In Pictures: Christmas comes early to Timahoe NS

first_img Facebook TAGSTimahoeTimahoe NS By Conor Goode – 3rd December 2018 Christmas came early at Timahoe NS this week when Parents Association Chairperson Margaret Buggy arrived to the school to present seven brand new ipads.This was thanks to the funding from the Laois Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), which is chaired by Cllr Paschal McEvoy, under the Community Enhancement Programme 2018.The key priority of the scheme was to invest in technology which will be accessed by individuals and committees that are impacted by disadvantage, as there is limited access to high speed internet in the area. Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Council Twitter Home News In Pictures: Christmas comes early to Timahoe NS News Community Pinterest Margaret Buggy said: “Timahoe Parents Association are extremely grateful for the funding received from the LCDC, which allowed the purchase of 7 ipads to add to the 3 previously purchased.“This funding ensures that along with our ongoing fundraising activities, additional resources as needed by the school can be provided for the benefit of all the children in Timahoe NS. In Pictures: Christmas comes early to Timahoe NS Pinterest WhatsApp Community “Sincere thanks to all involved with the LCDC for helping with the whole process from start to finish.”All members of staff were delighted with the purchase of the ipads and Christmas well and truly came early to Timahoe NS.Fair play to all concerned!SEE ALSO – Social media campaign set up for Mountmellick boy to star on worldwide chatshow ‘Ellen’ Previous articleSocial welfare waiting times are unacceptable, claims local TDNext articleLaois woman’s beautiful new song rides high in the iTunes Chart Conor Goode WhatsApp Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Single Mom

first_imgThe concept of single is not new, it was there at the time of Satyug when Sita Ji had to do all the upbringing of Luv-Kush alone, face the hardships & ultimately it pays off as they become the righteous prince of Ayodhya later, to be graced & accepted by their father; Lord Ram. The popularity of the tales & teachings of Ramayana is not unknown as it’s still being re-run by Doordarshan in the lockdown times with great abundance & fanfare. So why shy away from the concept, a man is widely applauded if he is a single parent then why not women.Everybody in this whole wide world has got only one life (if anybody thinks otherwise, please pass me the secret formula too), so start living life on your own terms, rise &shine to the lives event as it’s passing from our hands slowly like the sands of time. Live & let others live should be the concept not to die & let others die with you too. After all, life is all about self-transformation, self-discovery; there is no set path. As a society, we must encourage single women & men.Explore & live life abundantly with positive vibes as we can all see that a big pandemic (corona) is knocking on soo many doors &we never knew for sure till we can save ourselves from it. So better to live in the moment & don’t live the life of regrets as we are the flagbearer for the next generation &mainly for our daughters.last_img read more

Marshfield girls swim team’s Alberts wins 100 butterfly in loss to Wausau East

first_imgTigers have four second-place finishes in home meetBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Marshfield freshman Kaitlin Alberts won the 100-yard butterfly for the Tigers’ lone victory in a 115-54 loss to Wausau East in a Wisconsin Valley Conference girls swim meet Tuesday at Marshfield High School.Marshfield senior Elizabeth Lecker swims the 200-yard freestyle during the Tigers’ home meet against Wausau East on Tuesday.Alberts won the 100 butterfly in 1:07.80, half a second ahead of East’s second-place finisher.Marshfield had second-place finishes from Hope Risa in the 200 individual medley (2:35.18) and the 500 freestyle (5:58.98), Alberts in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.75), and Sophie Koehn in the 200 freestyle (2:17.85).Marshfield also finished second in all three relays.The Tigers are off until Oct. 5 when they travel to Merrill.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)VarsityWausau East 115, Marshfield 54Winners and Marshfield finishers200 medley relay: 1. Wausau East (Haley Bunkleman, Olivia Richetto, Emma Clifford, Rayann Rehwinkel) 2:03.19; 2. Marshfield (Sophie Koehn, Kaitlin Alberts, Ariel Fernandez, Erika Roeglin) 2:10.49; 5. Marshfield (Hannah Berg, Riya Bolander, Maggie Stangl, Ciara Petersen) 2:40.88.200 freestyle: 1. Allison Gilles (WE) 2:11.07; 2. Koehn (MAR) 2:17.85; 4. Elizabeth Lecker (MAR) 2:28.18; 6. Mag. Stangl (MAR) 2:37.34.200 IM: 1. Bunkleman (WE) 2:28.79; 2. Hope Risa (MAR) 2:35.18; 4. Fernandez (MAR) 2:52.36.50 freestyle: 1. Clifford (WE) 27.72; 3. Roeglin (MAR) 28.46; 5. Alyssa Franks (MAR) 29.24; 6. Mag. Stangl (MAR) 32.09.100 butterfly: 1. Alberts (MAR) 1:07.80; 5. Fernandez (MAR) 1:15.61.100 freestyle: 1. Gilles (WE) 59.68; 4. Lecker (MAR) 1:05.94; 5. Petersen (MAR) 1:16.94; 6. AmilyShree Trivedi-Ziemba (MAR) 1:18.30.500 freestyle: 1. Olivia Richetto (WE) 5:51.28; 2. Risa (MAR) 5:58.98; 5. Roeglin (MAR) 6:33.03; 6. Hannah Hansen (MAR) 8:24.61.200 freestyle relay: 1. Wausau East (Rehwinkel, Clifford, Samantha Neuendank, Gilles) 1:53.20; 2. Marshfield (Alberts, Lecker, Risa, Franks) 1:59.63; 5. Marshfield (Berg, Mag. Stangl, Trivedi-Ziemba, Hansen) 2:23.57.100 backstroke: 1. Bunkleman (WE) 1:04.75; 3. Koehn (MAR) 1:10.66; 4. Franks (MAR) 1:11.33; 6. Petersen (MAR) 1:28.89.100 breaststroke: 1. Richetto (WE) 1:18.25; 2. Alberts (MAR) 1:21.75; 4. Bolander (MAR) 1:30.57; 6. Berg (MAR) 1:51.67.400 freestyle relay: 1. Wausau East (Bunkleman, Richetto, Neuendank, Gilles) 4:10.90; 2. Marshfield (Koehn, Roeglin, Risa, Franks) 4:20.65; 4. Marshfield (Bolander, Fernandez, Petersen, Lecker) 4:49.91.—JVNo team scoresWinners and Marshfield finishers200 freestyle: 1. Alex Downey (WE) 2:44.63.50 freestyle: 1. Dana Buchkowski (WE) 41.30.100 freestyle: 1. Buchkowski (WE) 1:10.28.200 freestyle relay: 1. Wausau East (Alex Downey, Addy Palacek, Jaclyn Ramirez-Laporte, Mikayla Weasler) 2:11.69.100 backstroke: 1. Berg (MAR) 1:35.60; 3. Trivedi-Ziemba (MAR) 1:45.93.last_img read more

Cloud Computing 2015: Expect Strong Performances from REST, Docker and Hybrid Cloud

first_imgWhat can we expect will happen with cloud computing in 2015?Forrester has announced their predictions for the 2015 cloud which include:Microsoft cloud revenues will trump Microsoft on-premise revenues – Microsoft Azure is seeing gangbuster growth.  While Microsoft cloud revenues today only account for about 5 percent of of the company’s total revenues, Forrester expects that in 2015 the cloud profit margin percentage for Microsoft will best what Microsoft is able to capture from the rest of their business.RESTful interfaces will rule – This may not be much of a prediction since REST services seems a given nowadays for most apps, although it is less clear how many companies are using them.  James Staten, Forrester analyst notes that, “if you want your back-office applications to be part of this move forward, relying on traditional integration methods such as enterprise service buses, JDBC connections and SOAP is inadequate for modern applications.  You’ll have to evolve your integration architecture to REST in 2015.”Other Forrester 2015 cloud predictions listed by ZDNet include:Cloud Breaches will continue – Governance failures, poor key management and lax security will continue to leave many cloud applications vulnerable.  This prediction seems likely.Docker containers will see wide acceptance – With support from EBay, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other companies, this prediction doesn’t seem too risky.SaaS vendors to provide more Hybrid – Increasingly SaaS providers will offer ways to connect on-premise and cloud applications and data.Cloud Storage pricing will claim lives – The cloud storage pricing wars among Google, Amazon and Microsoft is expected to make this market sector a difficult one to compete in.  Backup and disaster recovery services are especially expected to be hit hard.last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Nokia

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The BasicsNokia is a massive telecommunications company, headquartered in Finland. In 1987, it launched the Mobiria Cityman, one of the world’s first mobile phones, and helped launch the GSM standard that led to massive mobile adoption worldwide. By 1998, on the back of iconic models like the 5100 and 6100 series candy bar phones that flooded the U.S., Nokia was the world’s largest cell phone manufacturer, and it’s currently the 143rd largest company in the world, with more than 120,000 employees. In February, 2011, Nokia agreed to an extremely cozy deal with Microsoft in which Nokia would produce flagship Windows smartphones and combine mobile services on the devices. Nokia would offset its licensing costs by reducing its in-house development, and Microsoft incentives could net Nokia several billion dollars. The ProblemNokia is massive, but it’s also massively unprofitable. In its Q1 2012 filing, Nokia posted an operating loss of 1.3 billion euros (260 million euros non-IFRS, which ignores certain intangible expenses) created by a 26% drop in net sales from 10.4 billion euros in Q1 2011 to 7.4 billion euros this year, with negative margins in every area of the business. Particularly worrying is a 38% drop in smartphone sales, the highest growth and highest profit sector of the industry. Nokia says it has 4.9 billion euros in cash on hand, but analysts predict that money will be gone in just a year or two.Nokia blames “greater than expected competitive challenges” for the problem, which translates to “Apple, Samsung and even HTC are eating our lunch.” iOS and especially Android are devouring the smartphone market, and like RIM’s Blackberry, Nokia’s Symbian-based smartphones haven’t kept up with consumer demand. (See Nokia Versus Android: Death by a Thousand Cuts.) For too long, Nokia also ignored the U.S. carriers, with the recently released, Windows-based Lumia devices as their first real push into the American smartphone market. (See The Nokia Lumia 900 Could Be Today’s Best Smartphone, But…)On the low end, Nokia is struggling against Samsung, which recently stole the #1 overall spot Nokia had held for 14 years. And yesterday Nokia reported that it will cut 10,000 jobs worldwide, while today Moody’s downgraded Nokia stock to junk status.The Players When it announced the layoffs, Nokia also indicated that Chief Marketing Officer Jerri DeVard, Executive Vice President of Mobile Phones Mary McDowell and Executive Vice President of Markets Niklas Savander were leaving the company as well. In the wake of their departures, the one man running the show is clearly Stephen Elop.Elop, whom ReadWriteWeb ranked as one of the five worst CEOs in technology in 2011, is defined by his previous job as the head of Microsoft’s business division. In 2011, we criticized his decision to place Nokia’s future in the hands of Windows Phone, but given how horribly Nokia has handled its own OS, Microsoft might be the only shot Nokia has. But the current Nokia-Microsoft relationship gives all the power to Microsoft, so don’t expect any earth-shaking leadership from Elop over the next year.The PrognosisNokia is running out of money. While the current restructuring is a step in the right direction, the company needs its partnership with Microsoft to score some major wins while Nokia trims more staff and focuses on being a hardware company. Nokia certainly has the technical resources not just to survive, but actually thrive – but the fast-moving and hypercompetitive smartphone may not give the company the time it needs to retool.Can This Company Be Saved? Unlike RIM, Nokia has some truly cutting-edge, consumer-friendly hardware (including a 40MP camera in the 808 PureView that can provide lossless digital zoom and incredibly crisp smaller images through oversampling).In the right hands, with the right operating system, Nokia’s technology could definitely find a market. A buyout would be ideal, both financially and organizationally, giving Nokia the resources needed to make drastic changes and consolidate further.Unfortunately, the company’s biggest potential suitor has already balked. Microsoft apparently evaluated the company’s financials last year and declined, leaving Nokia to muddle through as a preferred supplier, rather than a full member of the team. If Nokia’s sticker price continues to drop, however, more buyers will emerge. Let’s hope Nokia has more than just patents to offer when they do. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#Deathwatch#Microsoft#mobile#Nokia#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces cormac foster The DeathWatch So FarResearch In Motion: no change in statusHP: No change in status Like RIM before it, this week’s DeathWatch victim is another looming casualty in the smartphone race. But despite its fall from grace, Nokia still has friends in high places. If CEO Stephen Elop can reorganize the company’s business fast enough and catch some lucky breaks from best-buddy Microsoft, it just may be able to stave off the inevitable. But time is running out.last_img read more

Questlove Rolls Out His New Signature Dish At Zama

first_imgChef Zama and Questlove of The Roots making the Questlove Roll The “Questlove Roll” will be available on the menu at Zama beginning next week. For each roll sold, $1 will go toward Questlove’s chairty of choice, Harlem Village Academies. Questlove of The Legendary Roots Crew has another food venture and this time, he’s rolling out a new signature menu item at Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, Zama. Questlove teamed up with Chef Zama to create a roll that mixes a Philly classic – the cheesesteak – with Japanese flavors. The cheesesteak roll aka the “Questlove Roll” includes premium Japanese Wagyu beef, provolone cheese, sauteed onions and spicy mayo all rolled in a red pepper flaked soy paper. Watch the drummer and Chef Zama make the “Questlove Roll” below.center_img Restaurant Info Zama 128 S. 19th Street Philadelphia, PAlast_img read more

Energy Management vs. Power Management in the Data Center, Take 2

first_imgThe extra dynamic power range comes at the expense of instituting additional processes and operational complexity.  However, please note that there are immediate benefits in power and energy management accrued through a simple equipment refresh.  IBM reports an 11X performance gain for Nehalem-based HS22 blade servers versus the HS20 model only three years old.  Network World reports a similar figure, a ten-fold increase in performance, not just ten percent. The relationship is not always linear, but the figure illustrates the concept.  On the x-axis  we have the workload that can range from 0 to 1, that is, 0 to 100 percent.  P(baseline) is the power consumption at idle, and P(spread) is the power proportional computing dynamic range between P(baseline) and power consumption at 100 percent workload.  A low P(baseline) is better because it means a low power consumption at idle.  For a Nehalem-based server, P(baseline) is roughly 50 percent of power consumption at full utilization, which is remarkable, considering that it represents a 20 percent over the number we observed for the prior generation, Bensley-based servers.  The 50 percent figure is a number we have observed in our lab for a whole server, not just the CPU alone. Upgrading the electrical power infrastructure to accommodate additional servers is not an option in most data centers today.  Landing additional servers at a facility that’s working at the limit of thermal capacity leads to the formation of hot spots, this assuming that electrical capacity limits are not reached first with no room left in certain branch circuits. Another useful figure of merit for power management is the dynamic range for power proportional computing.  Power consumption in servers today is a function of workload as depicted below: I will be elaborating on some of these ideas at the PDCS003 Cloud Power Management with the Intel(r) Nehalem Platform class at the upcoming Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on the week of September 20th.  Please consider yourself invited to join me if you are planning to attend this conference. If a 50 percent P(baseline) looks outstanding, we can do even better for certain application environments such as load-balanced front end Web server pools and the implementation of cloud services through clustered, virtualized servers.  We can achieve this effect through the application of platooning.  For instance, consider a pool of 16 servers.  If the pools is idle, all the servers except one can be put to sleep.  The single idle server is consuming only half the power of a fully loaded server, consuming one half of one sixteenth of the cluster power.  The dormant servers still draw about 2 percent of full power.  Hence, after doing the math, the total power consumption for the cluster at idle will be about 8 percent of the full cluster power consumption.  Hence for a clustered deployment, the power dynamic range has been increased from 2:1 for a single server to about 12:1 for the cluster as a whole. The CPU is not running in any of the S-states than S0.  The selection of a specific state depends on how fast that particular server is needed online.  It takes longer to bring up a server online in the lower energy states.  Servers in G3 may actually be unracked and put in storage for seasonal equipment allocation. There are two types of potentially useful figures of merit, one for power management and one for energy management.  A metric for power management allows us to track operational “goodness”, making sure that power draw never exceeds limits imposed by the infrastructure.  The second metric tracks power saved over time, which is energy saved.  Energy not consumed goes directly to the bottom line of the data center operator. In the figure below note that each platoon is defined by the application of a specific technology or state within each  technology.  This way it is possible to optimize the system behavior around the particular operational limitations of the technology.  The graph below is a generalization of the platooning graph in the prior article.  For instance, a power capped server will impose certain performance limitations to workloads, and hence we assign non time critical workloads to that platoon.  By definition, an idling server cannot have any workloads; the moment a workload lands on it it’s no longer idle, and its power consumption will rise. A virtualized environment makes it easier to rebalance workloads across active (unconstrained and power capped) servers.  If servers are being used as a CPU cycle engines, it may be sufficient to idle or put to sleep the subset of servers not needed. I would like to elaborate on the topic energy vs. power management in my previous entry. Please note that a mechanism that yields significant power savings may not necessarily yield high energy savings.  For instance, the application of Intel(r) Dynamic Power Node Manager (DPNM) can potentially bring power consumption by over 100 watts, from 300 watts at full load to 200 watts in a dual-socket 2U Nehalem server that we tested in our lab.  However, if DPNM is used as a guard rail mechanism, to limit power consumption if a certain threshold is violated, DPNM may never kick in, and hence energy savings will be zero for practical purposes.  The reason why we do this is because DPNM works best only under certain operating conditions, namely high loading factors, and because it works through frequency and voltage scaling, it brings a performance tradeoff. To understand the dynamic between power and energy management let’s look at the graph below and imagine a server without any power management mechanisms whatsoever.  The power consumed by that server would be P(unmanaged) regardless of any operating condition.  Most servers today have a number of mechanisms operating concurrently, and hence the actual power consumed at any given time t is P(actual)(t).  The difference P(unmanaged) – P(actual) is the power saved.  The power saved carried over time t(1) through t(2) yields the energy saved.last_img read more

Sri Lanka was better side in Test series: Sangakkara

first_imgThey let India level the three-match series by not grabbing chances but Sri Lanka was a better side throughout, host skipper Kumar Sangakkara said on Saturday.India on Saturday won the third Test by five wickets to deny Sri Lanka a series-win but Sangakkara drew satisfaction from their dominating performance.”It is one all. It is neither here nor there. But I thought right through the Test series we took more wickets. We scored more runs and we definitely created a lot more opportunities.”Of course we did not convert those opportunities in these two tests. It was the only window India had to come back to the series,” Sangakkara said.The Lankan skipper said the third Test could have taken a different turn had they grabbed chances against Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina on Saturday.”I think we had a couple of chances this morning with Sachin and then with Raina. I think that would have made it lot more interesting. But the way they batted was excellent.They batted very positively, they kept scoring runs. And apart from Suraj Randiv and Malinga we could not exert pressure from the other end either to take wickets or to cut down runs.”Sangakkara said a score of near-300 would have made the contest more tight.”I think we would have liked to have close to 300 runs but the situation that we had 250 to defend was a great effort from Mendis and Thilan Samaraweera. Few chances here and there and all of them have proved crucial in the final analysis,” he said.advertisementSangakkara also praised the preparation of the wicket, which had something to offer to all the players.”Usually it helps the fast bowlers a bit more than that, But the statistics show that the team batting last have won every test match here in the past two years.”But probably the wicket was dry than it has been before.And probably it offered enough for every one in the first two days and more more to the spinners over the last three days.But over all a great wicket,” he said.last_img read more

GOSF’14: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro launched in India at Rs. 49,490

first_imgChinese tech major, Lenovo has finally launched its Yoga Tablet 2 Pro in India. The device which was first unveiled back in October is now up for grabs exclusively via online retailer Flipkart at a price tag of Rs. 49,490.     The main highlights of the Lenovo’s new tablet offering are its built-in pico projector and a powerful sound system under the hood. Notably, the pico projector onboard the device can project an image of up to 50-inches in size. Meanwhile, the 8-watt sound system on the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes with a JBL-powered subwoofer.The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro features a 13-inch QHD IPS display with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor alongside 2GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD. It sports an 8MP rear camera and a 1.6MP front-facing camera. Connectivity options on the device include: 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi. It decks in a 9600mAh battery.Meanwhile, Lenovo’s other offerings in the Yoga range are also available in India, namely: Yoga Tablet 2 (8-inch, Android variant) at Rs. 20,990, Yoga Tablet 2 (10-inch, Android variant) at Rs. 28,990, and Yoga Tablet 2 (10-inch, Windows varaint) at Rs. 34,990.last_img read more