Special function to remember a Dubliner who made Donegal his home

first_imgA fantastic day (and night!) is in store this Saturday in Killybegs in memory of a Dubliner who made Donegal his home.Ken Byrne may have been born in the heart of the capital, but he found happiness in Bruckless.Ken passed away much too soon last year after a brave battle with cancer. Now a fundraising day is to be held in his memory to gather much-needed funding for the Irish Cancer Society.The day centres around the Bayview Hotel in Killybegs with a variety of events taking place.As well as a silent auction for some amazing sporting memorabilia, there will also be a pop-up boutique.That night there will be a dance with live music from Paul and Mary B from 9pm with a guest appearance from TV personality Noel Cunningham. So if you knew Ken or he ever touched your life as he did so many people, pop along for five minutes or five hours and honour his memory and help fund the fight against cancer.Rest easy Ken.Special function to remember a Dubliner who made Donegal his home was last modified: March 21st, 2019 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)last_img read more

Mobile networks in tower-sharing deal

first_imgMTN and Cell C have sold towers to theAmerican Tower Corporation for almostR6-billion in total.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Lars Reichelt, Cell C CEO, says the deal with ATC will help the network enhanceits service quality and coverage.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)    MEDIA CONTACTS • Pearl MajolaMTN Group+27 11 912 3000• Binita JhinaMedia manager, Cell C+27 11 324 8352 RELATED ARTICLES • Telkom teams up with AT&T • High-speed internet from Cell C• Telkom mobile to launch soon• Cheaper internet for South AfricaShamin ChibbaTwo of South Africa’s leading mobile networks have struck multi-billion deals with Boston-based American Tower Corporation (ATC) for the sale of thousands of mobile towers.ATC, a tower operator that owns about 33 000 communications sites in seven countries, has reached agreements with both Cell C and MTN within a matter of a month.In November, Cell C agreed to sell their towers to ATC in a deal worth an estimated R2.97-billion ($431-million) while earlier in December MTN announced they are to jointly establish a tower holding company with the multinational organisation in sub-Saharan Africa. The venture, called TowerCo Ghana, is said to be worth about R2.95-billion ($428-million).ATC chair Jim Taiclet described South Africa as a compelling investment opportunity for his company.“There is strong demand for voice and advanced wireless data services. In addition, our newly established presence in South Africa will provide us with a platform for our future growth in the region,” he said.MTN reduces infrastructure costsAccording to the MTN Group’s website, the transaction involved the sale of over 1 800 of MTN Ghana’s existing sites to TowerCo Ghana.It was agreed that a wholly owned ATC subsidiary would hold a 51% stake – about R1.5-billion ($218-million) – while an MTN Group subsidiary would own 49%.It is expected that TowerCo Ghana will construct a further 400 sites for MTN Ghana and other operators over the next five years.Taiclet believes the holding company is well placed to take advantage of the market in the West African country.“Creating an independent tower company in Ghana reflects the execution of our strategy to invest in selected African markets with strong wireless growth potential and a positive investment climate,” he said.President of the MTN Group, Phuthuma Nhleko, said sharing infrastructure makes sense for his company as they have been looking to reduce both roll-out and operating costs.“We have already established a good working relationship with the [ATC] team who have demonstrated their extensive experience in operating towers in both the developed world and in emerging markets,” said Nhleko.Cell C enhancing their qualityA report on Cell C’s website says that the deal included the sale of 1 400 of their existing towers to ATC as well as 1 800 additional towers that are either under construction or will be constructed in the next two years.The sale for the existing towers is expected to conclude by early 2011.Cell C CEO Lars Reichelt said the transaction was a strategic move for the company.“This allows us to realise the value embedded in our passive infrastructure. We believe our relationship with American Tower will enable us to further enhance the quality and coverage of our network.”It was confirmed that Cell C would be the anchor tenant on each of the towers being purchased.last_img read more

Vopak Wraps Up Sale of Amsterdam Hamburg Terminals

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Netherlands-based tank storage company Royal Vopak has completed the divestment of its terminals in Amsterdam and Hamburg to First State Investments.Unveiled in April this year, the transaction involving the terminals in Amsterdam and Hamburg is worth about EUR 600 million (USD 655.5 million).The move is said to be in line with Vopak’s strategy focused on industrial, chemical and gas terminals as well as strengthening its position in Rotterdam and Antwerp.At completion, the transaction generates a cash inflow for Vopak of approximately EUR 555 million. The total exceptional gain after taxation will be around EUR 190 million, to be recorded in the third quarter of 2019, according to the company.With regards to the terminal in Algeciras, Vopak said it is in discussion with the current minority shareholder in this terminal to dispose of its 80% share interest.The stake in the 403,000 cbm facility would be sold for the same purchase price and terms and conditions as agreed with First State Investments, Vopak added.last_img read more

Hightech production Frame by Frame lights up National Ballet

first_imgDancers appear in silhouette during rehearsal for the National Ballet of Canada’s multimedia production Frame by Frame. (David Leclerc/National Ballet of Canada) Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: Twitter Lepage has returned to McLaren for his latest project Frame by Frame, teaming up with the National Ballet of Canada and the National Film Board to create a multimedia dance production that marries ballet and abstract film animation in hopes of pushing the boundaries of ballet for our technological era. Director Robert Lepage first saw Norman McLaren’s short animated films as a child, when they aired as part of Hockey Night in Canada. He was moved by their simplicity and emotional impact.“There is something very pure about his vocabulary and very accessible and very universal,” says Lepage.“I’ve always related to that because I am desperately looking for simple things, resources, ideas that can speak to a universal or international audience.”last_img read more

Forensic Audit coming for Bahamas Gaming Board

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 19, 2017 – Nassau – An internal financial investigation is just about launched at the Bahamas Gaming Board as media reports that the Board Secretary was asked to take a vacation because a forensic audit is about to begin.    Verdant Scott was, on Monday, directed to go home and the Deputy Secretary, Bridgette Outten will hold on at the helm in the interim.Speaking exclusively and with a promise of anonymity to the Tribune newspaper, a senior executive explained that Scott had built up a lot of vacation time and that the Gaming Board’s records was showing some funny business.    Decisions to award bonuses and to increase salaries are among the things the financial investigation will hopefully explain.#GamingBoard Chairman Kenyatta Gibson is not remarking what is going on now, but a few weeks back he did say an audit of the board’s finances and a status review of the gaming house industry were first on the new panel’s agenda.   From the audit, it is expected recommendations on the way forward for the Gaming Board will be presented to Government.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#GamingBoard, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

People on the Move 61914

first_imgJacqueline Detwiler has been named senior editor at Popular Mechanics. She was previously senior editor at United Hemispheres.TV Guide has promoted Doug Brod to editor-in-chief, and Michael Schneider to executive editor. Brod moves from his role as executive editor, and Schneider from Los Angeles bureau chief at the magazine.InStyle.com has named John Darby as general manager. He was previously vice president of marketing at Streeteasy.Vendome Healthcare Media, publisher of Healthcare Informatics, has named Tony Carrini as its new director of digital and custom sales, East Coast. Previously he oversaw sales and marketing for Health Data Management and Information Management.Amanda Silverman has been promoted from managing editor to deputy editor at The New Republic.Good Housekeeping announced several hires and promotions:Melissa Geurs has been named deputy design director. She joined from Chatelaine, where she was design director.April Franzino returns to GH as beauty director. She started her career there as an assistant beauty editor in 2007, and most recently worked as beauty editor at Self.Rachel Rothman has been promoted to technical director from technical manager of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.Bloomberg Media Group has named Keith Grossman as publisher of Bloomberg Digital. He took this new role at the company after working as associate publisher for Wired and Ars Technica.Craig Marks has returned to SPIN magazine as editor-in-chief. He was an editor there from 1991-1999, and most recently worked as editorial director at BlogTalkRadio.Alyssa Mastromonaco has become contributing editor at Marie Claire. She was previously the deputy chief of staff at The White House. John Temple has joined First Look Media as president of audience and products. He has spent the last year at Stanford University as a senior fellow in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program.Lynne Segall has been promoted to executive vice president and group publisher at The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. She had been the senior vice president and publisher at The Hollywood Reporter.Condé Nast Traveler has named Jennifer Hicks as associate publisher of sales. She had been vice president of advertising at The New Republic.Stefanie Rapp has been promoted to associate publisher at Wired from her role as executive director of integrated sales.last_img read more

iPhone XS specs vs XR XS Max X What is the same

first_img Sprint 458 ppi The iPhone XR, XS and XS Max are all available now. To put it all in perspective, check out the chart below, which compares the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR and last year’s X.  Water-resistant (IP68), dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM), wireless charging, Face ID, Memoji None $999.00 See It Processor 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 6.14 oz.; 174 g Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 30 minutes longer than iPhone X Now playing: Watch this: iPhone XS: Why it’s harder than ever to pick the best… 5.9x3x0.33 in. Connector Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) None Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview iPhone X Dual 12-megapixel 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,436×1,125 pixels $749 (64GB), $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB) iPhone XS Max 5.8-inch; 2,436×1,125 pixels Water-resistant (IP67), wireless charging, Face ID 3D unlock, Memoji $999 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688×1,242 pixels Pixel density Display size, resolution Headphone jack Water-resistant: IP67, dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM), wireless charging, Face ID, Memoji 458 ppi Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 90 minutes longer than iPhone X The iPhone XS Max behemoth shown from every angle iOS 11 No iPhone XS features vs. XS Max, XR, X Lightning 143.6×70.9×7.7 mm 7-megapixel with Face ID 64GB, 256GB 157.5×77.4×7.7 mm 6.8 oz.; 194 g Apple Event The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR phones are updates to 2017’s iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus. The iPhone XS retains the familiar design of the iPhone X, including a 5.8-inch OLED display and stainless-steel sides. Apple also offers a larger version of the XS with a 6.5-inch OLED display called the iPhone XS Max.Read: iPhone 11: 8 features I want real badWith a footprint about the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus (though the older phone has a smaller 5.5-inch LCD display), the iPhone XS Max has the largest display found on any current iPhone. Not disclosed Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far No AU$1,579 (64GB), AU$1,829 (256GB) Lightning Price (AUD) iOS 12 7-megapixel 7-megapixel with Face ID Single 12-megapixel 66 $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB) Dimensions (millimeters) Front-facing camera AU$1,229 (64GB), AU$1,299 (128GB), AU$1,479 (256GB) See also 5.7×2.79×0.3 in. iOS 12 143.6×70.9×7.7 mm Dual 12-megapixel 4K Lightning Not disclosed $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB) Apple A12 Bionic Apple iPhone XS at Amazon Storage Battery Lightning Price off-contract (USD) iPhone X specs compared with iPhone XS, XS Max and XR Phones $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB) $999 Expandable storagecenter_img None (Face ID) Mobile software None (Face ID) 150.9×75.7×8.3 mm 4:51 iPhone XS Not disclosed The iPhone XS and XS Max come in silver, space gray and gold. Apple opted for more of a straw-colored gold this time than on previous gold iPhone models, which skewed closer to copper. £749 (64GB), £799 (128GB), £899 (256GB) iOS 12 Apple None (Face ID) Tags Fingerprint sensor RAM 7-megapixel with Face ID See All Boost Mobile None 6.24 oz.; 177 g £999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB) The iPhone XS starts at $999, £999 or AU$1,629 for a 64GB model, while the iPhone XS Max costs $1,099, £1,099 or AU$1,799 for 64GB.  All three new phones have a new A12 Bionic processor that Apple claims is 15 percent faster than last year’s A11 chip in the iPhone X.The iPhone XR has a single rear camera, and the XS and XS Max both have dual rear cameras like the iPhone X. reading • iPhone XS specs vs. XR, XS Max, X: What is the same and different Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino See it No Dual 12-megapixel Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 19 Photos 64GB, 256GB, 512GB None (Face ID via TrueDepth camera) Then there’s the iPhone XR, which has a 6.1-inch LCD display and an aluminum and glass body instead of the stainless steel and glass of the XS and XS Max. The iPhone XR comes in white, black, coral, yellow, blue and red (Product Red) and costs $749, £749 or AU$1,229. That’s $50, £50 or AU$150 more than the iPhone 8 cost when it launched in 2017. The XR’s colors are a callback to the iPhone 5C. $999 4K $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB) None 64GB, 256GB, 512GB Camera Apple A12 Bionic 5.7×2.8×0.3 in. Comments Video capture Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 90 minutes longer than iPhone 8 Plus 6.1-inch LCD Retina Display; 1,792×828 pixels AU$1,799 (64GB), AU$2,049 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB) Share your voice The iPhone XS Max behemoth shown from every angle £999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB), £1,349 (512GB) 51 Photos Everything Apple announced at its Sept. 12 event iPhone XR, XS, XS Max: Apple’s three new iPhones Watch Series 4 starts at $399, packs larger displays, ECG sensor Pics of the new iPhone XS and XS Max in all their glory Dimensions (inches) $999 Best Buy Water-resistant (IP68), dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM), wireless charging, Face ID, Memoji 458 ppi CNET Review Apple iPhone XS We’d recommend the iPhone XR first, but here’s what the XS brings to the table. Read Review 326 ppi iPhone XR Price (GBP) See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 4K Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple A11 Bionic 6.2x3x.3 in. 51 Photos Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple A12 Bionic Weight (ounces, grams) Not disclosed, but lasted 11.45 hours in CNET’s looped video playback test • AU$1,629 (64GB), AU$1,879 (256GB), AU$2,199 (512GB) Not disclosed See It No 7.3 oz.; 208 g Apple Event 4K Special featureslast_img read more

Rohingya men stab 2 Bangladesh coast guards

first_imgNaikhangchhari Rohingya campTwo members of Bangladesh Coast Guard suffered injuries in an attack by Rohingya men at Noyapara Rohingya camp in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.The injured are Md Faruk, 30, and Md Joynal, 28.Tipped off that yaba tablets were being sold, a team of plainclothes Coast Guard went to the room of Sadek at block-H of the camp to arrest the drug traders, said Lt commander Faizul Islam, commanding officer of Coast Guard’s Teknaf station.Noticing their presence, the Rohingya men swooped on the Coast Guard men and stabbed them, leaving two of them injured.The injured were first taken to the Upazila Health Complex and later shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.A deep injury mark was found in the chest of one of the injured while one ear of the other was almost severed, said duty doctor Shovan Das at the hospital.last_img read more

West accuses Russia of global hacking conspiracy

first_imgPhoto: CollectedWestern powers accused Russia on Thursday of orchestrating a string of global cyber attacks including a bungled plot to hack the world’s chemical weapons watchdog in The Netherlands.The United States indicted seven alleged Russian members of the GRU military intelligence agency for targeting the Hague-based OPCW, the US Democratic party, world sports bodies and US nuclear energy company Westinghouse.The charges came as part of a coordinated pushback by allies Britain, The Netherlands, Canada and the United States against a series of hacking attempts by what London dubbed “pariah state” Russia.Russia scathingly accused the West of “spy mania”, with the Russian foreign office describing the accusations as “propaganda directed against our country”.In scenes reminiscent of a Cold War spy novel, Dutch security services said they had expelled four Russian GRU agents in April after they attempted a cyber-attack on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, from a car parked in a nearby hotel.The OPCW was at the time probing the nerve agent poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain and an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma by the Moscow-backed regime in Damascus.The Dutch and British prime ministers Mark Rutte and Theresa May in a joint statement accused the GRU of “disregard for global values” and lashed out at the Russian agency’s “unacceptable cyber activities”.Unacceptable cyber activitiesThe Russians were tracked by Dutch and British secret services from their arrival in Amsterdam on diplomatic passports in April, and then seen hiring a Citroen car which they parked outside the Marriott hotel next to the OPCW.When Dutch agents swooped on April 13 they found electronic equipment in the boot of the car to intercept the OPCW’s wifi and login codes, including an antenna hidden in the back of the car, facing the chemical weapons watchdog.Marriott manager Vincent Pahlplatz told AFP there was “no James Bond involved” and that the Russians had been arrested without the use of force as they emerged from a lift into the hotel lobby.Investigations found the Russians had originally taken a taxi from GRU barracks in Moscow to the airport, for which Dutch agents later found a receipt from their hotel. Some of their mobile phones were also activated in Moscow near the agency’s headquarters.“They were clearly not here on holiday,” said the head of the Dutch MIVD intelligence service, Major-General Onno Eichelsheim.A laptop belonging to one of the four was linked to Brazil, Switzerland and Malaysia—while the activities in Malaysia were related to the investigation into the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine.It also revealed that the agents had also made searches for the OPCW-affiliated Spiez laboratory in Switzerland—which the Swiss last month said had been targeted by Russia.Dutch authorities released the Russian diplomatic passports of the four men identifying them as Oleg Sotnikov, Alexei Morenets, Alexei Minin and Yevgeny Serebryakov. They also showed photos of the men outside the hotel.Rutte said they had taken the “unusual and powerful” step of releasing details of an intelligence sting in order to bring Russia to account.“I do not think that Moscow has a nice day, because it is impossible for them to deny what has come out,” the Dutch PM told broadcaster NOS.The OPCW confirmed it had suffered “increased cyber-related activities” since the beginning of the year and had “undertaken measures to mitigate them”.Pariah stateThe four Russians allegedly involved in the OPCW attack were included in the list of seven men indicted by the US Justice Department.John Demers, US assistant attorney general for National Security, confirmed that known attack targets included the OPCW, football body FIFA, the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and Westinghouse.Demers said the operations dating back to 2014 “involved sophisticated, persistent and unauthorised access into the victims’ computer networks.”The case also overlaps with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling, with two of the men targeted on Thursday having featured in an earlier indictment on interference in the US polls.US intelligence says the GRU conducted the 2016 Democratic party hack in an effort to help Donald Trump win the presidency.Canada confirmed Thursday it believes itself to have been targeted by Russian cyber attacks, citing breaches at its centre for ethics in sports and at the Montreal-based WADA.Britain and Australia had just hours earlier pointed the blame directly at alleged GRU front operations such as Fancy Bear and APT 28 for the same string of worldwide attacks.The West’s coordinated response also saw NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warning Russia to halt its “reckless” behaviour and the European Union condemning “aggressive” Russian spying.British defence secretary Gavin Williamson said that these were “not the actions of a great power, this is the actions of a pariah state”.Spy maniaRussia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the allegations had been mixed together “indiscriminately”.“That’s a hell of a mix for a perfume,” she told reporters.London has accused two of GRU’s officers of poisoning former double-agent Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March, using a perfume bottle containing the powerful nerve agent Novichok.A Russian foreign ministry representative told AFP separately: “Western spy mania is gathering pace.”GRU stands for the Main Intelligence Directorate, Russia’s military intelligence agency which is one of Moscow’s three spy agencies along with the FSB security service and the SVR foreign intelligence agency.last_img read more

RxAndroid 210 is out with a newly added Async API

first_imgRxAndroid 2.1.0, the latest version of RxAndroid, has an option to post async messages. The async parameter affects Android APIs 16 and newer. It allows one to avoid VSYNC locking that pushes every post to the next frame. RxAndroid adds minimum classes to RxJava to make reactive programming in Android applications easy and hassle-free. Why this change is introduced? The main thread has historically used Handler#post() to schedule new Messages. This follows the VSYNC locking and results in waiting until the next frame to run. Use of Handler#post() causes a delay of up to 16ms for every emission to go through the post(). This delay happens even if you’re already on the main thread. The Async API aims to bypass VSYNC locking while still letting the framework handle all the scheduling safely in its looper. How you can install the Async API? With the help of RxAndroidPlugins you can set async as the custom scheduler. In Kotlin: val asyncMainThreadScheduler = AndroidSchedulers.from(Looper.getMainLooper(), true)RxAndroidPlugins.setInitMainThreadSchedulerHandler { asyncMainThreadScheduler }// Or if the default scheduler is alreadyinitialiazedRxAndroidPlugins.setMainThreadSchedulerHandler { asyncMainThreadScheduler } In Java: Scheduler asyncMainThreadScheduler = AndroidSchedulers.from(Looper.getMainLooper(), true);RxAndroidPlugins.setInitMainThreadSchedulerHandler(callable -> asyncMainThreadScheduler);// Or if the default scheduler is already initialiazedRxAndroidPlugins.setMainThreadSchedulerHandler(scheduler -> asyncMainThreadScheduler); How asynchronous is enabled in the different Android APIs? The Async API works by relying on the new Handler.createAsync factory in API 28, and on pre-28 it will reflectively fall back to a private constructor of Handler to enable this. API 28: The Handler.createAsync() factory API is used. It sets all Messages it handles to be asynchronous by default. API 22+: The public setAsynchronous() method is used. API [16–21]: The setAsynchronous() method is still used but the lint error that says it’s only 22+ is suppressed. To avoid any OEM situations of deleted/changed internal APIs, the Message#setAsynchronous() method call is handled using try/catch in the from() Scheduler factory to ensure it’s there at runtime. This catches the NoSuchMethodError if it is missing and falls back to the standard non-async messaging. API : There is no behavior change and the standard non-async messaging is used since the asynchronous APIs didn’t exist. To know more about the Async API head over to Zac Sweers announcement on Medium. Read Next Entry level phones to taste the Go edition of the Android 9.0 Pie version Android 9 pie’s Smart Linkify: How Android’s new machine learning based feature works Dagger 2.17, a dependency injection framework for Java and Android, is now out!last_img read more