmatic approach to qualifying with a squad having an array of attacking talent including Liverpool’s Mané, Keita Baldé of Monaco and the rising star Ismaila Sarr of Rennes, there is a quiet confidence at home that history may be about to repeat itself.“This is a great generation,” Cissé said during last year’s Africa Cup of Nations, when Mané’s penalty shootout miss in the quarter-finals led to them bowing out against Cameroon. “What we’re changing is the mindset. It’s not just about playing a pass or some technical skill, it’s about raising the whole level of African football. That’s our objective.”His coaching journey began a few months after the defeat by Turkey in the 2002 quarter-finals when Cissé lost 11 members of his family in the Joola ferry disaster. In total nearly 1,900 people perished in what remains one of the worst maritime accidents in history. “Senegal is only a small country,” said Oumar Ndiaye, an official at the Senegalese Football Federation. “More than 1,000 people died and everyone knows someone who knows someone. We are all affected by something like this.”Cissé took a leading role in organising a charity match against Nigeria to honour the victims, arranging for both sets of players to attend, coaching the Senegal team and donating £5,000 to the cause from his own pocket.He had arrived in England by then after joining Birmingham from Montpellier, having played for Lille and Paris Saint-Germain. He spent two years in the Midlands before moving to Portsmouth but, by the time Cissé was invited to become the coach of Senegal’s Under-23 side three years after retirement in 2009, the success of Korea and Japan had become a distant memory for a country that has continued to produce top-level players despite failing to win a major international title. Share on Twitter World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email Share on Pinterest Facebook Share on WhatsApp Senegal football team Reuse this content Share on Messenger “It was after meeting him that I knew this was my vocation,” he said. “Bruno was way ahead of his time and he managed to weld teams wherever he went.”Should Senegal make it past Poland, Colombia and Japan in Group H, a potential meeting with England looms large in the last 16. As he showed in 2012, that would hold no fear for Cissé. Share on Facebookcenter_img “Really we cannot thank him enough,” said West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyaté. “In 2012 no one knew me nor Sadio Mané. He came to find me in Belgium and went to find Sadio from FC Metz. He’s close to the players. He finds the right words to really motivate us.”It is hard not to agree with the Senegal captain’s assessment of Aliou Cissé. Sixteen years after the former midfield enforcer for Birmingham and Portsmouth led his country past the holders, France, in the opening match and into an unlikely place in the World Cup quarter-finals the suave and sophisticated 42-year-old is preparing for the Lions of Teranga’s big return. Share on LinkedIn features Cissé challenges Thierry Henry during Senegal’s famous win in 2002. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters Badou Ndiaye: Senegal’s legal eagle from Stoke via the Arctic Circle Read more World Cup Pinterest World Cup 2018 Twitter Their absence from the 2010 and 2013 Cup of Nations was a new low, although the performances of Cissé’s side at London 2012 hinted at a brighter future as an exciting young team featuring Kouyaté, Mané, Crystal Palace’s Pape Souaré and Everton’s Idrissa Gana Gueye lost to the eventual winners, Mexico, in the quarter-finals after extra time. After the 1-1 draw against Great Britain in the group stages Ryan Giggs accused Senegal of making “a few naughty challenges”, adding that “the No 10 [Mané] would have been sent off three times” in a Premier League game.“I’m surprised, considering it’s Great Britain talking about physicality and fighting spirit,” Cissé shot back. “I hope they will recognise our technical qualities a bit more. Considering my team has not played together for so long, their standard of play is a very good omen for their future.”That willingness to stand up for his players has become a hallmark, as have the designer glasses and always immaculate dreadlocks. A backroom team made up of several of his teammates from 2002 such as Omar Daf, Lamine Diatta and the goalkeeping coach Tony Sylva have helped engender the kind of spirit present under the former manager Bruno Metsu, who died from cancer in 2013. Cissé was coached by Metsu at the start of his career during spells at Lille and Sedan and cites the Frenchman as his inspiration for going into management. Read morelast_img read more

BC totem pole being carved as symbol of reconciliation cant find funding

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsFunding problems may keep the Language Revitalization Pole grounded.In June, APTN News told you about the 800 year old cedar that’s being carved in Port Alberni, B.C.The carving is well underway, but the project needs to find money fast.The goal is to raise the totem pole this year during the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages.Read More:Language Revitalization Pole being carved in B.C. as symbol of ‘real reconciliation’ [email protected]@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more