first_imgWell done to all the Donegal dancers who recently competed in the 2011 world Irish dancing championships held in Dublin this week.Special mention to young Gerard Byrne who won the boys under 12 section as donegaldaily reported last Monday.Gerard from Drimarone dances for the McNelis Cunningham dance school. Other Donegal dancers who came home with world medals are  Áine McGill of McNelis Cunningham, Hayley smyth, Áine Cannon and Ross marley of Quigley school , Michelle Doherty of Ursula Moore school, Megan Bonner of Bonner Cannon school.Gerard is pictured here with his proud dance teachers Claire McNelis, Paula McNelis and Isabelle Cunningham at Citywest, Dublin.This year’s event was held in the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin, with more than 5,000 dancers competing from all over the world.ON TOP OF THE WORLD MA! ON TOP OF THE WORLD! was last modified: April 22nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Future Digital: Storing Content Forever

first_imgLong term document preservation.  That’s one of the tasks faced by the US Government Printing Office (GPO).  Most company documents managed under compliance regulations will usually have disposition schedules with recommendations for determining when documents are obsolete and can be disposed.  But the government has a much more difficult task for preserving millions and millions of documents for long-term historical purposes. To meet this goal, the GPO has taken on a project called the Future Digital System (FDsys).  This ‘Digital Content System’  project kicked off in July 2004 and is expecting to complete in October 2007.  The status of the project is updated periodically on the FDsys blog.FDsys is tasked with being able to electronically preserve, authenticate, manage and deliver documents on demand.  Printing and electronic delivery services need to be available to all branches of the federal government, 1250 Federal Depository Libraries, and to the general public.The GPO challenge is to be able to preserve today’s documents for the lifetime of the government.   In the world of paper, the process of preserving books for decades or hundreds of years is well understood.  But archiving electronic documents is much more complex than the archival of paper documents. Documents originating in formats like MS Office, PDF, XML, JPEG, or TIFF will need to be stored in ways to ensure readability years from now.  The range of existing file formats is huge and the pace that formats change, are introduced, and are obsoleted create the challenge.   A goal for the FDsys design was to use best of breed components that are based on open standards.  THE GPO created an architecture that is based on the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) model.  OAIS was designed as a domain neutral archtecture for preserving digital information for long periods of time.  It is frequently cited in the building of digital archive and digital library systems.  But it is often criticized as a standard that is not detailed enough in specifics.OAIS defines basic components called “Information Packets” and describes how to manage and access the content and what is needed to understand it.  One part of OAIS is called the Submission Information Package (SIP) that describes a method for generating packages of data for submission to the archival system. FDsys, if successful, is a system that could well serve as a model for other long-term digital libraries.  It will be interesting to track their progress and see how well the system works when it is made available next year. The GPO is faced with the challenging task of perserving millions of documents for historical purposes for future generations.last_img read more

Workers remain loyal, asserts Pawar

first_imgWith the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) threatening to implode as the Assembly polls inch closer, party president Sharad Pawar said on Friday that the leaders who were deserting the party had seen personal growth within the NCP. Mr. Pawar said that while the rank and file remained loyal, it was their leaders who were deserting the party. Speaking at a press conference in Shrirampur in Ahmednagar district, the usually imperturbable Mr. Pawar lost his calm when a television journalist questioned him about his relatives — NCP stalwart Dr. Padamsinha Patil, one of Mr. Pawar’s closest confidantes, and his son, Ranajagjitsinha, the MLA from Osmanabad — who are allegedly on their way out of the party.Dr. Patil is the brother-in-law of senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who is Mr. Pawar’s nephew. Responding to questions on the exodus of NCP leaders defecting to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena, Mr. Pawar said, “For the past 10-15 years the personal growth and development of these leaders has taken place within this very party. Now, perhaps they want more development and the BJP and Sena may have shown them some path to fulfil it. However, what exactly this ‘development’ is and what is its nature, I have no clue.”When a reporter then said not only leaders, but relatives like Dr. Patil, too, were on their way out, the NCP chief flared up. “What is the connection between politics and relatives… this is a highly improper question… why are you bringing up the subject of relatives?” said an incensed Mr. Pawar, demanding that the journalist apologise, and even threatening to walk away from the press conference.A visibly upset Mr. Pawar refused to let the reporter explain himself, remarking to others present that “those who lack civility should not be called for the press meeting.” “You either call him (the journalist who asked him the question) or you call me,” the NCP chief said, refusing to take queries and urging the reporter to leave the conference.After much persuasion from other journalists, Mr. Pawar was pacified and gave his reactions on other issues. Meanwhile, in an indication that he may be switching to the BJP, Ranajagjitsinha Patil has called for an open meeting of his followers in Osmanabad on August 31. In a lengthy Facebook post, the Osmanabad MLA called for a “family discussion” with his supporters “in view of the changing ecological and political conditions in the district,” citing the need to take a decision on the completion of irrigation projects and the creation of employment guarantee schemes. According to observers, the reason for Mr. Patil wishing to switch parties is purely economic as his business concerns are in the doldrums. “The Terna cooperative sugar factory in Osmanabad controlled by the Patil family has incurred losses that run into several hundred crores. The NCP MLA is expecting some form of bailout if he joins hands with the BJP. The latter, on the other hand, will gain a firm toehold in Osmanabad and try to secure control of other local institutions over which the Patils have great influence,” a local observer said. It is believed that Mr. Patil will join the BJP in the presence of party president Amit Shah in Solapur district on Sunday.last_img read more

Dzeko starts for Roma as Chelsea talks drag on

first_imgTransfers Dzeko starts for Roma as personal terms hold up Chelsea move Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author 03:05 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Edin Dzeko Roma Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Roma Serie A League Cup While contract talks advance slowly between the striker and the Blues, his current club intend to keep him on the pitch for as long as possible Edin Dzeko was picked by Roma on Wednesday in the middle of talks over a move to Chelsea. The Bosnian has emerged as the Blues’ top transfer target up front after an approach for Andy Carroll was scuppered by an injury to the striker. Goal understands that Roma and Chelsea have struck a deal for Dzeko, but that personal terms have been harder to agree so far.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea are reluctant to break the bank on the salary of a player who will turn 32 in March, frustrating efforts to seal the transfer. Another complicating factor regards Dzeko’s agent, who is yet to obtain a visa to visit the United Kingdom in order to continue talks. In the meantime, Roma have made a statement of intent by including the striker in their starting line-up for the Serie A visit to Sampdoria. Fellow Chelsea target Emerson, meanwhile, starts from the bench.Dzeko is the club’s top scorer this season with 12 goals in all competitions, helping the Giallorossi to fifth place in Serie A. The former Manchester City man was also crucial in Roma’s qualification for the Champions League last 16, beating out both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid to top one of the competition’s toughest groups.last_img read more

‘Haere Ra’, Mr Ian Milne san

first_imgA fitting tribute to a mighty fine and soon to be retired ANZAC ambassador and mate. By Julian Buckmaster – @JulianTFA“You can’t kill weeds!”As with most international sporting events, the great occasion of international elite competition affords a great opportunity for respective cultures, creeds and flags and foes to converge in a mutually friendly and familiar setting and embrace.This was no more evident than at the official 2016 Trans Tasman welcome ceremony and function held in Auckland overnight. The number of pleasantries and cultural exchanges marked symbolically, and at times beautifully, the great occasion of this year’s series featuring the popular and very progressive inclusion of Japan into the Australasian biennial battle. Of particular highlight and note was the traditional Maori greeting from the local Maori elders and Polynesian strains and beats from the local house band. But in amongst the speeches and brilliant renditions of Hakas, ceremonial greetings’ and, well, some more questionable contemporary cultural renditions, was a truly stirring tribute. A tribute to a man of fine repute and a true stalwart of the sport in New Zealand and abroad.This one will live long in the memory of this fine ambassador and his equally remarkable wife, Soyra. This quiet, retiring type would probably prefer it done any other way than a full-blown presentation in front a large audience, such is his humble and modest nature. That is, to quietly retire in a more subdued and discrete fashion.But to everyone present and to all in the international community that know of the vast contributions of both he and his wife, Soyra, there could be nor more fitting opportunity and occasion. â€œAgain, you don’t in my opinion do this for what you get out of it and to be appreciated in front of your peers and countries – who are like family to us all, is a great honour and privilege” he said.“I was blown away that I received the plaque but inside the box was amazing; a blessed and rather large piece of Maori greenstone mere [traditional Maori weapon].“I will certainly treasure this as I will the memory of reception in front of the marvellous community we have come to know and love.”‘Pounamu’, the Maori word for greenstone derives from New Zealand’s South Island – some of them have a balance in them and a warmth which is the tradition for when they are blessed.  Affectionately known as “Milney” and widely regarded in New Zealand, Australia and across the world for his work as a volunteer at events including Trans-Tasman’s, Touch World Cup’s, some Pacific Nations events, he will, as they, be greatly missed.Both CEOs of Touch Football Australian and Touch New Zealand [Joe Sprangers], were effusive in their praise of the great man and his long reputation and dedication. “On behalf of the Touch Football Australia community this is outstanding recognition of Ian and Soyra, two marvellous supporters and contributors to touch Football across both sides of the Tasman,” Maguire said following Sprangers’ moving tribute and presentation to Ian.“They are such dedicated volunteers and simply amazing people and a joy to work with along with Joe and the Touch New Zealand team.”And, as they also say, behind every great man…and in front and to the side of Ian is as always his lovely and equally regarded wife, Soyra. From the global sport perspective, Bill Ker had it right on the money: “In the 46-member nations that form the federation, volunteers are the backbone of the sport and give their time and skills to each member nation in a willing manner,” he said. “None more so than Ian from New Zealand who after 20 years [NZ for the last 10], assisting NZ in a volunteer capacity with their tournament control has retired leaving a huge void left by Ian and will be temporarily filled by those whom he has up-skilled during his many roles working for New Zealand.But fittingly, the final word goes to Soyra who has been side-by-side with Ian with his long and distinguished volunteer roles.“Just because he is retiring, I’m not!” Soyra emphatically said at the announcement of Ian’s pending retirement.“So, we better find a way for him to be involved as I will still be going.  â€œHaving said that he will always want to be involved in some fashion…you can’t kill weeds!” Nor would you think the weeds would grow under this man’s feet for too long.Related LinksThanks Ian & Soyra!last_img read more

9 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino writes off Janssen

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino writes off Janssenby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out a recall for Vincent Janssen.After defeat to Manchester United, Pochettino now loses Heung-min Son to South Korea’s Asian Cup campaign.Asked if Janssen could step up, the manager was adamant: “No, he is not in my plans.”On Son, he continued: “Yeah but we cannot change that. That is the risk in any competition, you know. “In football you cannot avoid the risk.”Four and a half years we are playing every week and testing the depth of the squad, not only that period, but I never complain and I am not going complain. I think we are going to recover players from injury and I think we are going to find the way to play in the best condition and be competitive like we were competitive in the last four years and a half.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

TD Bank says Albertas recovery not heroic but economy is improving

first_imgCALGARY – TD Bank says Alberta’s battered economy is headed in the right direction, but warns there are still a number of hurdles that could hinder recovery.A report released Thursday by deputy chief economist Derek Burleton is predicting economic growth between two and 2 1/2 per cent for Alberta in the next year which follows an increase of nearly 4.9 per cent in 2017.“It was a nice bounce back last year, but growth is settling down this year and we’re of the mind that you’re gonna get a continued moderate growth run over the next couple of years as the economy kinds of settles down,” Burleton said in an interview.“I don’t think many were anticipating a heroic recovery despite the fact that the recession was quite deep. Oil production should grow despite some of the challenges in terms of pipelines. That’ll get us two per cent which is not heroic.”Burleton said Alberta’s economy is within a year of returning “home” — a term used to characterize full recovery from a recession. However, it could be another two years before the job market fully recovers.“Employment is back to where it was pre-recession, but a lot of the jobs are self-employment, more of a freelance type,” he said.“Employers are kind of slow to bring back hiring and part of that does reflect the lacklustre investment outlook over the next couple of years.”The report also notes that government hiring, primarily in the health and education sectors, rose by nearly 10 per cent. Private sector jobs fell by five per cent during the recession.Burleton said the lack of investment in Alberta, particularly in the oil and gas sector, remains a concern.“I think that’s the Achilles heel for recovery so far. It is basically the missing element,” he said.“Investment is not going to be catching fire soon. We’re not anticipating a lot of growth over the next few years and clearly there are some hurdles there.”Burleton said Alberta could reassert itself as a leader in growth, but only if it deals with inadequate pipeline capacity, regulatory hurdles, and eliminating the government’s budget deficit.“We still are of the mind that the economy will reassert itself,” he said. “It may be a bit at odds given the timing of this report just after the Trans Mountain decision and some of the concerns around the oil and gas sector.”Late last month the Federal Court of Appeal quashed cabinet approval of the Trans Mountain expansion project.The forecast says there is reason for optimism, including the resiliency of global oil demand and limited supply outside of Alberta, and decreasing production costs.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

MLA Dan Davies seeks resolution to have Charlie Lake boat launch reopened

first_img“We have a limited amount of summer up here and it’s something that the province needs to start taking a serious look at its provincial campgrounds and earmarking some serious funding to get these boat launches up-to-date and specifically, the Charlie Lake Boat Launch so people can have access to that lake.”According to Davies, in a reply from the Government, the Ministry is currently working with the Peace River Regional District to get the boat launch revitalized and open to the public.In the meantime, while the District and Province are in talks, Davies says he will continue to apply pressure to get the boat launch open as soon as possible, preferably this summer.The next step for B.C. Parks and the Regional District is to look at the associated costs when it comes to repairing or replacing the boat launch. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local MLA Dan Davies is calling on the Province for a resolution in regards to the closure of the Charlie Lake boat launch.On April 25, Davies had sent a letter to the Ministry of Environment asking them to open the boat launch for the season.Davies says it is important to get the boat launch repaired and re-opened soon as there is a small window of time for the boating season.last_img read more