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BUMBLEANCE TEAM SEEKS WALKERS AND JOGGERS FOR NORTH-WEST 10K

first_imgThe Bumbleance Children’s Ambulance project is seeking walkers and joggers to take part in the North-West 10K.The service helps families in Donegal bring very special little passengers to hospital and treatment centres around the country.They are trying to organise volunteers to take part in the NW 10K to raise much-needed funds. Those interested in raising funds can get sponsorship cards from 086 2740777. Among the many patients to benefit from the Bumbleance Service was little Jack Beatie Buchannan who celebrated his 3rd birthday this week.Little Jack was first to use the Bumbleance service.So if you haven’t signed up to a team or a sponsor, why not give the Bumbleance team a call. It’s a great cause. BUMBLEANCE TEAM SEEKS WALKERS AND JOGGERS FOR NORTH-WEST 10K was last modified: March 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:BumbleanceNorth West 10kvolunteerslast_img read more

Death toll rises to 31 in deadliest week of wildfires in Californias

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 11, 2017 Death toll rises to 31 in deadliest week of wildfires in California’s history KUSI Newsroom By JONATHAN J. COOPER and JOCELYN GECKERAssociated Press  SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) – Northern California’s wildfires have now killed 31 people – making this the deadliest week of wildfires in state history.  Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said Thursday night that two more people have been confirmed dead there. That raises the statewide death total from 29 to 31.  The Oakland Hills fire of 1991 killed 29 people by itself.  While no one fire currently burning has killed that many, collectively this is the deadliest series of simultaneous fires in the state since records have been kept.  The blazes, most of them in wine country, broke out almost all at once on Sunday night.California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Ken Pimlott gave the updated death toll Wednesday, calling the series of wildfires in wine country “a serious, critical, catastrophic event.”  At least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed since the wildfires started Sunday, making them the third-most deadly and destructive blazes in state history.  Nearly three days after the flames ignited in Northern California, firefighters were still unable to gain control the blazes, which were growing in number. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said 22 wildfires were burning, up from 17 on Tuesday.center_img October 11, 2017 Latest CA Wildfires Stats:3,500 homes & structures burned21 people killed20,000+ people evacuated pic.twitter.com/Z4Mdpi34qt— CAL FIRE PIO (@CALFIRE_PIO) October 11, 2017  Flames have raced across the wine-growing region and the coastal beauty of Mendocino further north, leaving little more than smoldering ashes and eye-stinging smoke in their wake. Whole neighborhoods are gone, with only brick chimneys and charred laundry machines to mark sites that were once family homes.  Authorities ordered more evacuations for parts of Sonoma Valley after a blaze grew to 44 square miles (113 square kilometers). Officials also cautioned that after a day of cooler weather and calmer winds, dangerous gusts will return Wednesday.  Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said the reports of missing people jumped to over 600, up from about 200 a day earlier. But officials believe many of those people will be found, saying that the chaotic evacuations and poor communications over the past few days have made finding friends and family difficult.  Despite that, he expects the death toll will rise.  “The devastation is enormous,” he said. “We can’t even get into most areas. I would expect the number to go up.”  Officials in Napa County say almost half of the population of Calistoga, a town of 5,000 people, were ordered to evacuate before sunrise. Officials went block by block, knocking on doors between 3 and 6 a.m. to warn people to leave, Napa County Supervisor Diane Dillon said.  New evacuation orders were also in place for Green Valley in Solano County.  Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann said high winds and low humidity fueled the fires and similar conditions were expected again.  “Yesterday was a very aggressive day for fire behavior with some rapid expansion for fires,” he said at a news conference. “We are expecting some extreme fire behavior” on Wednesday.  In Southern California, cooler weather and moist ocean air helped firefighters gain ground against a wildfire that has scorched more than a dozen square miles.  Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said the blaze was nearly halfway surrounded and full containment was expected by Saturday, but another round of gusty winds and low humidity levels could arrive late Thursday.  ___  Gecker reported from San Francisco. Associated Press writers Olga R. Rodriguez, Juliet Williams and Andrew Dalton in San Francisco contributed to this report.  ___  Follow the AP’s complete wildfire coverage here: https://apnews.com/tag/Wildfires.(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

E3 2019 George RR Martin game Elden Ring coming to Xbox

first_imgElden Ring is Xbox’s newest game Screenshot by Jackson Ryan/CNET Microsoft on Sunday took the wraps off Elden Ring, a new Xbox video game, during its E3 expo briefing at Microsoft Theater. The new game is the creation of From Software’s Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones’ author George R. R. Martin. Check out the trailer here: Post a comment Share your voice pic.twitter.com/cz8HniRFoD— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) June 7, 2019 • Details about the game leaked on Friday, ahead of the expo, when Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst at Niko Partners, tweeted the poster for Elden Ring and said it would be available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. In Elden Ring you’ll apparently be exploring kingdoms. If you kill each kingdom’s ruler, you unlock their special abilities and supernatural powers.  E3 2019 On Saturday, Electronic Arts showed off the first 15 minutes of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay, new free-to-download features of Apex Legends, and a new tropical expansion pack for the Sims 4. EA also touched on the action-adventure RPG Anthem, that had a rocky launch earlier this year. Bethesda also has a press conference scheduled for Sunday with Microsoft’s Xbox.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET)Ubisoft — 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET)Square Enix — 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET)Tuesday, June 11Nintendo — (livestream only) — 9 a.m. PT (noon ET)Originally published June 9 at 2:21 p.m. PT.Update, at 3:00 p.m. PT: Adds background. Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know E3 2019 reading • E3 2019: George R.R. Martin game Elden Ring coming to Xbox Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action EA Play opens the doors on new games at E3 2019 Culture Gaming Video Games 16 Photos See All Prior to the leak, there were rumors in May that Martin would be a game consultant for Dark Souls developer From Software. Martin confirmed in a blog post that he consulted on a video game out of Japan.At E3, most of the big announcements happen during the weekend pressers before the show starts. Sony won’t be holding a press conference during the show, nor will it have a booth. More from E3 How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET Check out the new #EldenRing trailer 🔥#Xbox #E32019 pic.twitter.com/1HblMIBa2N— GameSpot (@GameSpot) June 9, 2019 0 Electronic Arts (EA) Microsoft Sony Nintendo Tagslast_img read more

Bengals celebrated mountaineer set to conquer North Pole

first_imgKolkata: Satyarup Siddhanta, the Kolkata mountaineer who made Bengal proud in January by becoming the youngest man in the world to have scaled the seven highest peaks and volcanic summits across continents when he conquered Antarctica’s highest point Mount Sidley, is again embarking on an expedition to the North Pole. He has already left the city for the same.The mountaineer would ski for around ten days, 8-10 hours daily to reach the last point in North Pole, where the temperature varies between -25 to -35 degree Celsius. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIf Siddhanta successfully completes the arduous task in the next fifteen days, he will be the youngest person in the world to have completed the 7 highest summits, 7 volcanic summits, North Pole and South Pole and the first one from India to have done the same. “It is very challenging considering the inclement weather conditions, the presence of polar bears and the load of around 50 kg on the back, which needs to be carried during the expedition. But I am optimistic in placing our national flag on the North Pole,” Siddhanta said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA global company is sponsoring his expedition and the Indian flag was handed over to the mountaineer at a recent programme in the city by minister of state for Information & Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen. The North Pole has been adversely affected by global warming and the snow is melting there at a rapid pace. Experts have expressed their apprehension that the place may cease to exist after twenty years. The mountaineer, who originally hails from Haridevpur in South Kolkata, is a software engineer by profession. He holds an illustrious record of conquering several treacherous summits such as Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt Elbrus in Europe, Mt Denali in Alaska and Mt Monc Blanc in France. It was December 5, 2018, when Satyarup scaled Pico de Orizaba, which is the highest volcanic peak in North America. He was the first civilian Bengali to have scaled the seven summits in 2017. A Bengali mountaineer based in Delhi Satyabrata Dam had scaled the seven summits some years ago, but he was a non-civilian. He had successfully climbed Mt Everest in June 2016. Satyarup, an asthma patient as a child, could never even dream of scaling the mountains or other sports. But it was in 2008 when he went on a trekking trip with his friends that he decided to take up mountaineering. He went on scaling one peak after another and is now regarded as the country’s most successful mountaineer.last_img read more

Get Ready for the Next Digital Revolution as the Rest of the

first_img Excerpted from The New Digital Age by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen. Copyright © 2013 by Eric Schmidt. Excerpted by permission of Vintage, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.Being able to do more in the virtual world will make the mechanics of our physical world more efficient. As digital connectivity reaches the far corners of the globe, new users will employ it to improve a wide range of inefficient markets, systems and behaviors, in both the most and least advanced societies.Related: Breaking Into a Volatile (But Rewarding) Emerging Market  Impact on emerging markets. The resulting gains in efficiency and productivity will be profound, particularly in developing countries where technological isolation and bad policies have stymied growth and progress for years, and people will do more with less. The accessibility of affordable smart devices, including phones and tablets, will be transformative in these countries. Consider the impact of basic mobile phones for a group of Congolese fisherwomen today. Whereas they used to bring their daily catch to the market and watch it slowly spoil as the day progressed, now they keep it on the line, in the river, and wait for calls from customers. Once an order is placed, a fish is brought out of the water and prepared for the buyer. There is no need for an expensive refrigerator, no need for someone to guard it at night, no danger of spoiled fish losing their value (or poisoning customers), and there is no unnecessary overfishing. The size of these women’s market can even expand as other fishermen in surrounding areas coordinate with them over their own phones. As a substitute for a formal market economy (which would take years to develop), that’s not a bad workaround for these women or the community at large.Related: How Social Franchising Is Bringing Jobs to the Developing World The mobile revolution. Mobile phones are transforming how people in the developing world access and use information, and adoption rates are soaring. There are already more than 650 million mobile-phone users in Africa, and close to 3 billion across Asia. The majority of these people are using basic feature phones — voice calls and text messages only — because the cost of data service in their countries is often prohibitively expensive, so that even those who can buy web-enabled phones or smartphones cannot use them affordably. This will change, and when it does, the smartphone revolution will profoundly benefit these populations.Hundreds of millions of people today are living the lives of their grandparents, in countries where life expectancy is less than 60 years, or even 50 in some places, and there is no guarantee that their political and macroeconomic circumstances will improve dramatically anytime soon. What is new in their lives and their futures is connectivity. Critically, they have the chance to bypass earlier technologies, like dial-up modems, and go directly to high-speed wireless connections, which means the transformations that connectivity brings will occur even more quickly than they did in the developed world. The introduction of mobile phones is far more transformative than most people in modern countries realize.As people come online, they will quite suddenly have access to almost all the world’s information in one place in their own language. This will even be true for an illiterate Maasai cattle herder in the Serengeti, whose native tongue, Maa, is not written — he’ll be able to verbally inquire about the day’s market prices and crowdsource the whereabouts of any nearby predators, receiving a spoken answer from his device in reply. Mobile phones will allow formerly isolated people to connect with others very far away and very different from themselves. On the economic front, they’ll find ways to use the new tools at their disposal to enlarge their businesses, make them more efficient and maximize their profits, as the fisherwomen did much more locally with their basic phones.What connectivity also brings, beyond mobile phones, is the ability to collect and use data. Data itself is a tool, and in places where unreliable statistics about health, education, economics and the population’s needs have stalled growth and development, the chance to gather data effectively is a gamechanger. Everyone in society benefits from digital data, as governments can better measure the success of their programs, and media and other nongovernmental organizations can use data to support their work and check facts. For example, Amazon is able to take its data on merchants and, using algorithms, develop customized bank loans to offer them — in some cases when traditional banks have completely shut their doors. Larger markets and better metrics can help create healthier and more productive economies.Related: Is 3-D Printing the Key to Jump-Starting American Manufacturing?Advances in printing. And the developing world will not be left out of the advances in gadgetry and other high-tech machinery. Even if the prices for sophisticated smartphones and robots to perform household tasks like vacuuming remain high, illicit markets like China’s expansive “shanzhai” network for knockoff consumer electronics will produce and distribute imitations that bridge the gap. And technologies that emerged in first-world contexts will find renewed purpose in developing countries. In “additive manufacturing,” or 3-D printing, machines can actually “print” physical objects by taking three-dimensional data about an object and tracing the contours of its shape, ultrathin layer by ultrathin layer, with liquid plastic or other material, until the whole object materializes. Such printers have produced a huge range of objects, including customized mobile phones, machine parts and a full-sized replica motorcycle. These machines will definitely have an impact on the developing world. Communal 3-D printers in poor countries would allow people to make whatever tool or item they require from open-source templates — digital information that is freely available in its edited source — rather than waiting on laborious or iffy delivery routes for higher-priced premade goods. Related: Meet the Man Leading the Connected-Home RevolutionChanges in affluent markets. In wealthier countries 3-D printing will be the perfect partner for advanced manufacturing. New materials and products will all be built uniquely to a specification from the Internet and on demand by a machine run by a sophisticated, trained operator. This will not replace the acres of high-volume, lowest-cost manufacturing present in many industries, but it will bring an unprecedented variety to the products used in the developed world.As for life’s small daily tasks, information systems will streamline many of them for people living in those countries, such as integrated clothing machines (washing, drying, folding, pressing and sorting) that keep an inventory of clean clothes and algorithmically suggest outfits based on the user’s daily schedule. Haircuts will finally be automated and machine-precise. And cellphones, tablets and laptops will have wireless recharging capabilities, rendering the need to fiddle with charging cables an obsolete nuisance. Centralizing the many moving parts of one’s life into an easy-to-use, almost intuitive system of information management and decision making will give our interactions with technology an effortless feel. As long as safeguards are in place to protect privacy and prevent data loss, these systems will free us of many small burdens — including errands, to-do lists and assorted “monitoring” tasks — that today add stress and chip away at our mental focus throughout the day. Our own neurological limits, which lead us to forgetfulness and oversights, will be supplemented by information systems designed to support our needs. Two such examples are memory prosthetics — calendar reminders and to-do lists — and social prosthetics, which instantly connect you with your friend who has relevant expertise in whatever task you are facing.By relying on these integrated systems, which will encompass both the professional and the personal sides of our lives, we’ll be able to use our time more effectively each day — whether that means having the time to have a “deep think,” spending more time preparing for an important presentation or guaranteeing that a parent can attend his or her child’s soccer game without distraction. Suggestion engines that offer alternative terms to help a user find what she is looking for will be a particularly useful aid in efficiency by consistently stimulating our thinking processes, ultimately enhancing our creativity, not pre-empting it. Of course, the world will be filled with gadgets, holograms that allow a virtual version of you to be somewhere else, and endless amounts of content, so there will be plenty of ways to procrastinate, too — but the point is that when you choose to be productive, you can do so with greater capacity.Related: A Look at Tomorrow’s Tomorrow: We Will Live Inside ComputersComputers getting smarter. Other advances in the pipeline in areas like robotics, artificial intelligence and voice recognition will introduce efficiency into our lives by providing more seamless forms of engagement with the technology in our daily routines. Fully automated human-like robots with superb AI abilities will probably be out of most people’s price range for some time, but the average American consumer will find it affordable to own a handful of different multipurpose robots fairly soon. The technology in iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaner, the progenitor of this field of consumer “home” robots (first introduced in 2002), will only become more sophisticated and multipurpose in time. Future varieties of home robots should be able to handle other household duties, electrical work and even plumbing issues with relative ease.We also can’t discount the impact that superior voice-recognition software will have on our daily lives. Beyond searching for information online and issuing commands to your robots (both of which are possible today), better voice recognition will mean instant transcription of anything you produce: emails, notes, speeches, term papers. Most people speak much faster than they type, so this technology will surely save many of us time in our daily affairs — not to mention helping us avoid cases of carpal tunnel syndrome. A shift toward voice initiated writing may well change our world of written material. Will we learn to speak in paragraphs, or will our writing begin to mirror speech patterns?Related: WATCH: Microsoft Tests a Keyboard That Understands Your GesturesMachines that read gestures, even thoughts. Everyday use of gesture-recognition technology is also closer than we think. Microsoft’s Kinect, a hands-free sensor device for the Xbox 360 video-game console that captures and integrates a player’s motion, set a world record in 2011 as the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in history, with more than 8 million devices sold in the first 60 days on the market. Gestural interfaces will soon move beyond gaming and entertainment into more functional areas; the futuristic information screens displayed so prominently in the film Minority Report — in which Tom Cruise used gesture technology and holographic images to solve crimes on a computer — are just the beginning. In fact, we’ve already moved beyond that — the really interesting work today is building “social robots” that can recognize human gestures and respond to them in kind, such as a toy dog that sits when a child makes a command gesture.And, looking further down the line, we might not need to move physically to manipulate those robots. There have been a series of exciting breakthroughs in thought-controlled motion technology — directing motion by thinking alone — in the past few years. In 2012, a team at a robotics laboratory in Japan demonstrated successfully that a person lying in an fMRI machine (which takes continuous scans of the brain to measure changes in blood flow) could control a robot hundreds of miles away just by imagining moving different parts of his body. The subject could see from the robot’s perspective, thanks to a camera on its head, and when he thought about moving his arm or his legs, the robot would move correspondingly almost instantaneously. The possibilities of thought-controlled motion, not only for “surrogates” like separate robots but also for prosthetic limbs, are particularly exciting in what they portend for mobility-challenged or “locked in” individuals — spinal-cord-injury patients, amputees and others who cannot communicate or move in their current physical state.Related: ‘Future of Now’: The Convergence of Social Media, Crowdfunding and Tech Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. May 27, 2014 11 min read Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more