first_imgMalin GAA NewsLOTTOThere was no winner of this week’s lotto jackpot of €700, sequence drawn was 2-3-6-7-4-5-1. €50 winner was Colm Curley, Magherard and the winner of the 20 euro sellers prize was Christopher Mc Laughlin (Fildara). Next weeks jackpot is €750 and as always we would like to thank the local community for their continued support of our weekly lotto draw. Envelopes are just €2 or 3 for €5 euro and are available in most pubs and shops in the area or alternatively from our band of young eager sellers.CHRISTMAS DRAWTickets are currently on sale for the club Christmas Draw, with all proceeds going to the running of our underage sides. Tickets are priced at 2 euro each or a book or 6 for 10 euro. Prizes include a Christmas Hamper, Meal for 2, Meat voucher, Christmas Cake and a Tin of Roses. Draw will take place at Malin bingo on December 21st.CLUB SHOP The Malin GAA club shop will be open in the clubhouse on Saturdays from 12-2 and on Sundays from 11-15 to 2-00. There are a large selection of club merchandise in stock, which can be purchased on the day. A list of other club gear, hoodies, rain jackets, shorts, socks, hats, scarves, kit bags etc are also available. New to the club shop this year are club-crested gloves, which would make an ideal stocking filler. Club vouchers are now also available and would make an ideal birthday or Christmas present, or for any occasion. The club are holding a pre Christmas sale with Donegal fleece jackets reduced from €60 to €45. Malin club storm windcheaters are also reduced by 25% in the sale. Both items are available in mixed sizes. For more details, contact Susan on 07493 70638.UNDERAGE GIRLSTraining has now finished for the Under 6/8 and 10 girls. We would like to say a massive thank you to all the girls and their coaches for their efforts over the year.CLUB NOTESAny items for the notes or social media updates for the week should be forwarded to Martin on 086 1585880 or Linda on 086 3452769 or alternatively send an email to the club email address at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening. CLUB NEWSYou can now stay up to date with all the latest happenings within the club by checking our facebook page, by following us on twitter @malainnclg, or by sending a text to the club texting service 0868668531 to avail of club fixtures. If anyone has any club related information which they would like posted onto our facebook or twitter accounts, feel free to send a private message to the relevant accounts.GAA NEWS: CHRISTMAS SALE AT MALIN GAA CLUB-SHOP THIS WEEKEND was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAMalinNoticesSportlast_img read more

Ballon d’Or 2018: Liverpool superstar Salah leads Ronaldo and Messi in fan vote

first_img 1 Mohamed Salah is currently top of a Ballon d’Or vote to find out who fans believe should win the prestigious France Football award.The Egyptian enjoyed a stellar 2017/18 season across all competitions and on the international stage, scoring 25 goals in 36 games over the calendar year, so far. Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring against Southampton. center_img The likes of Luka Modric, Lionel Messi and Cristiano are among the favourites to win actual honour, award by journalists, Salah is currently top of the alternative poll.Upon announcing the 30 nominees for the award, France Football asked supporters who they felt deserved to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or.And currently Salah leads the way with an astonishing 50 per cent of the vote, with Lionel Messi second on 32 per cent and Cristiano Ronaldo third on five per cent.The fan poll has no bearing on the actual result with a ceremony to announce the winner of the prestigious award taking place in Paris on December 3, when a women’s award will also be presented for the first time.Ronaldo has won the last two, while he and Messi have five apiece in the quests to be labelled the greatest player ever.last_img read more

Catalina swim raises cancer funds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Attia was not allowed to have physical contact with anyone during the swim, according to marathon swimming rules. He also did not wear a wet suit, the release said. Attia, who grew up in Toronto, Canada, is a 2001 graduate of Stanford University and a relative newcomer to marathon swimming. He swam to raise about $10,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, which supports cancer research. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Maryland man completed a 26-mile swim between Santa Catalina Island and the California mainland on Tuesday to raise money for cancer research. Peter Attia, 32, of Canton, Md., finished his journey in less than 11 hours, according to a statement released by John Hopkins Hospital, where Attia works as a surgical resident. “Peter looks great and is in good spirits. I am so proud of him,” said his wife, Jill Attia. Since 1927, more than 100 people have completed the swim between Catalina and Point Vicente in Los Angeles. Attia started at midnight Monday and was followed by a charter boat and one of his swim coaches in a kayak. last_img read more

Giants hint at one last surprise for Madison Bumgarner on Bruce Bochy’s final day

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — On the final day of the season, Giants manager Bruce Bochy will take center stage.For much of September, the Giants hoped ace Madison Bumgarner would join him in the spotlight, but that’s no longer possible. Bochy announced the team has adjusted its rotation so that Dereck Rodríguez will start the team’s season finale instead of Bumgarner.“He’s been out there every start and he’s pitched enough,” …last_img

Observing Animals for Fun and Profit

first_imgWhether scientists watch Animal Planet for inspiration or not, they often are fixated on the wonders in the animal kingdom and want to understand and imitate them.  Here are some recent examples:Waddle of the Penguins:  Max Kurz at U of Houston enjoys watching cuddly penguins like most of us, but wonders how they waddle without falling down.  If he can figure out how they keep their balance as they bob from side to side when walking, he thinks he may be able to help the elderly and disabled.Antlers in a Rut  How can male elk and other members of the deer family grow such huge bony structures every year?  Joanna Price of the Royal Veterinary College wants to know, reported BBC News.  The antlers apparently grow from stem cells.  If they can do it, maybe humans can learn the secret of regenerating body parts.Go to the Ant, Thou Student:  Well, what do you know: ants have teachers and students.  An article in UK News Telegraph summarized a paper in Nature1 by two biologists at University of Bristol who found that ants can do “tandem teaching” – that is, the teacher will stop until the student signals that he got the lesson.  This is better pedagogy than in the ape world, where the teaching is always one-way.    The scientists were stunned at this “example of teaching.”  They wrote that, “to our knowledge,” this is “the first in a non-human animal, that involves bidirectional feedback between teacher and pupil.”  Reporter Roger Highfield threw in a rather quizzical line at this unevolutionary finding: “dullards and dunces will be encouraged by the discovery that it is the value of what is being taught and the teaching style, rather than brain size, that has most influenced the evolution of teaching”2 (emphasis added).  Teacher, could you repeat that? 1Nigel Franks and Tom Richardson, “Teaching in tandem-running ants,” Nature 439, 153 (12 January 2006) | doi:10.1038/439153a.2Highfield took this from the authors’ introduction to their paper: “This behaviour indicates that it could be the value of information, rather than the constraint of brain size, that has influenced the evolution of teaching.”  This was the only mention of evolution in the paper.We’re going to just keep racking up cases of wonders in the animal kingdom, and evolutionists’ utter cluelessness about explaining them, till students everywhere get the lesson.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Manure spreader calibration

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Invariably when I talk about manure spreader calibration there are a few chuckles. The image of a manure spreader doesn’t call to mind a piece of equipment that needs calibration; it is the equivalent of a hammer in a carpenter’s toolbox. No calibration or explanation needed — you just use it. However, as nutrient management and its corresponding linkage to water quality continue to grow in importance, all livestock owners and anyone who hauls and applies manure needs to become more aware of managing manure as a source of nutrients. When nutrients are purchased as commercial or synthetic fertilizer, we talk about an application rate in pounds of a particular nutrient that should be applied per acre. The desired application rate is achieved by using a calibrated fertilizer spreader. We can do the same with our manure spreaders.The application rate for manure spreaders is generally expressed as tons per acre or gallons per acre. Two common calibration methods to determine manure application rate are the swath or load-area method and the tarp or weight-area method. The swath method involves measuring the amount of manure in a typical spreader load and then measuring the land area covered by applying this load. This method is often used to calibrate liquid manure spreaders. The tarp method involves laying out several tarps, running a manure spreader over them and then calculating the amount of manure applied per acre. This method works well for solid manure. Let’s now examine each of these calibration methods in a little more detail.To use the swath or load-area method, for liquid manure spreader calibration, fill the manure spreader to a typical load level. The biggest question that must be answered is: how many gallons of manure are in the spreader? The manufacturer’s capacity rating can be used, but to what fill level does that capacity refer? Often the spreader may be filled to a different level. In other cases the manufacturer’s capacity rating may not be known. If there is doubt about the spreader capacity it can be calculated by some simple math. The volume for a round tank spreader is determined by the following formula: tank length x tank diameter x tank diameter x 0.8. For a noncircular tank spreader the volume formula is: tank length x width x depth x 0.8. Using these formulas, the volume will be in cubic feet.To convert to gallons multiply the cubic feet figure by 7.48. After the spreader is filled apply the load to a field using a typical tractor and spreader settings. If the area to be covered is not long enough for a single pass make sure to apply with typical overlaps. Next, determine the area covered in square feet by measuring the length and width of the application and multiplying those figures. The square feet covered divided by 43,560 will give you the acres or fraction of an acre covered by the spreader load. The application rate is then the spreader capacity divided by the acres covered, resulting in gallons per acre.To use the tarp or weight-area method, get three to four tarps or pieces of plastic of equal size. Plastic that was used to cover the bunker silo can work well for this. I like to use plastic cut to six feet by six feet, but almost any size can work. Weigh the plastic or tarps and get an average weight. Lay out the plastic or tarps in the field and stake them down so the wind will not blow them around. Load the manure spreader with a typical load of manure and then drive over the plastic at the tractor and spreader settings that are typically used. Gather the tarps and weigh them with the manure. Subtract the empty tarp weight from this value to get the weight of the manure. Divide the manure weight by the tarp area in square feet. Multiply that value by 21.8 to get a tons per acre figure. The 21.8 figure is the conversion of pounds per square foot to tons per acre derived from 43,560 square feet per acre divided by 2,000 pounds per ton.For example, let’s say I used six-foot-by-six-foot pieces of plastic that averaged three pounds. The square foot area of each piece is 36. After laying out the plastic in the field and running the spreader over it, I get an average weight of 28 pounds. Subtracting the empty plastic weight gives me a figure of 25 pounds of manure over 36 square feet or 0.69 pounds per square foot. Multiplying 0.69 x 21.8 gives a result of 15 tons of manure per acre as my application rate.Spreader calibration is an important piece of managing manure as a source of nutrients. It provides the operator with an application rate. The next step is to determine if that spreader application rate is too high, too low or just right. To answer that question depends upon a manure nutrient analysis, current soil test levels and crop nutrient removal rates, each a topic for another column.last_img read more

Florida or Ghana, E-Reading Innovators Face the Same Challenges

first_imgWorldreader, an e-reader nonprofit with a project in Ghana, and Clearwater High School in Florida, who also have an e-reader project, have found they are facing many of the same challenges. The kids each group serves are radically different in income and expectations. But they are quite similar in character. The administrators of both projects have passed out Amazon Kindle e-readers to large groups of students with the intent of piquing interest in reading and providing a library’s worth of access. Among the biggest challenges shared by both? Kids are born hackers. When Susan Moody, the marketing honcho for Worldreader, and John Just, Pinella County School District’s Assistant Superintendent of MIS, compared notes, they found that a substantial minority of e-reader users had replaced their official academic Kindle accounts with personal ones, allowing them to download off-canon literature. Adult-oriented, let’s say. Kindle, you see, does not come with any kind of parental control that can be enforced on the units. Both groups are pulling for such an addition and in the meantime can only keep an eye on whether the kids are using their academic accounts. Aside from the content being inappropriate for younger kids, going off-book so to speak also means the kids don’t have the right texts queued up for their studies. Other similarities in the experiences the two groups have had include conducting weekly conversations with Amazon regarding their needs and experiences and maintaining a close working relationship with publishers. One of the differences is in motivation. If a teacher in Florida doesn’t want to bother with the training or believes the technology is a distraction, it is probably because they already have access to the paper books the texts are from. In Ghana, that is not so. In Ghana, the e-reader program has made the difference not between one type of book or another but books or none. A cool outcome of the initial dialogue between Worldreader and Clearwater is an ongoing conversation that may include a relationship, based on books, between the students in both countries. Read more ReadWriteWeb coverage of e-readersWorldreader and Amazon. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Amazon#E-Books#E-Learning#NYT#web last_img read more

Actually, Facebook Marketing Does Work (If Done Right)

first_imgTags:#Facebook#web A recent post on ReadWriteWeb, titled, “Why Most Facebook Marketing Doesn’t Work” has received some attention as of late. The compelling headline surely gets brands, agencies, developers and anyone else interested in the Facebook eco-system to click. Essentially, the author puts forth a case that certain marketing tactics on Facebook don’t work, across the board. These tactics include like blocks, extended permission, unbranded apps, lots of apps on one tab, sweepstakes, and photo and video contests.In my experience working advising some of the world’s largest brands on Facebook, I agree with the author that some of these tactics are generally not best practices, however, applying a blanket statement to anything when it comes to social media is a slippery slope.“Most Facebook marketing doesn’t work.” Ok. Work for whom? And define “work.” See where I’m going here? With thousands of B2B and B2C brands and organizations across hundreds of industries, saying the fastest growing two-way communications platform in history “mostly doesn’t work” for marketing may be attention getting, but it’s not at all accurate. Examples of how these tactics have worked can be found all around the Web, including his own company’s website. Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guest author Michael Jaindl is chief client officer for Buddy Media. He has over seven years managing and building technology products for the largest companies in the world. Prior to Buddy Media, MJ worked at NBC and GE.Want to hear more about Facebook marketing from Michael? He’s leading a session on “Content + Context: Best Practices for Real Time Engagement on Facebook” at the upcoming ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit in New York City. Get your tickets now. michael jaindlcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Let’s look into each of the tactics mentioned in the original post and dig a bit deeper.Like BlocksA “like block” or “fan gate” is akin to putting up an entry page to your Facebook Page(s) and offering up people an incentive to like the Page to enter, whether it be exclusive content, a discount on products or services, etc. The author of the post said like blocking “typically has a 50% or more drop off rate,” but in our experience this often varies greatly depending on industry, the content or offer employed to incentivize the like etc. By 50% drop off rate, it is implied that half of the people who “like” a Page in response to a specific incentive will never come back.We’ve seen drastically different results, where brands have increased their fan base anywhere from 2 times to 10 times (and keep them engaged) by simply using owned media like a distribution list that pushes potential fans to a fan gated Page. This is a great fan acquisition strategy.Working with Playboy, we’ve been very successful utilizing like blocks, and Playboy now has more Facebook likes than actual magazine subscribers, an amazing feat for the brand. The key is making the content behind the fan gate worth it. Deep discounts, free samples and exclusive must see content can work well. Do like blocks typically have a 50% or more drop off rate? It depends. But they shouldn’t if you’re doing it right.Working with Playboy, we’ve been very successful utilizing like blocks, and Playboy now has more Facebook likes than actual magazine subscribers, an amazing feat for the brand.Photo and video contestsThis was perhaps the most interesting example of something the author said “mostly doesn’t work,” especially since as we mentioned earlier, there are success stories for these kind of tactics all around the Web.Also, as some commenters to the post pointed out, what the author suggested, running a photo or video contest outside of an app, is actually a violation of Facebook’s terms of service. We’ve seen varying levels of success with photo and video contests and certainly wouldn’t say they “mostly don’t work.” One of our customers, a national toy company, increased their fan-base on Facebook by 10,000 fans per week driven by a successfully executed photo contest with no advertising spend.Last year, the Miss Universe Organization ran a contest where people uploaded their photos and other information to be elected as a “contestant” for the 2010 Miss USA Pageant. The contest took place over a two week period and yielded more than 300 entries and tens of thousands of votesCertainly there is opportunity here, as eMarketer notes photo sharing is a major trend on Facebook. More than 6 billion photos are uploaded to Facebook each month.SweepstakesSweepstakes can be tricky on Facebook, but it’s not fair to say they “work” or “don’t work” across the board. This past fall, we launched a “fan only” sweepstakes on the Parents magazine Facebook page. More than 16,000 fans entered the sweepstakes. Meredith Corporation, the publisher of Parents magazine, has not seen a decline in engagement from these fans; in fact, they’ve seen increased engagement.In another example, workwear manufacturer Carhartt recently ran a sweepstakes that saw several thousand entries over just 10 days.Sweepstakes clearly can work, but you need to be smart about how you implement them. You also need to encourage people to share right after they’ve entered to increase viral lift. If you don’t have this functionality, you’ll be dead in the water.Where We Agree With The AuthorExtended Permission: We’ve all had the experience. You click on a cool app or link on Facebook and are brought to a page that asks if it’s ok for the app to pull some of your specific profile data. You have to really want the app or experience in order to move forward, right? The drop off data here can vary greatly, but it’s definitely higher than if you build an experience that doesn’t require this permission page to pop up.Unbranded Apps: The argument from the author is that brands can’t use widely available unbranded turnkey apps that don’t allow them to customize the experience, because people will “judge your brand in comparison to the best they’ve seen,” according to author.We completely agree that people expect a lot more from brands on Facebook today, as compared to a year ago. Brands on Facebook have moved from a one-off app strategy to an always-on Page strategy. (Remember before it was possible to “like” ReadWriteWeb?)Lots of apps on one tab: In many cases brands have seen success by pairing down the amount of content they have on a customer Facebook Page or tab to ensure that people know exactly what they can do (and how they can easily share with their friends) when they visit your Page. Facebook users don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to branded experiences. They want to get back to their News Feed to see what their friends are doing. Make sure the action you want someone to take is obvious, requires little time investment, and motivates him or her to share. If you make your fans look smart, cool, or in the know, it’s a great way to motivate sharing. Remember, Facebook users don’t just share what they want to share, they share what they think their friends will think makes them look smart, funny, or cool.Now lets get back to the original story’s headline, “Why Most Facebook Marketing Doesn’t Work.” It’s almost impossible to make blanket statements about the success of social media marketing campaigns without considering business objectives, audience, execution and other factors. Hopefully you feel the same way. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

ARM developing medical devices for chronic conditions

first_imgDigital health firm US TrustedCare and ARM, a leader in the semiconductor market, have announced a partnership to build medical devices for people with chronic conditions.The new collaboration will give third-parties access to variety of secure, authenticated, and auditable medical information. US TrustedCare said it will focus on the transition period, as patients recover at home.See Also: SoftBank banks hard into IoT with $32b ARM buyoutARM and US TrustedCare will build firmware, software, and APIs for healthcare and wellness, using existing industry standards. Third-parties will be able to integrate medical management systems seamlessly, according to the firm.“ARM is the most widely deployed processor technology in smartphones and wearables, devices we expect to be the main platform for securely gathering medical data and acquiring a patient’s biometric identity and consent,” said Shiv Ramamurthi, health care technology director at ARM.“US TrustedCare is a pioneer in remote monitoring and together we can help improve healthcare efficiency by enabling providers to gather trusted data, helping them make timely clinical decisions and deliver better care at lower cost.”ARM and US TrustedCare submitted a joint proposal to the “Move Health Data Forward Challenge,” sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which was chosen as a winner of Phase 1.“TrustedCare is focused on allowing health care providers to work in a coordinated way to enable the sustained recovery of patients. We are excited to work with ARM to create a new level of capability that allows providers to deliver more positive outcomes for patients as well as benefiting from the shared savings that will be generated,” said TrustedCare CEO, Ramkrishna Prakash. 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business David Curry Tags:#ARM#Healthcare#medical#US TrustedCare#wearable FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje…center_img Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health…last_img read more

How to Get Better Results from Your Outreach

first_imgEvery time you reach out to a customer to ask for time, you are making a couple of decisions. The first decision you are making is around the medium you choose. If you are asking for a meeting, there are different choices available to you, and a greater or lesser likelihood of achieving the outcome you want, in this case, a meeting.If you choose email as the medium, you are choosing a medium that isn’t particularly good for acquiring meetings. Email is something that is easy to ignore, and because you aren’t present, there is no way for you to resolve your dream client’s concerns about giving you their time. Sometimes they politely reject your request, and other times (maybe most of the time), they just delete the email and move on with their work.The phone still reigns supreme as the best medium, not least of all because almost anyone you would want to reach is never more than 36 inches away from their phone (it turns out that any distance further than 36 inches away causes headaches, sweating, difficulty in breathing, and in some cases, violent convulsions). A phone call allows for conversation, a synchronous communication and not asynchronous, like email, where there is a long pause between exchanges. If your prospective client has concerns, you are there to address them, massively increasing your odds of securing a meeting, if you’ve got the chops.The second decision is what you are offering of value in trade for your dream client’s time. If you want greater success, you have trade something where your dream client benefits even if they never buy from you. The Trading Value rule is critical (read more here in The Lost Art of Closing). If your client doesn’t recognize the value in meeting with you, you make it easy for them to reject your request and do something else with their time.If you can trade insights, ideas, new thinking, or interesting experiences from which they can benefit, there is value outside of deciding to buy from you. When you pitch the great privilege of listening to you talk about you, your company, your locations, and your solutions, you repel people from you like a skunk at the garden party.If you want to make prospecting easier, get better at it. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more