Healthy Walks Group: The Healthy walks group continues to every Wednesday Morning from the CPI Centre at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome to come along. We are also starting a on Saturday mornings starting this Saturday 24th Leaving the CPI Centre at 11:00am. Everyone is Welcome. Castlefinn Community Alert Scheme: A meeting will take place in the CPI Centre on Tuesday 4th December at 8:00pm to launch the local community alert scheme. Superintendent Vincent O Brien and Crime Prevention Officer Paul Wallace in association with local Gardaí will be in attendance on the night to give a talk on keeping safe and secure in winter. Everyone is welcome along to the talk and if you would like to get involved in the scheme we would also love to see you on the night. Refreshments will be served. For further details please contact Corina in the CPI Centre on 074 – 9143976/ 0873289170. Whist: Ladies. 1st Geraldine Vambeck, Lifford with 182, 2nd Patsy Mc Granaghan, Castlefinn with 170 and 3rd John Mc Granaghan, Castlederg with 168. Gents: 1st Joe Corry, Castlederg with 171, 2nd Angus Stewart, Lifford with 168 and 3rd Malachy Browne, Raphoe with 167. 1st Half, Willie Meehan, Castlefinn with 87. 2nd Half Nellie Carlin, Castlefinn with 87. Snowball next week is €110 for €182 or better. Big Whist Drive Wednesday 28th November at 8:00pm. Scorecards €10. Supper will be served. Castlefinn & Districts History Club will present their very popular photographic Display in St. Marys hall Castlefinn on this weekend Sat. 24th. & Sun. 25th. Nov. from 12noon to 4pm. With up to 1000 old photos of people, places and events on display plus a list of new photos not previously displayed, there will be something of interest to all attending. We always welcome additional photos which can be displayed for the interest of the local community. Please come along and enjoy. Our new website is now up and running and can be viewed at www.castlefinn&districtshistoryclub.weebly.com Robert Emmet’s: weekly bingo continues on Fri. Night with a prize fund of €2700.Our Monster Christmas Bazaar takes place this year in St. Mary’s Hall on Sun 2nd. Dec. commencing at 7-30pm. St. Vincent de Paul: Christmas is coming and Winter is well on its way. We at St. Vincent de Paul realise that this can be a very difficult time for families and for the elderly. Sadly, as the economic depression continues, for the first time in their lives many people are finding themselves caught up in a “poverty trap”. We would advise people not to approach Money-Lenders to bridge the gap in their budget. This results in borrowing money at exorbitant rates of interest and adds more pressure to families after Christmas. We help people from all walks of life. We provide practical help to those in need like the elderly, lonely and deprived. We are a place to turn to where people can find a confidential and non-judgemental listening ear. St. Vincent de Paul would like to reach out to anyone who may be struggling this year and encourage approaching us to see if we can help in any way. Please call into our office or lift the phone on 074-9146726 where you will be treated in a non-judgemental and confidential manner. LOCAL NEWS: CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: November 19th, 2012 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:LOCAL NEWS: CASTLEFIN COMMUNITY NOTES
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device They don’t have to teach this at pro football class. Those who make it to the NFL figure it out on their own:Gloat while you can. After the Chicago Bears defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4, the Bears repaired to their locker room which was decked out as an honest-to-Roger-Goodell 1970s-era disco. You are dubious. You should be. But it’s true. Step into Club Dub. If Richard Gere, Andy …
A new version of the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) energy modeling software that uses inches and pounds instead of metric values is now available.The conversion is a joint project of the Passivhaus Institut in Germany and The Small Planet Workshop, a Tumwater, Washington, supplier of materials and training for high-performance buildings. It’s an updated version of an inch-pound version created in 2009.According to The Small Planet Workshop, the conversion work was performed by Dylan Lamar, an architect at Green Hammer in Portland, Oregon. Lamar also worked on the earlier conversion.Lamar and Albert Rooks, president of Small Planet, reached a deal on the conversion with Passivhaus Institut management last year, and work has been underway for the last six months. This version of PHPP can import designs from SketchUpThe project also includes the development of plug-ins that allow the new version of the PHPP to work with the Passivhaus Institute’s new Design PH SketchUp 3D modeling tool. Rooks explained, “You can create a 3D SketchUp model and then import it into PHPP for a quick look at the values and loads. The idea behind this is to make it easier for the project designer to do some quick analysis at the initial project stage and offer quick feedback to the project client in both load values and visuals. Kind of ‘passive house on the fly.’ ”The Small Planet Workshop says there were few changes from version 8.4 to 8.5. If you want more detail about changes in earlier versions, the company has prepared a summary of the differences between 2007 vs. 2012 versions. There’s also a summary of changes between 2012 and 2013 versions in the library section of the company’s website.The Small Planet Workshop has created a new website devoted to the software. The software, called IP-PHPP 2013 V 8.5, is available for $315. It also can be purchased through 475 High Performance Building Supply.
Mumbai, Oct 26 (PTI) The Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster “Arjun Reddy” is titled “Kabir Singh”.Starring Shahid Kapoor in the titular role, the film will hit the theatres on June 21, 2019.The film is directed by Sandeep Vanga who was also the director of the Telugu version. Kiara Advani plays the female lead.T-Series and Cine1 Studios are producing the project.”When we started work on the Hindi script, it was a very exciting journey. ‘Kabir Singh’, as the protagonist’s name, came naturally, considering the character’s graph. Kabir Singh has the same punch and madness of Arjun Reddy,” Vanga said in a statement.The film will be shot extensively in Mumbai, Delhi and Musoorie.Shahid will sport four different looks in the movie and has been preparing for it over the last three months. PTI SHDSHD
Megan Walker has been lobbying police for 10 years to release names of people who buy sex. (Submitted photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsWhen the Winnipeg Police Service revealed results of it sex-buying crackdown last week one thing was missing – the names of 34 men they arrested.“We’re unable to release the names,” said Const. Rob Carver, a media spokesperson.“It’s not public and we couldn’t do it.”Carver made the comments while revealing the results of Project Guardian, which targeted pursuers of underage sex between June 16 and August 31.He said 34 men – between the ages of 22 and 83 – were arrested for “street sexual exploitation” and charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration.The average age of the girls selling sex was 13.But Carver wouldn’t identify the buyers.He said privacy provisions were at play because the men were “released on what’s called a promise to appear or an appearance notice.”He said the names would appear on the court docket in about three weeks once charges were officially laid.Red dresses have come to symbolize Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. (APTN file)That has the head of an Ontario women’s shelter crying foul.“We release the names of drunk drivers, we release the names of those who download pornography, we release the names of those who break into banks,” said Megan Walker, executive director of the London Abused Women’s Centre.“But when it comes to the lives of women and girls, we’re just going to say, ‘OK, we’re not giving you that information?’”Walker said men who buy sex are “sexual predators” who don’t care if girls are under-age or trafficked into the sex trade against their will.She argues they’re just as dangerous as drug dealers and murderers.“These women and other women are at great risk of future harm if we don’t name these men.”Yet, it took Walker a decade to win over her police service.“It took me 10 years – it took our agency 10 years – to get them to wake up and recognize this was sexual violence,” she said.It was last February when then-London Police Chief John Pare agreed to change the naming policy.“Our agency fought really hard, along with many other agencies like NWAC (Native Women’s Association of Canada) and ONWAC (Ontario Native Women’s Association of Canada), to advocate for criminalizing men who purchase sexual services,” Walker said.The Minnesota Ramsey County sheriff’s office released these photos of men charged in an underage sex sting earlier this summer.The move made London only the ninth city in Canada to no longer withhold the names of those charged with purchasing sex.Pare noted London – like Winnipeg – is a major hub for human trafficking and sexual exploitation. And his force should use every tool to protect girls and women.Walker couldn’t agree more, noting each police chief in Canada has the power to make the names public.“Every single police chief across this country has the authority to make decisions around whether names will be released or not,” she said.“That is within the Police Services Act. So we had a great chief. Finally.”Yet her battle to smash “the patriarchy” is not over.Walker said London media outlets have refused to publish the now-available names and hold sex buyers to the same level of accountability as those accused of other crimes.“Every time it comes to the lives of women and girls: we are dismissed, we don’t count, women and girls are disposable and we are commodities,” she added, noting her agency has taken it upon itself to post the names on social media.“And the media and police and many organizations across the country believe those men need to be protected.”The Winnipeg Police Service withholds names of men arrested for buying sex from minors. (APTN file)However, Sgt. Rick McDougall, of the Winnipeg Police counter-exploitation unit, said more than just privacy is at play.He said first-time sex buyers are given the option of attending an education program instead of being prosecuted – so it’s not fair to release their names in advance.He noted in exchange for spending a day at Winnipeg’s Prostitution Offender Program with counselling by members of The Salvation Army – similar diversion programs exist across Canada – men leave without a criminal record.“Once the offenders go through that, and they get exposed to the true harms that they’re inflicting on these people…the deterring effect is huge,” said McDougall, noting the program boasts “a less than one per cent recidivism rate.”But Alaya McIvor, an Indigenous survivor of sexual exploitation and advocate for those at risk, wonders why sex buyers deserve this special treatment.“They’re exploiting a child in need of protection,” she said in an interview. “It should be a crime – it is a crime – to buy sex from minors.”McIvor testified about her cousin who was murdered in 2011 at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She also organizes an annual memorial walk in Winnipeg on Mother’s Day.“Why do guys get to go to a room for one day…when they just damaged a young kid for the rest of their lives?” she asked.“They need to publish those names; they need to be held accountable.”Under Project Guardian, McDougall noted a further 38 men were stopped and questioned at special checkstops. Five more were arrested from online sexual exploitation.READ Project Guardian press [email protected]@katmarte
What opponent would you least want to see on your favorite NFL team’s schedule? Most of you, I’d guess, would want to avoid Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. But after that?The Seattle Seahawks, despite their 3-3 record, remain a perfectly reasonable answer to this question. When our NFL Elo ratings come out later this week, they’ll have Seattle in third place — just slightly behind New England (and further behind Denver) and just slightly ahead of Dallas, Indianapolis and San Francisco. You could argue these cases — are you more afraid of the Seahawks defense or Colts quarterback Andrew Luck? Are you sure you’d rather play Seattle than Denver when the Seahawks already beat the Broncos this season — and demolished them in last year’s Super Bowl?It’s not as though Seattle’s season has been a disaster. The Seahawks have outscored their opponents by 18 points against a very tough schedule. Jeff Sagarin’s ratings at USA Today have them as the third-best team in football based solely on their performance this year.Our Elo ratings carry over performance from previous seasons, which helps Seattle some. This usually yields more reliable estimates of team strength, especially early in the season (six games is a small sample size). You could argue against accounting for prior years’ performance when a team is old or when its roster had turned over substantially. But Seattle’s hasn’t. It has brought its core back from last year, when it was the third-youngest team in football. Quarterback Russell Wilson is just 25, an age when most QBs are still improving.Nonetheless, the Elo ratings have the Seahawks as underdogs to make the playoffs. In the simulations we ran after Sunday night’s games, Seattle made the playoffs just 46 percent of the time.The Seahawks are harmed by playing in the NFL’s toughest division, in a deep conference and against a very tough schedule. A league-average team playing Seattle’s schedule this year would be expected to go 7-9 based on each opponent’s Elo ratings, so the schedule costs the Seahawks about one win.Seattle will also need to finish with an 11-5 record or better to be assured of making the playoffs. In simulations where Seattle finished 9-7 — its most likely record according to Elo — it made the playoffs just 23 percent of time, well below the historical average for 9-7 teams of about 50 percent.Nor may a 10-6 record be good enough. In our simulations, Seattle won the NFC West only 27 percent of the time with that record. More often, a 10-6 Seattle team made the playoffs as a wild card. But the NFC playoff picture is crowded. Seattle would have to compete for two wild card slots along with whichever team finishes second in the NFC East (probably Philadelphia or Dallas), whichever team finishes second in the NFC North (probably Detroit or Green Bay) and whichever other NFC West team (San Francisco or Arizona) also misses out on the division title.And while an 11-5 record was almost always good enough for Seattle to make the postseason, it only earned the Seahawks a division title 60 percent of the time. That means they’d start their playoffs on the road — depriving them of the benefit of the NFL’s biggest home-field advantage.Perhaps the Seahawks don’t have much right to complain — it was only four seasons ago when they made the playoffs as a 7-9 team in an awful NFC West. But the trend toward smaller divisions in sports makes odd outcomes like this more likely. If Seattle makes the playoffs, it will certainly have earned it.
The ability to smell food may be making you fat, while its absence may trick the body into thinking that it has already eaten, scientists say. Researchers, including those from University of California, Berkeley in the US found that obese mice who lost their sense of smell also lost weight on a high fat diet.The slimmed-down but smell-deficient mice ate the same amount of fatty food as mice that retained their sense of smell and ballooned to twice their normal weight, they said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe team also found that mice with a boosted sense of smell – super-smellers – got even fatter on a high-fat diet than did mice with normal smell.The odour of what we eat may play an important role in how the body deals with calories. If you can not smell your food, you may burn it rather than store it, researchers said.Sensory systems play a role in metabolism. Weight gain is not purely a measure of the calories taken in, it is also related to how those calories are perceived, they said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”This paper is one of the first studies that really shows if we manipulate olfactory inputs we can actually alter how the brain perceives energy balance, and how the brain regulates energy balance,” said Celine Riera, a fellow at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles in the US.Researchers noted that mice, as well as humans, are more sensitive to smells when they are hungry than after they have eaten, so perhaps the lack of smell tricks the body into thinking it has already eaten. While searching for food, the body stores calories in case it is unsuccessful. Once food is secured, the body feels free to burn it.Researchers used gene therapy to destroy olfactory neurons in the noses of adult mice but spare stem cells, so that the animals lost their sense of smell only temporarily – for about three weeks – before the olfactory neurons regrew.The smell-deficient mice rapidly burned calories up by regulating their sympathetic nervous system, which is known to increase fat burning.The team noted that the mice turned their beige fat cells – the subcutaneous fat storage cells that accumulate around our thighs and midriffs – into brown fat cells, which burn fatty acids to produce heat.Some turned almost all of their beige fat into brown fat, becoming lean, mean burning machines.In these mice, white fat cells – the storage cells that cluster around our internal organs and are associated with poor health outcomes – also shrank in size.Researchers found that the obese mice, which had also developed glucose intolerance – a condition that leads to diabetes – not only lost weight on a high-fat diet, but regained normal glucose tolerance.The study was published this week in the journal Cell Metabolism.
DevOps engineers are in high demand – the job represents an engineering unicorn, someone that understands both development and operations and can help to foster a culture where the relationship between the two is almost frictionless. But there’s some debate as to whether it makes sense to talk about a DevOps engineer at all. If DevOps is a culture of a set of practices that improves agility and empowers engineers to take more ownership over their work, should we really be thinking about DevOps as a single job that someone can simply train for? The quotes in this piece are taken from DevOps Paradox by Viktor Farcic, which will be published in June 2019. The book features interviews with a diverse range of figures drawn from across the DevOps world. Is DevOps engineer a ‘real’ job or just recruitment spin? Nirmal Mehta (@normalfaults), Technology Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, says “There’s no such thing as a DevOps engineer. There shouldn’t even be a DevOps team, because to me DevOps is more of a cultural and philosophical methodology, a process, and a way of thinking about things and communicating within an IT organization…” Mehta is cyncical about organizations that put out job descriptions asking for DevOps engineers. It is, he argues, a way of cutting costs – a way of simply doing more with less. “A DevOps engineer is just a job posting that signals an organization wants to hire one less person to do twice as much work rather than hire both a developer and an operator.” This view is echoed by other figures associated with the DevOps world. Mike Kail (@mdkail), CTO at Everest, says “I certainly don’t view DevOps as a tool or a job title. In my view, at the core, it’s a cultural approach to leveraging automation and orchestration to streamline both code development, infrastructure, application deployments and subsequently, the managing of those resources.” Similarly, Damian Duportal (@DamienDuportal), Træfik’s Developer Advocate, says “there is no such thing as a DevOps engineer or even a DevOps team. The main purpose of DevOps is to focus on value, finding the optimal for the organization, and the value it will bring.” For both Duportal and Kail, then, DevOps is primarily a cultural thing, something which needs to be embedded inside the practices of an organization. Is it useful to talk about a DevOps team? There are big question marks over the concept of a DevOps engineer. But what about a specific team? It’s all well and good talking about organizational philosophy, but how do you actually affect change in a practical manner? Julian Simpson (@builddoctor), Neo4J’s Global IT Manager is sceptical about the concept of a DevOps team: “Can we have something called a DevOps team? I don’t believe so. You might spin up a team to solve a DevOps problem, but then I wouldn’t even say we specifically have a DevOps problem. I’d say you just have a problem.” DevOps consultant Chris Riley (@HoardingInfo) has a similar take, saying: “DevOps Engineer as a title makes sense to me, but I don’t think you necessarily have DevOps departments, nor do you seek that out. Instead, I think DevOps is a principle that you spread throughout your entire development organization. Rather, you look to reform your organization in a way that supports those initiatives versus just saying that we need to build this DevOps unit, and there we go, we’re done, we’re DevOps. Because by doing that you really have to empower that unit and most organizations aren’t willing to do that.” However, Red Hat Solutions Architect Wian Vos (@wianvos) has a different take. For Vos the idea of a DevOps team is actually crucial if you are to cultivate a DevOps mindset inside your organization: “Imagine… you and I were going to start a company. We’re going to need a DevOps team because we have a burning desire to put out this awesome application. The questions we have when we’re putting together a DevOps team is both ‘Who are we hiring?’ and ‘What are we hiring for? Are we going to hire DevOps engineers? No. In that team, we want the best application developers, the best tester, and maybe we want a great infrastructure guy and a frontend/backend developer. I want people with specific roles who fit together as a team to be that DevOps team.” For Vos, it’s not so much about finding and hiring DevOps engineers – people with a specific set of skills and experience – but rather building a team that’s constructed in such a way that it can put DevOps principles into practice. Is there such a thing as a DevOps tool? One of the interesting things about DevOps is that the debate seems to lead you into a bit of a bind. It’s almost as if the more concrete we try and make it – turning it into a job, or a team – the less useful it becomes. This is particularly true when we consider tooling. Surely thinking about DevOps technologically, rather than speculatively makes it more real? In general, it appears there is a consensus against the idea of DevOps tools. On this point Julian Simpson said “my original thinking about the movement from 2009 onwards, when the name was coined, was that it would be about collaboration and perhaps the tools would sort of come out of that collaboration.” James Turnbull (@kartar), CEO of Rethink Robotics is critical of the notion of DevOps tools. He says “I don’t think there are such things as DevOps tools. I believe there are tools that make the process of being a cross-functional team better… Any tool that facilitates building that cross-functionality is probably a DevOps tool to the point where the term is likely meaningless.” When it comes to DevOps, everyone’s still learning With even industry figures disagreeing on what terms mean, or which ones are relevant, it’s pretty clear that DevOps will remain a field that’s contested and debated. But perhaps this is important – if we expect it to simply be a solution to the engineering challenges we face, it’s already failed as a concept. However, if we understand it as a framework or mindset for solving problems then that is when it acquires greater potency. Viktor Farcic is a Developer Advocate at CloudBees, a member of the Google Developer Experts and Docker Captains groups, and published author. His big passions are DevOps, Microservices, Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD).
Revamps and rewards with Contiki, Crystal learning platforms Posted by Friday, January 12, 2018 Tags: Contiki, Crystal Cruises, Education TORONTO — Contiki has updated its travel agent eLearning program ContikiU to include a more simplified way to earn Contiki Rewards.Contiki says the program will now feature two levels toward graduation, each boasting “snack size” training modules, ranging from five to 15 minutes each, to be completed at the agent’s leisure. The incentive program offers agents of all ages access to exclusive Contiki rewards based on the number of bookings they make.Agents can register for ContikiU by visiting contiki.com/agents.Agents who complete Level 1, consisting of the mandatory ‘Introduction to Contiki’ and ‘Europe with Contiki’ modules, will now be eligible to earn ‘Contiki Rewards’.Those who also complete Level 2, consisting of the mandatory ‘Asia with Contiki’, ‘The New Contiki Agent Site’ and ‘How to Sell Contiki to Millennials’ courses, will not only be able to redeem for rewards, they will also be qualified to join any of the upcoming four fam trips planned for 2018.“We know millennials and have seen more and more that are willing to seek the expertise of travel agents,” says Sheralyn Berry, Vice President of Sales for Contiki Canada. “This year, we updated our ContikiU program to allow agents of all ages to enrol and earn rewards – in the form of Contiki trips or cash rewards. We want to help them understand the millennial audience and ensure that they are knowledgeable of our products. ContikiU will further enhance our commitment to our valued travel agent partners and provide them with the insight and expertise they need to be successful. Not to mention, the incentive of accessing our amazing Contiki Rewards program!”More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upUpon completion of the two mandatory modules in Level 1, agents will graduate to become a ‘Contiki Champion’ and will be eligible for exclusive ‘Contiki Rewards’ that includes something for everyone from Contiki travel bags, free Contiki trips, and cash rewards (for those over the age of 35 or who simply want the money). The updated rewards program will be based on the amount of bookings made by the graduate. Champions who book:2 Contiki trips will receive a Contiki Parkland lunch kit5 Contiki trips will receive a $50 Contiki Store gift card (redeemable for Contiki branded merchandise), and Contiki swag7 Contiki trips will receive a $200 Visa gift card10 Contiki trips will receive a free Contiki trip (valued at $2,000) or $500 cash15 Contiki trips will receive a free Contiki trip (valued at $2,500) or $750 cash20 Contiki trips will receive one of the following: a free Contiki trip (valued at $3,000) or Travel with a friend or $1,000 cash50 Contiki trips will receive one of the following: a free Contiki trip (valued at $5,000) or Travel with a friend or $2,500 cashCrystal Cruises has also revamped its agent learning centre, debuting its newly renamed Partner Resource Center and also relaunching its updated Travel Agent University.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthFormerly the Travel Agent Center, the Partner Resource Center now has an updated platform, improved functionality and a comprehensive collection of materials and tools, says the cruise line.“We greatly value our relationships with our travel partners, and appreciate the extensive time and effort they put into growing their business,” says Carmen Roig, Crystal’s Senior VP of Marketing and Sales.Aimed at retail partners looking to expand their Crystal business, the new platform provides access to:Training videos and webinarsSales and marketing kitCrystal news and media centerCruise GuidebooksCruiseBuilder 3.0Personalized URL servicesTravel documents and forms portalCrystal sales team bios and backgroundsSpecial offersTravel partner faresCrystal says agents can also increase their Crystal product knowledge through enhanced training modules with the cruise line’s Travel Agent University. The modules have been redeveloped to represent the key selling points of each brand experience across Crystal’s luxury portfolio, including Ocean, River, Yacht Expedition and Air.The first three modules – Crystal’s Multi-Brand experience (billed as a high-level review of All Things Crystal), Crystal Ocean and Crystal River – are scheduled to launch next week. The Yacht Expedition and Private Jet Journeys modules will launch in the weeks to come. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>