Donegal wedding couple win prize of a lifetime!

first_imgA Wedding Giveaway hosted by the Villa Rose & Jackson’s Hotel drew to a close last week as one lucky couple claimed the prize of a lifetime. Damien McVey and Helena McFadden from Kerrykeel were the ecstatic winners of a bespoke wedding reception for 120 guests within the popular family run hotel group.Helena and Damien celebrated the occasion with owner Tommy Gallen and Banqueting Managers – Rhonda Gillespie and Shannen Doherty. In total, over fifty couples entered the draw by simply booking their wedding date with either the Villa Rose or Jackson’s Hotel and confirming with their booking deposit. Since opening the ballroom just over a decade ago, the Villa Rose is now one of Donegal’s most sought after wedding venues, a boutique hotel comprised of 55 contemporary guestrooms, 2 suites and an award winning spa.In 2017, The Villa Rose acquired the stunning Jackson’s Hotel and recent refurbishments have only added to its offering. Jackson’s boasts an impressive ballroom with sweeping staircase and breathtaking views from the balcony with executive suites overlooking the River Finn.An impressive wedding open weekend is due to take place at the hotels this May… stay posted for more details. For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact Villa Rose or Jackson’s using the details below:www.donegalweddings.netVilla Rose Hotel & Spa | 074 9132266 | weddings@villarose.netJackson’s Hotel | 074 9131021 | weddings@jacksonshotel.ieDonegal wedding couple win prize of a lifetime! was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Jackson’s HotelVilla Roseweddinglast_img read more

Twitter: Comparing its Velocity, not Downtime

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud So, is Twitter’s 99.17 uptime for the month of June really that bad when you compare it to other services?It’s more accurate to compare Twitter to other social networks in terms of velocity more than anything else. It’s the speed of the social graph that Twitter needs to keep in check. What they learn and apply will become tenants for how future social graph service manage their own velocity.What that means is the use of terms that have historically been attributed to more standard data mining practices. Modeling and statistical analysis are now part of the vocabulary that is needed to fully understand the dynamics of this ever faster synaptic environment.John Adam of Twitter illustrated what we are seeing as the number of users and amount of data continues to scale: Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Twitter is even more fascinating if you think of what its velocity will compare to fast growing services over the next five to ten years. How that affects developers is something we look forward to exploring more in future posts that explore the current issues they face when developing services that rely heavily on APIs for both consuming and making data available. alex williams Tags:#Analysis#Architecture#cloud#cloud computing#Data Centers center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… It’s such a glorious Saturday here in Oregon but I’ve been wanting to put this post up all week about Twitter’s uptime and its use as a measure of its service.The connection to the cloud seems distinct as Twitter is simply the leading edge of what we can expect as using Web apps become standard practice for everyone, not just the geeks and influencers.I am reminded of a conversation I had recently with some people who know far more about APIs than I do. We started doing the math for the synaptic effect when the top 1% of all Twitter users post a tweet.Take ReadWriteWeb’s Twitter stream as an example. The @rww account has more than 1 million followers. One tweet will go out to people with, for example, as many as 500,000 users. They have their own followers and so on. So you can see what happens when the World Cup gets going. The synapses are bursting with messages at electric speeds on levels that networks have never been accustomed to handling. The system goes kaput, down time follows. The network goes back up and the NBA Finals have the same effect.Twitter has 65 million tweets per day, which averages about 750 tweets per second. Twitter experienced 2,940 tweets per second when Japan scored against England in the World Cup. There were 3,085 tweets per second when the Lakers won the NBA Finals.Facebook is dealing with its own velocity issues. At Structure 2010, Faecbook’s Tom Cook said it now supports 60,000 servers to serve 400 million users.Facebook’s Jonathan Heiliger provided this perspective about Facebook’s volume:Users spend more than 16 billion minutes on Facebook each dayEvery week users share more than 6 billion pieces of content, including status updates, photos and notes.Each month more than 3 billion photos are uploaded to Facebook.Users view more than 1 million photos every secondFacebook’s servers perform more than 50 million operations per second, primarily between the caching tier and web serversMore than 1 million web sites have implemented features of Facebook ConnectJust to bring this point home, DJ Patil gives a picture of what the social graph looks like for people with followers in the tens of thousands. It almost looks like a morphing molecular structure.last_img read more

White House wants the nation to get ready for AI

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Ryan Matthew Pierson How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Follow the Puck Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Carnegie Mellon#Internet of Things#IoT#MIT#Pittsburgh#White House In an effort to drive continued innovation in a handful of key areas of technology and science, President Obama hosted the White House Frontiers Conference, a one-day conference in Pittsburgh. This conference is a joint venture between the White House, the  University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.During the conference, President Obama announced a number of new initiatives. These include funding to help in the development of smart cities, brain research, health, criminal justice, space, and climate change. Also among the initiatives announces was the release of a report titled “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence.”This 58-page report outlines a number of important topics related to artificial intelligence. It also touches on the history of AI, the current state of the technology, and where it’s headed in the near future.Topics of focus in the report include:Applications of AI for Public GoodAI and RegulationResearch and WorkforceEconomic Impacts of AIFairness, Safety, and GovernanceGlobal Considerations and SecurityPreparing for the FutureArtificial intelligence is a big focus in both the public and private sector. It’s being utilized to provide quick, data-driven insights in the areas of business, science, law enforcement, and even national security. We live in a big data world, and that data is becoming increasingly difficult for humans to sort through.Turning large amounts of unorganized data into actionable insight quickly takes the type of computing power artificial intelligence can provide. This makes AI not only a useful tool for businesses that want to learn more about their customers, but for areas of public interest. According to the report, artificial intelligence is already making an impact:Public and private sector investments in basic and applied R&D on AI have already begun reaping major benefits to the public in fields as diverse as health care, transportation, the environment, criminal justice, and economic inclusion.Regulatory considerations are on the front burnerThe need for regulation on AI in the interest of public safety is high. For example, smart cars that use AI to assist in obstacle avoidance and steering need to be thoroughly tested, reliable, and meet high safety standards.Tasks that can’t currently be automated but will through AI will result in less need for human workers. This will have a direct, short-term affect on the economy. The report explores ways AI can be used to assist in building a more skilled workforce. Identifying opportunities for growth aids in offsetting the jobs that artificial intelligence will supplant.Security and safety are other important areas of consideration. Researchers at MIT have identified how AI can be used to detect cyber attacks with extraordinary accuracy in real time. Cyber attacks and hacking are an increasing concern.Artificial intelligence is already here, and it’s getting better every day. While Skynet isn’t a real thing yet, we are already seeing the beginnings of a much more connected, intelligent world.last_img read more

Gavina blows his top after yet another Kia loss: ‘I’m tired of this’

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “There’d be no more Mr. Nice Guy. If I have to hold practice with eight or nine guys so be it, everyone else who doesn’t want to be there can stay the hell home because that’s the message that will be sent. I’m tired of this [expletive].”center_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kia import Johnson goes back to drawing board after subpar debut “The [expletive] will be called out the next practice, there’s going to be some changes.”The final score, though, was a mere fraction of Gavina’s frustrations as the Picanto trailed 70-31 by halftime and even looked at an 86-37 mountain in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlackwater was also relentless on the three-point arc hitting 19 against the sorry defense of the Picanto, who managed to sink just eight threes.“These guys are putting other people’s livelihoods on the line, including mine and I do not like being embarrassed,” said Gavina. “It was just ridiculous how much these guys are taking for granted the amount of trust I’m putting in.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Kia head coach Chris Gavina did not hold back when expressing his grievances over how his players conducted themselves in their 118-97 loss to Blackwater in the PBA Governor’s Cup.“I told the management that I think I’ve been as nice as I could possibly could to handle what’s going on,” said Gavina Friday at Ynares Center here in Antipolo. “I’m tired of seeing the body language these players have coming into practices and games, you can see guys have checked out and I’m tired of it.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

What is going on with Tyreek Hill?

first_imgOn Friday Tyreek Hill posted the photo above to his Instagram account with the caption “#ThaComeback.”Of course fans of OSU things freaked out and his tweet a day later didn’t do anything to put the questions to rest.the future is bright— Ty Hill (@cheetah) January 24, 2015I have no idea what this means, but given that Hill has hired Cheryl Ramsey — someone who has a reputation for getting folks off the hook in Stillwater — I wouldn’t be surprised if he played somewhere again.There was actually a pretty wild rumor going around recently from an assistant coach for a SEC team about Hill transferring to…Tallahassee.[1. You know they’d gladly find a way to make that happen.]My reaction to that:No matter what happens I would be astonished if No. 24 ever took the field on orange, black and white again. No matter what his Instagram page seems to imply.That bridge has been napalmed and Gundy isn’t going to be re-building it no matter how badly he needs a running back (and he badly needs a running back).I reached out to the athletic department for a comment but they declined.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

ExMKO Grand Chief travel claims dont match cell phone records audit

first_imgRead APTN’s ongoing investigation into former Grand Chief David Harper’s spending while head of Manitoba Keewatinowi OkimakanakJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA federal probe into the spending of the former grand chief of a Manitoba organization representing some of the poorest First Nations in the country has found tens of thousands of dollars in questionable claims, according to numbers contained in draft portion of a report provided to APTN National News.The financial probe of former grand chief David Harper and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) was conducted by auditing firm KPMG under a contract with the federal Indigenous Affairs department.The investigation was launched in September 2014 after the federal department received complaints over alleged spending irregularities by Harper and MKO. The department authorized KPMG auditors to review the organization’s books all the way back to 2010.While the department says the review of Harper and MKO’s books is still “ongoing,” APTN National News has been provided some of the results contained in a draft copy of KPMG’s findings.The auditors examined about $450,000 of expenses incurred by Harper and determined only 36 per cent could be substantiated, according to the draft report.About $77,000 worth of travel claims filed by Harper did not match-up when cross-referenced with the former grand chief’s cell phone records, according to the draft report.Current MKO Grand Chief Sheila North-Wilson said in a statement she would not be commenting on the issue until the final report is released and she has discussed the findings with MKO’s 30 First Nation chiefs.APTN National News has learned that North-Wilson, elected as grand chief in September 2015, received a draft copy of the report in a package late last year. The package included a letter from Anne Scotton, head of Indigenous Affairs’ audit and evaluation branch, an about 20-page report summary, and the draft report which was about 200 pages in length.Harper could not be reached for comment. It is rumoured that he is considering a run for chief of Garden Hill First Nation, which is one of the 30 MKO-member First Nations.MKO-member First Nations are some of the poorest in the country.The KPMG probe of Harper and MKO included a review of the use of funds from Indigenous Affairs and Employment and Social Development Canada, Harper’s expenses, money paid to the organization’s former director of finance and contracts issued by MKO.While he was grand chief Harper faced allegations of financial mismanagement and of using MKO funds for personal purchases like guitars, flights for his girlfriend and car repairs.MKO chiefs had previously asked Winnipeg-firm Lazer Grant to conduct a full forensic audit into the organization’s books after they discovered the former director of finance was making $250,000 a year.The Lazer Grant audit discovered some electronic equipment submitted for review had hard drives wiped-clean. Harper was also accused of obstructing the forensic audit.MKO sank into the red by nearly $1 million under Harper’s leadership and the organization was on the brink of being put into co-management by Indigenous Affairs.Indigenous Affairs said it would be posting the final report will be posted on the department’s website.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Plaxico Burress Wants Carolina Panthers They Dont Want Him

Plaxico Burress is not hearing good news from Carolina.Free agent receiver Plaxico Burress repeated today that he would like to sign with the Carolina Panthers and become a target of quarterback Cam Newton. But, according to a published report, the Panthers will not sign him.An unnamed team official told the Charlotte Observer that the Panthers aren’t interested in signing the former New York Jets, Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver.Burress said in a radio interview with WFNZ in Charlotte on Monday that, “no doubt about it,” he wants to play for the Panthers next season but acknowledged he hasn’t received a call from the team.Burress, in an on-set interview with “ESPN First Take” in Miami on Thursday, again said he hadn’t talked with the Panthers but added that he’s been in contact with Newton. He said Carolina is “just a great fit” for him.“I’ve talked to Cam Newton several times,” Burress said. “I really like him as a quarterback.”Burress, in his earlier interview with WFNZ, cited that his brother and cousin live in Charlotte and other family members live in Columbia, S.C., as some of the main reasons he’d like to play for the Panthers.Burress returned to the NFL last season after missing two seasons because of a prison sentence for accidentally shooting himself in the leg at a nightclub.He signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Jets. The New York Post, citing an unnamed league source, reported that some teams feel Burress was overpaid by the Jets and that he will have to agree to an incentive-laden contract to find a team to play for next season. read more

The World Chess Championship Opened With A Wild Draw

87654321abcdefgh Game 2 begins tomorrow at 3 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time — that’s 10 a.m. Eastern. I’ll be covering it here and on Twitter.Read more: The American Grandmaster Who Could Become World Champion By the 43rd move, the two grandmasters had traded queens, clearing the board significantly, and they entered an intricate endgame that stretched on — for hours. 87654321abcdefgh

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The rooks and kings traveled around for what seemed like an eternity. But the lava that had flowed over the game earlier in the day had finally cooled — and finally (finally!) hardened into a draw. Here’s the whole dang thing, compressed into less than a minute: It was 55 degrees and lightly raining in London, just as I imagine it always is, as the grandmasters Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Fabiano Caruana of the United States sat down to begin playing for the 2018 World Chess Championship. The gray meteorology belied the volcanic and lengthy chess on Day 1 of the World Chess Championship. Over seven hours and 115 moves, the players fought a fiery and oscillating battle to open the match, which will likely stretch to the end of the month. The American was lucky to emerge, largely unscathed, with a draw.The players’ venue is in central London, in a place called The College, about a 15-minute walk north of the Thames. Carlsen, 27, and Caruana, 26, are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world, respectively. Carlsen is the three-time defending world champion. Caruana is vying for the first American title since Bobby Fischer beat Boris Spassky in 1972.Following a drawing of lots, Carlsen chose to begin the best-of-12-game match on defense with the black pieces. Wins here are worth 1 point, draws a half-point for each, and losses zero points. If the 12th game ends with each player having 6 points, a series of tiebreaker games will ensue. And that’s exactly what happened at the last world championship, in 2016, when Carlsen edged out Sergey Karjakin of Russia. There may still be a lot of chess left.But there was a lot of chess Friday, too. Carlsen began with the combative Sicilian Defence, and the two entered into something called its Rossolimo Variation. Carlsen was likely pleased — he had beaten Caruana in this very variation in an attacking game in 2015.After move 9, Caruana went into what the official match broadcast called the first “deep think” of the match, and the game ground to a near-halt as the position ventured into uncharted territory. By Caruana’s 11th move, a board like this had never been seen before at the game’s high levels, according to ChessBase’s database.Carlsen donned a puffy jacket. Caruana removed his blazer.Time soon became an issue. The players each get 100 minutes for their first 40 moves, with 30 bonus seconds after each move. After that, they get 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for any moves after that. Nevertheless, while contemplating his 22nd move, Caruana’s clock ticked down to less than 10 minutes. Carlsen, across the board, moved quickly. With his 25th move, Caruana’s clock had dropped to six minutes. On his 32nd move, less than two minutes. On his 34th move, 6 seconds. If his clock had hit zero, he would have forfeited the game instantly.Forestalling the end, Caruana fought for his life in the lower right corner of the board. The time pressure — and the pressure from the powerful pieces controlled by the best player in the world — were obviously too much to handle. It was over, and the players would surely head to an early dinner. The computer engines and the chess cognoscenti assessed Carlsen’s position as “surely winning” and Caruana’s as “sad.”Carlsen’s troops were standing over Caruana’s king, ready to kill and take a devastating early lead in the championship.But black slipped. The Norwegian champ captured a juicy-looking pawn he oughtn’t have, giving the American a chance to scurry to safety with seconds to spare. You can see what happened below. Carlsen, playing black, captured the pawn on c3 with his bishop. The better move, according to a chess engine whirring on my laptop, would have been to venture deep into the American’s territory, moving the black queen to g1. Carlsen’s advantage, according to the computer, dropped from roughly three pawns to roughly nothing. Despite the draw, Robert Hess, an American grandmaster, called it a “dominant start for Magnus.”The championship is level at a half-point each in this race to 6.5. We’ll keep the chart below updated throughout the match. read more

Womens swimming Ohio State set to travel to Indiana for Big Ten

The Ohio State women’s swimming team practice at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in preparation for the Big Ten Championships. Credit: Fallon Perl | Lantern reporterAfter completing its regular season just one meet shy of undefeated, the No. 22 Ohio State women’s swimming team is looking forward to taking its talents to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Big Ten Championships beginning Wednesday.Last year, the Buckeyes finished in fourth place with a total of 859 points, claiming four individual Big Ten titles as well as one relay title for five championships overall. This was the sixth time since 2010 that OSU earned a top-five finish, and the Buckeyes’ four individual titles and one relay title made the year the most successful one since 1991.With four Big Ten teams ranked ahead of it, OSU will need strong performances by all swimmers to make a run. However, the main focus is on the factors that it’s able to control.“When you’re at Ohio State, the expectation is to put together championship teams. So, we want to compete for Big Ten titles and be one of the ten best teams in the country, but the truth is we can’t control that,” OSU coach Bill Dorenkott said. “What we can control is putting the strongest, fittest, most prepared kids in the pool at Big Tens, and who we compete against is irrelevant.”To ensure they do so, the team will be taking 25 swimmers to compete in Indiana, several of whom are returning Big Ten contenders, including senior Taylor Vargo. During last year’s Big Ten Championships, Vargo finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke. She will be competing in both races again this year, as well as the 100-yard individual medley and possibly a relay. This year, her personal goals are to enjoy her senior year, move up a couple of spots from last year and improve her times, Vargo said. However, her focus remains on the team rather than herself.“I’d say we’re focusing more on preparing to go to Purdue and swim as a team, not as an individual,” Vargo said. “We always go through the mantra, ‘The goal is not to win, the goal is to improve.’ Whether it’s your technique, or half a fraction of a second, or moving up two spots — go in and swim your best. Focus on the little things.”Vargo’s teammate, senior Lindsey Clary is another returning Big Ten contender who will be competing in the 400-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle — all for the fourth consecutive year — at the Big Ten Championships.Last year Clary set new OSU records in all three events and took home Big Ten titles in both the 400-yard individual medley and the 1,650-yard freestyle with times of 4:03.64 and 15:49.98 respectively. She will also be competing in the 800-yard freestyle relay.Clary said she is looking forward to improving at the Big Ten Championships this year, and is hoping to inspire her teammates as well. “Each year you want to get better. I was extremely happy with how I swam last year, so I want to repeat that and hopefully swim even faster,” Clary said. “Especially to put points up for my team because I know that if someone has a good swim it inspires everyone else, so I’m hoping to be that person for the team.”In addition to Clary and Vargo, OSU has five other athletes who have posted top-10 times in the Big Ten this season including junior Meg Bailey, freshman Kathrin Demler, freshman Molly Kowal, junior Liz Li and senior Zulal Zeren.“This is a good group. They’ve done the work, they’re well prepared, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do,” Dorenkott said. “We’re looking toward being our best for seven sessions, three and a half days in February. That’s what we want to do.”The Big Ten Championships are set to begin Wednesday evening at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Indiana. The competition runs through Saturday evening with preliminaries beginning Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. Finals begin each night at 6:30 p.m. read more

Iran wins first World Cup match in 20 years

first_imgIn a tough and well-fought match, Morocco lost its opening match of FIFA World Cup against its Asian counterpart, Iran, as Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal in injury time giving Iran their first win match since 1998.Morocco started aggressively and dominated the proceedings for first 20 minutes of the game but lost the grip on the match as the game proceeded. Bouhaddouz put the ball into his own net with a diving header at the near post in the 95th minute as Morocco defended a left-wing free-kick.The African side had wasted numerous chances in the first half and were denied later on when Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand produced a fine save from Hakim Ziyech.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.But Iran took went with the win, and this their second time in World Cup history after a 2-1 win over the United States at France 1998.Morocco became the second African side to concede a late winning goal in the World Cup on Friday, after Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay in Group A, thanks to a last-minute header from Jose Gimenez.last_img read more