first_imgUPDATED 11.30AM: A number of areas of Co Donegal are being affected today by flooding overnight – with an alert for possible flash floods later this evening due to forecast heavy showers.In the last hour Atlantic Drive in Downings has been closed due to floods.Earlier we reported flooding on the dual carriageway near Letterkenny but there are also reports of flooding and house evacuations in Falcarragh, Raphoe, Lifford and Bridgend. Ballindrait was badly hit in the flooding. Caravans in one park in Downings were also flooded.The situation in the south of the country is much more serious however.The body of an off-duty Garda which was swept away in floods near Blessington has been found.It is thought that 25-year-old Ciaran Jones – from Manor Kilbride in Co Wicklow – was swept away in a flood after attempting to divert traffic away from a dangerous bridge at about 7pm. The Garda Helicopter, Coast Guard and several mountain rescue teams were involved in the operation.Dublin is also facing massive disruption today – as a month’s rain fell in just six hours. Anyone travelling to the capital today is told to expect journey delays.One donegaldaily reader told us it took her almost five hours to drive from Dublin to Donegal last night.The rain is due to subside later giving clear spells before the rain is set to arrive again.Donegal has been hit with up to 80mm of rain since Saturday and although the rain has subsided in many areas – there are forecasts for heavy showers later today. The caravan park in Downings was flooded with rain water last night (pictured above by Frank Casey).Below is a flooded cafe in Lifford.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comUPDATED: NEW FLOOD ALERTS AS HEAVY SHOWERS FORECAST was last modified: October 25th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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 weatherDowningsflood alerts donegalheavy showersletterkennyLiffordrainroads closedlast_img read more

Warriors reaffirm Damion Lee could fill team’s 15th roster spot

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!PHILADELPHIA – The Warriors have insisted on staying patient with what they do with their 15th and final roster spot.That means there is a growing chance that Damion Lee could fill that slot after spending this season on a two-way contract. That entails splitting his time both with the Warriors and their G-League team in Santa Cruz.“He would be someone given he …last_img read more

From the driveway to the Western Conference Finals, the Currys take center stage

first_imgOAKLAND — Who knows how many times the Curry brothers imagined a moment like this when they were playing one-on-one in the driveway.Perhaps the scenario at hand would have been too surreal for even the wildest of childhood imaginations.With the Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers squaring off in the Western Conference Finals, starting Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, the Currys — Stephen and his younger brother by two-and-a-half-years, Blazers guard Seth — will become the first two brothers to …last_img read more

MH370: Captain planned disapperance suggests new evidence

first_imgThe New York magazine has obtained a confidential document from the Malaysian police investigation into the disappearance of MH370 that shows that the captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, conducted a simulated flight into the remote southern Indian Ocean just one month before the Boeing 777 vanished in almost identical circumstances.According to the story by noted author Jeff Wise, Malaysia withheld this critical information from the public and he says this is the “the strongest evidence yet that Zaharie made off with the plane in a premeditated act of mass murder-suicide.”The document says Mr Wise “presents the findings of the Malaysian police’s investigation into Zaharie. It reveals that after the plane disappeared in March of 2014, Malaysia turned over to the FBI hard drives that Zaharie used to record sessions on an elaborate home-built flight simulator. The FBI was able to recover six deleted data points that had been stored by the Microsoft Flight Simulator X program in the weeks before MH370 disappeared, according to the document. Each point records the airplane’s altitude, speed, direction of flight, and other key parameters at a given moment.”The document reads, in part:“Based on the Forensics Analysis conducted on the 5 HDDs obtained from the Flight Simulator from MH370 Pilot’s house, we found a flight path, that lead to the Southern Indian Ocean, among the numerous other flight paths charted on the Flight Simulator that could be of interest.”Mr Wise says that “search officials believe MH370 followed a similar route, based on signals the plane transmitted to a satellite after ceasing communications and turning off course. However the actual and the simulated flights were not identical, though, with the simulated endpoint some 900 miles from the remote patch of southern ocean area where officials believe the plane went down.”Mr Wise adds that “rumours have long circulated that the FBI had discovered such evidence, but Malaysian officials made no mention of the find in the otherwise detailed report into the investigation, “Factual Information,” that was released on the first anniversary of the disappearance.”However according to Malaymail Online the Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police had never handed over information to any quarters in New York.“We have never submitted such a report to any authority abroad including the FBI. This report is not true,” he told the website.last_img read more

Hanli Prinsloo: ‘Fall in love with the ocean, to save it’

first_imgSouth African Hanli Prinsloo travels the world to capture images of life in the sea. She gives public talks about falling in love with the ocean, a necessary step to protect it. She also heads I Am Water, an organisation that teaches children about ocean conservation. Besides running projects to teach children about ocean conservation in South Africa, Hanli Prinsloo also works in Bermuda and Ecuador. As part of her desire to educate people about marine life, she makes films about protecting sharks (Image: Screengrab via YouTube) • How much do you know about the ocean? •Gallery: Celebrate Marine Month in South Africa • Top 50 Brands in South Africa named • Teen campaigns organ donation through social media • Sandton goes car-free for a month Compiled by Melissa JavanThe success of each of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) would be the success of all, Hanli Prinsloo recently said at the World Economic Forum (WEF).The 17 SDGs include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy. They were agreed for the world by the United Nations in August to continue from the Millennium Development Goals.Prinsloo, the chief executive officer of I Am Water Ocean Conservation Trust, said Goal 14 – on “life below water” – resonated with why she devoted her life and work to ocean conservation. “But as a woman and an African, every single one of the 17 SDGs will affect some part of my life,” she wrote on the WEF’s site.We are waterPrinsloo is an 11 times South African freediving record holder, filmmaker and avid ocean adventurer. In a TED Talk, she said: “I am nothing without the water inside me and the water around me.”TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged. Today TED Talks cover almost all topics, from science to business to global issues. It is owned by a non-profit, non-partisan foundation that believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.Prinsloo reminded her TED audience that one’s body consisted of more than 70% water. “This is even though we focus on air moving in and out of us, we are water. We move around in a world of air so we believe we are air.“Now we have become so used to breathing that we think it’s all we’ve done. But our first nine months of our lives we were in a watery world and we were born into this fantastically exciting world of smells and sights and sounds and air. All this air around us and then we forget about that watery world we come from,” she added.Using just one breathe, Prinsloo said, she could swim to a depth of 56m in the ocean, just using her arms and legs. “On one breathe I’ve held my breath in water for over six minutes and I am not the best in the world. Using weights to assist us and floatation devices to come back up, free divers have been down to up to 200m.“The most difficult thing I have learned is to trust myself and to trust what my body can do in water… The world record for men is over 11 minutes and that is not breathing pure oxygen. We know water; your body remembers water there’s a memory of water in us that we have just forgotten.”She challenged the audience to “spend some time in the water inside of you, in the water we have at our disposal and yes come on in the water is good”.“We are representatives of the ocean. I even see that with people who can’t swim who stand there and say to me: ‘I can’t swim but I love staring at the ocean.’ If you are an ocean gazer or explorer you’ve got that in you.”Watch Prinsloo pledge to protect the ocean, and explain why she was moved to do so:Why protect the ocean?In her report to the WEF, Prinsloo spoke about a study by the WWF and the Zoological Society of London, which said 40% of marine populations had halved since 1970. Many of the fish humans ate had posted a staggering 74% drop in population.“Oceans are the lifeblood,” she stressed. “Not only do 2.6 billion people depend on them for their primary source of protein, but more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by the salty masses, while they absorb over 30% of CO2.”Chapter 5 of South Africa’s National Development Plan talks about protecting and enhancing the country’s environmental assets and natural resources. Prinsloo’s activism promotes this outcome of the plan. But it is not only a national issue; Goal 14 of the SDGs, she pointed out, had seven main targets, including a reduction of all kinds of marine pollution. It particularly mentioned land activities that resulted in marine pollution. Another target focused on community fishing practices and poverty.“As an ocean advocate, I have to believe that we can achieve SDG14.”More needed to be done to improve collaboration on this issue, especially between non-governmental organisations and governments, stakeholders and activists. “We know the challenges. The hard work now is to ensure that we work together to achieve the SDG14 targets – for the sake of the ocean and the planet.”I Am WaterI Am Water Ocean Conservation Trust was founded in South Africa in 2010. Its mandate is that humans and nature cannot survive without each other. “We believe ocean degradation is fundamentally due to human disconnect,” reads its website, “and the way to change the course for our oceans is engaging and educating individuals on their role for a healthy planet.”The aim for Prinsloo and her team is to make people fall in love with the ocean so that they will want to protect it. The trust’s projects include taking children from previously disadvantaged communities such as Masiphumelele township in Cape Town to the beach, teaching them to swim, and educating them about marine life and how to protect the ocean.Another project is raising awareness of the plight of shark populations around the world.Watch Prinsloo explain the importance of protecting sharks:Watch Prinsloo and others swim alongside sharks:last_img read more

WEF on Africa 2016: Digital technology in schools

first_imgWhat problems can be solved by the use of digital technology in schools? This was one of the questions discussed at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali. Speakers from across the world gave their insights into how digital technology could improve learning inside and outside classrooms. Rapelang Rabana, founder of ReKindle Learning, spoke at the session “What if: all education were digital” at the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa, held in Rwanda from 11 to 13 May. (Image: World Economic Forum on Africa)• South Africans nominated for Innovation Prize for Africa• Busting the myth that Africa doesn’t produce scientific innovators• How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?• Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls• Makoko Floating School: a model of Nigerian cutting edge designMedia Club South Africa reporterTechnology should be used to add value to the teaching process in the classroom, according to Rapelang Rabana, founder of ReKindle Learning. She was speaking during the debate “What if: all education were digital” at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda from 11 and 13 May.Other speakers on the panel were Fred Swaniker of the African Leadership Academy; Aryn Baker of Time magazine; Colin McElwee of Worldreader, which provides e-books to low-income countries; Rwanda’s minister of youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana; and entrepreneur Temitope Ola of Koemei.Can technology replace teachers?Regarding the question of whether technology could replace teachers or the traditional way of teaching, Rabana said it was not correct to think about ousting teachers. “If you were looking at a different industry, you would ask where the biggest challenges were and then try to find the technologies to solve those problems,” she said.“We should look at what activities can benefit from technologies more,” she added. “When I say learning activities, for example, I am referring to things like discovery, research, and finding things to prepare for class. Digital tools can be affective for that.”It should also be explored as a tool to facilitate group and peer interactions, as well as debates. “We still have to make sure that we adequately learn from our peers,” Rabana said.Having digital technology in a classroom should free up the resources of teachers to do things that were more “high-touch or more complex”.Connecting people to the internetThere were different stages of solutions to give people access to the internet, Rabana said. “We often bring internet access to a central place like a school or a place of work (where people can download what they need).“They don’t need internet access at home then. You still provide an effective place offline.”Swaniker said he would like to see an internet portal like Airbnb to be developed, but for education. Airbnb connects people all over the world; is a website for people to list, find, and rent lodging anywhere on Earth.“You can have these big buildings that have things like internet access and electricity,” Swaniker explained. “There is no-one there in the evenings and on the weekends. Imagine if we created those centres where young people can come and they can all get the access to the world’s education and learning resources online.”These centres would have facilitators to help the youth.Ola said his organisation had found that people could use mobile messaging applications such as Facebook and WeChat to build education applications on these platforms. “It’s free and we can enhance access with that.“My concern is always, how do we use what we have now to solve the problems we have now.”The importance of digital technology in educationIf schools had access to the internet, they should leverage digital technology as much as possible, Swaniker said. “It allows us to do things we weren’t able to do in the past. In the olden days students would go through every month and not know how they were doing until the end of exams.“But today you can track how someone is doing, enabling us to identify those students who are struggling and those who are bored, and those who are able to work at their own pace.”Access to the internet allowed Africans to overcome the massive challenges on the continent, he added. Challenges mentioned by the panel were poverty and lack of good teachers.Worldreader had evidence that girls took more advantage of its programme than boys, McElwee said. Girls used mobile phones five to six times more often and for longer periods at a time to access education than boys, he said. “It’s not about what you and I think of education but what do they (those girls living in poverty) think.”Many girls in impoverished communities risked their and their families’ lives on daily because they went to school. “I know people on this continent indeed recognise the importance of education. For many that education is the only path out of poverty.”Watch more on the discussion here:last_img read more

Multi-Rotor GoPro Drone To Be Unveiled at CES 2015

first_imgGoPro is going airborne. New GoPro drone product to be announced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show.GoPro plans to dive into the consumer drone market and launch it’s own drone line sometime in 2015. It was recently announced that GoPro would present their newest product at the J.P. Morgan Tech Forum at CES 2015 on Jan. 6th in Las Vegas. Initial reports state the new GoPro drone will retail for between $500 – $1000.Early indications suggest this is a multi-rotor drone possibly similar to the Chinese DJI S1000. GoPro drives significant revenue from the sale of their accessories, so entry into this product category seems like a logical step for the company to take.DJI’s dual operator Inspire drone [click for larger view]: Surely, GoPro’s launch into the burgeoning consumer drone market will effect other players in the space. DJI recently launched a drone product with it’s own camera (the Inspire), but GoPro’s dominance in both the consumer and professional video production markets may make it extremely difficult for others to compete.Is it a winner takes all consumer drone market? We’re curious to see.What are your thoughts on GoPros expected debut into the drone marketplace? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

SMB climbs

first_imgMOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds ANTIPOLO—Rock-solid San Miguel Beer kept a top two finish in sight after scoring a 109-97 decision of Alaska in a Petron Saturday Special game at Ynares Center here.It was the second straight win in a 7-2 card for the Beermen, who would still need to sweep their last two assignments—against Blackwater and GlobalPort—to earn at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat bonus.ADVERTISEMENT Children’s meet draws OSY bets Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Alaska, which took a sixth straight loss in a 4-6 card, is in danger of missing the next round.Idle Star is setting the pace with an 8-2 record, but will lose the No. 1 ranking if the Hotshots fall into a tie with the Beermen at the end of the elimination round on June 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingIn the first game, NLEX goes into a long break with its confidence at a high after posting a second straight win, 116-114, to end its campaign here while dealing Phoenix Petroleum a critical loss.The Road Warriors almost lost a 23-point lead but hung tough in the stretch as they take something positive from a tournament they opened up with nine straight defeats. Phoenix ended its elimination round campaign with a 4-7 record and can get booted out of the playoffs if Alaska and GlobalPort win their final matches.“We just wanted to make a good last impression,” NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said.Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra shoots for a share of the lead and officially take Meralco out of the race for a top two berth when the Gin Kings and the Bolts collide 6:45 p.m. Sunday also at Ynares Center here.Defending champion Rain or Shine, in the meantime, tries to better its quarterfinal ranking when it slugs it out with TNT KaTropa in the 4:30 p.m. contest.At 5-5, the Painters can qualify in the middle of the pack with a victory.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

London Olympics: Moment of pride for India and the archers

first_imgThe London Olympics are a key event for Indian archery as the team has gone with a lot of expectations. Deepika Kumari has, of course, caught the country’s imagination with her performances over the last couple of years. Apart from her in the individual event, the men’s and women’s teams are in with a good chance of a medal.During my time too, there were expectations when we went for the Olympics. At Beijing 2008, we were in good form but ran into the Chinese in the first round itself. The vociferous home crowd got to the less experienced members of the team and we lost the match after taking an early lead.However, this time the players are full of confidence as they have posted good scores consistently. The men’s team had to wait till the last possible opportunity to make the cut, but the manner in which they qualified was highly impressive.My brother Rahul had to compete with borrowed equipment, but the team overcame all the problems to seal a spot.On the women’s side, Deepika compensates for her lack of Olympic experience with confidence. Bombayla has competed at this level and while Chekrovolu Swuro has not been to the Olympics before, her recent scores have been very good.The team has also reached London several days in advance and, though some of the members were under the weather for the first few days, they are feeling much better now.The Olympics comes once every four years and everyone wants to do their best. There is pressure no doubt and whosoever deals with it better will come out on top.advertisementTarundeep Rai did not make the men’s team at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, and only competed in the individual event. But he got into rhythm and clinched a silver medal, which none of us expected. So anyone can rise to the occasion.An Olympic medal raises the profile for a sport in India, and we have not had too many medalists. Shooting has gained a lot after Abhinav Bindra won a gold medal in Beijing. A medal also brings in government support and corporate backing.The archery competition begins on Friday with the ranking round and it will provide a pointer for things to come. If the Indians manage to finish among the top four, they will get a bye and move directly into the quarter-finals.Personally for me, it is a matter of great pride for me that my brother will be competing at the Olympics. We endured a lot of tension before he finally made it. The Olympics are above all other competitions and I am going to London to see up close how he performs.(The writer is a two-time Olympian and Arjuna awardee)last_img read more

Court martial for racial slur striking superior begins at NS base

first_imgKENTVILLE, N.S. – A Nova Scotia court martial heard contrasting views from witnesses Monday on whether a white reservist’s use of the word “nappy” to describe a black co-worker’s hair was intended as a racial slur.Cpl. Garett Rollman pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of striking his superior officer on the hand and two charges of “conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline.”Prosecutors said Rollman made an inappropriate comment to civilian worker Cheryl Richard about black hair styles in a kitchen at the military base in Aldershot, N.S., in late February 2016.Richard said Monday her co-worker told her about a video that he’d viewed where a black woman was sponging her hair due to it being “nappy.”“I said, ‘Excuse me,’ and he said, ‘Nappy hair, you know like yours,’” she said, adding she immediately left the area, upset by the comment.Richard testified the term is “a racial slur they used a long time ago saying that black people have knotty hair because they didn’t have the means of working with their hair. It’s a racial slur that white people use.”However, Sgt. Christopher Jones, the senior non-commissioned officer in the unit, testified that as a black man and a supervisor of the two workers, he didn’t believe that Rollman was using the term as a slur.Jones said he believed Rollman had been explaining in a pleasant way that he and his black girlfriend had been watching a program about hair styles, and Rollman may not have understood Richard was offended by his description of what he saw.“He was trying to explain something nice … because nappy hair means style,” Jones testified, adding the term can have various meanings in different contexts.He said that Richard had a long-standing conflict with Rollman, to the point where the two were assigned to work on separate shifts for several years, and he testified Richard had taken the opportunity to “go after him (Rollman).”The prosecution alleged that the following day Rollman was standing near Richard when he pushed a garbage container across the kitchen and shouted insults and profanities at her.Richard testified she went from the kitchen area to a room where Sgt. Earl Smith — the second in command of the area — was sitting and told him about the incident.The prosecution alleges that Smith stood up, and “Cpl. Rollman hit the sergeant’s hand out of the way and took up a boxer’s stance,” before more yelling ensued and Rollman left Smith’s office.Sharon Angel, another civilian employee, testified Monday she witnessed Rollman and Smith yelling, and she saw Rollman raise his hand.She said she heard Smith yell, “Don’t you hit me!” but she couldn’t see if Rollman actually struck his superior.Capt. Greg Moorehead, the military prosecutor, told the court during his opening statement that Rollman’s behaviour breached military law.“None of this behaviour is acceptable, your honour, particularly in a disciplined and professional military,” he said.During defence cross examination, Richard told the court that she had “sometimes” complained about Rollman’s behaviour in the past, and confirmed he had launched a workplace harassment complaint against her prior to the incident.During opening statements, military defence lawyer Lt.-Cmdr. Brent Walden had asked for the case to be adjourned. He said the court needed time to find Smith, who has left the military and hasn’t responded to emails from the prosecution requesting his presence.The presiding military judge ruled that the case could proceed, noting a week has been set aside for the case.However, she also took note of the defence’s concerns over the absence of a key witness in the case.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more