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Nightmare for Audi owner as high tide traps car on Donegal beach

first_imgAn Audi driver’s day turned into a nightmare on a south Donegal beach yesterday after his car got stuck in the sand as the tide came in. The images show the flashy car caught on Rossnowlagh beach in Donegal as the waves roll in around it.A short time later, a tractor was arrived at the scene to remove the Dublin-registered vehicle. According to the Irish Mirror, it’s not known how much damage was sustained.Images taken of the unfortunate incident shows the car stuck in the sand before a tractor arrives to help it free.Speaking to the outlet, Matt Cooke, who took the photographs, said: “People see these stories as a bit of wacky fun, but there is a real knock on effect for us local surfers, days of lingering diesel smells etc.“It’s a big issue here, I think that’s the third car in three weeks. “Pressure on the council to act would be amazing.“I’m there twice a week, more when I can, it’s my favourite place on earth.“I hate to see any harm to it because it’s a stunning beach.“I’d also say it’s important not to make out the driver was a fool, the fools are the council not doing more to prevent it.”A spokeswoman from Donegal County Council said that although parking is permitted on the beach, they have signage advising motorists of the risks. Nightmare for Audi owner as high tide traps car on Donegal beach was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Audirossnowlagh beachlast_img read more

Joy for Bees chairman after council approve new stadium plans

first_imgBrentford chairman Cliff Crown reacts after Hounslow Council give the club the green light to build a new 20,000-capacity stadium at Lionel Road.See also:The moment Brentford’s Lionel Road plans were given the green light Brentford get green light for Lionel RoadFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Kruger Park tightens security

first_img SAinfo reporter 6 February 2013 South Africa’s Kruger National Park has started implementing new and improved security measures to crack down on poaching and other crimes in the reserve, South African National Parks (SANParks) announced on Monday. The measures are meant to build on current security arrangements. “We have taken a decision to deploy a crop of newly trained rangers to assist with policing and security at all our main entrance gates,” head of communications at SANParks, Wanda Mkutshulwa, said in a statement. “These rangers will help with search and seizure duties where necessary, as well as the arrest of offenders.” The rangers have also been trained in customer etiquette and sniffer dog handling. “Our tracker dogs have been instrumental in the many successful anti-poaching operations that we have decided to utilise sniffer dogs at our gates; we are in a fortunate situation where individuals and companies are assisting us with training and donations of these dogs,” Mkutshulwa said. “We are not pulling out any of our tracker dogs from their missions but have specially trained sniffer dogs ready for deployment.” The strategy forms part of the park’s wider strategy to combat rhino poaching. “We are at war and every single tactic will assist in ensuring that total control of all entry and exit points are managed by those tasked with the upkeep of the area integrity,” she said. “It is no secret that Kruger National Park has borne the brunt of these activities in recent times.” This follows reports of 57 rhinos having been killed in January alone. “If we are serious about winning this war, all commands must be marshaled from one point,” she said.last_img read more

Maasai cricket team want to knock rhino poaching for a six

first_img9 September 2015In a recent interview with News24, the captain of the Maasai Cricket Warriors Sonyanga Ole Ngais said their very unique African cricket team uses the sport as “a tool to spread social messages that are affecting our community.” The Warriors message is spreading globally in 2015, with not only an informal team tour that includes South Africa and Europe, but also in a documentary – executive-produced by English fast bowler James Anderson – that traces the origin of the team and their mission.Posted by LastManStands Joburg on Monday, August 24, 2015Warrior originsThe team, made up of Maasai tribesmen from the rural Laikipia region of Kenya, formed in 2009, after meeting a South African wildlife researcher Aliya Bauer with a passion for the game of cricket.During her time in Laikipia, Bauer missed her favourite sport so much, she decided to introduce a fun, informal version of the game to the local community. “I was missing my passion and I just wanted to share it with others,” Bauer told CNN in 2013.Together with local teachers, she gave lessons to school children. These early sessions also captured the imagination of the young Maasai warriors living nearby, watching curiously from the side-lines until finally some decided to try their hand at the game.“It was the first time we saw this kind of a game, because in Kenya cricket is not well known,” says Ngais. “At the time, it was just fun, but as we went on playing and training, we found out that we were starting to love the game.” Bauer, who is now also the team’s coach, agrees: “Cricket is a fabulous medium to build friendships and to engage people in a positive way.”For the team, the game came naturally, “bowling is a lot like throwing a spear,” says Ngais.Last Maasai standingEven without proper playing facilities, a shortage of funding and the absence of regular competition, the team and Bauer worked hard at mastering the game. The team entered the Last Man Stands (LMS) amateur cricket tournament for the first time in 2013.LMS is a shortened format (even shorter and more fast-paced than the T20 game) devised by South African Wayne Greve, designed to entice and encourage amateur but passionate cricketers and anyone new to game. It is a gathering of some of the world’s best and most enthusiastic amateur teams, and is one of the ways the game of cricket is attempting to gain popularity outside its traditional regions, with teams from North and South America, Asia and, of course, the Maasai Cricket Warriors.While the Kenyan team failed to win any of their games at their first LMS tournament in Cape Town, the team improved on its performance during 2014 in London, winning two of their games to reach the semi-finals of their group and getting the chance to play at the hallowed Lord’s cricket ground.The games and exposure, Ngais says, is fun and exciting, but for the team, cricket is a lot more than fun, it is also a chance to tell the Maasai story to the world. The team also use the game to spread important messages to their compatriots: tackling social issues like poverty and illiteracy, and teaching health and welfare messages on HIV/Aids, female circumcision and gender discrimination.The warrior causeThe Warriors use cricket as an educational tool to bridge between the old and the new. For the young team, there is an importance in communicating with the elders of the community, who sometimes fear the changes brought by the modern world, changes they feel may threaten the Maasai tradition and its existence. This wish to balance an established identity and heritage with the need for community development, education and a modern outlook, is something that resonates even in the game of cricket, where long traditions of play and etiquette in the game are threatened by new ways of doing things.The game is a very powerful metaphor between the conflict of young and old, new and comfortable, tradition and new ways of thinking. And the Maasai Cricket Warriors – playing cricket in traditional dress – are trying to bridge those differences. Such has been the local response to the team, it has even inspired more Maasai to pick up a cricket bat and ball, including ladies and junior teams.The Maasai Cricket Warriors are now tackling another African concern: rhino poaching and other illegal hunting.The Maasai people are considered some of the best hunter-trackers in the world, but have always tried to pass on the understanding of the differences between hunting for survival and hunting for sport or pleasure. The team travel the world, explaining these differences and highlighting the scourge of rhino hunting and other illegal hunting, and the detriment hunting has on nature.Warriors in South AfricaPosted by LastManStands Joburg on Monday, August 24, 2015The team recently visited South Africa to play a couple of exhibition games at Johannesburg’s Zoo Lake field, against an invitational side made up of retired professional cricketers and enthusiastic amateurs. The games, while merely a fun get-together in the park, were enthusiastically supported by locals, and it gave the Warriors a chance to spread their goodwill and their environmental message.The Glorious @MaasaiCricket Team… Dress in their traditional gear when playing cricket. pic.twitter.com/ACeN86a1n9— John Robbie (@702JohnRobbie) September 4, 2015The team and their tour were given some much needed exposure, even featured on the 702 John Robbie morning radio show. On the air, the team expressed a desire to take the game back into the wild, challenging a team to meet them in Kruger National Park for a game.Once word of the plans got out, fans from all over South Africa and the world took to social media to express their excitement about the prospective game, even begging for it to be broadcast on live television.Captain Ngais, in a post on the team’s Facebook page, wrote that the team appreciated the support and were eager for the game to go ahead. “We are ready for the game and we will give our best, we will use this as a platform to spread out rhino conservation messages to the whole world. We can’t wait for the official confirmation,” he wrote.Speaking to News24 earlier this month, Ngais said the proposed plan to “play with cricket legends in South Africa.in Kruger National Park.would be the best platform to raise awareness on rhino conservation in South Africa.”South African National Parks department, though, say they do not know of any plans to play a game of cricket in the Kruger, but are keen to help. “No arrangements have been made with the park management regarding the cricket match,” SANParks commented on Radio 702’s Facebook post, while general communications manager for the Kruger National Park William Mabasa urged the team and its management to follow up on the proposed plan. “(The team) need to send us a request and we can take it from there,” he told News24.Meanwhile, the Maasai Cricket Warriors carry on taking the cricketing world by storm, looking forward to their next Last Man Stands tournament in 2016, and continue giving the game a fresh and uniquely African twist.Source: News24 / CNNlast_img read more

Startups Aim to Make Augmented Reality Easy & Cheap

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#biz#How To Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Disclosure: Alcatel-Lucent is a sponsor of ReadWriteWeb. If your business has considered the use of 3D visualizations super-imposed on top of the physical world, you may be interested in two new efforts to make the creation of what’s called augmented reality faster, cheaper and easier than it’s ever been before. ReadWriteWeb research found that more than 1,000 augmented reality projects went live last year, the majority of them created by big, expensive design firms that specialize in AR and charge tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars just to get started.That may be an opportunity for market disruption and two startups launched this week that think they can radically democratize the creation of AR. Daqri is a low-cost QR and AR publishing platform for businesses and consumers that was unveiled at the Launch conference this week in San Francisco. Even more ambitious is the Georgia Institute of Tech’s newly released iPhone app called Argon, an open standards based AR browser. (iTunes link)center_img Related Posts Argon’s creators call the service “the world’s first open standards-based mobile augmented reality browser.” The research institute that built it is funded by global telephony infrastructure company Alcatel-Lucent.Not based on open standards but also not born of the academic research world is Daqri, a very business-friendly, low-cost AR publishing platform built by veterans of the robotics and defense tech worlds. Judges at the Launch conference this week, where Daqri debuted, were confused by the open-ended nature of the platform and probably by the founders’ Middle American (not Silicon Valley slick) demeanor. The communication paradigm is new enough that use cases are challenging to come up with. That’s the optimistic way of putting it; many people believe that AR is all smoke and no sizzle, that it’s never going to go anywhere because it doesn’t deliver real, lasting value.In the video below, you can see a Daqri browser user looking at how a marble counter top would look if it were installed in their own kitchen. There are clearly some cases where super-imposed visual communication is useful and Daqri offers it as a turn-key service, with easy management over time, at commodity pricing. The company also offers QR to mobile landing page publishing. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Cloud Startup Spotlight: ScaleMP

first_imgTags:#cloud#Virtualization Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ScaleMP, a Cupertino, CA based company, takes multiple physical machines and turns them into a single virtual image for high performance computing. Unlike Beowulf, which runs a single application across multiple machines, ScaleMP creates a single image with one operating system and the combines resources of all the servers.Why would you want to use ScaleMP instead of buying a single supercomputer?According to ScaleMP CEO Shai Fultheim, you can save money by combining multiple machines instead of buying a single large one. The cost of servers is non-linear: a two socket server may cost $5,000, a four socket server $25,000 and an eight socket server $80,000.The average ScaleMP customer is running 14 servers with 28 sockets. Some have virtual machines with hundreds of sockets. Applications include algorithmic trading, bioinformatics, complex simulations and genome research.Fultheim says one of ScaleMP’s clients needs to run an analytics job once a quarter. This job requires hundreds of gigabytes of memory. If this company didn’t have ScaleMP it would need to have one big machine that it only used once per quarter. Instead, it can pool the resources of several of its servers to run the job, and then use those machines for other tasks the rest of the quarter.ScaleMP is also experimenting with the possibility of running virtual machines, such as VMware or Xen servers, on top of one of its own virtual machines. The company has completed a technology preview, but Fultheim it’s not ready for production yet. Other future plans include taking advantage of GPUs.ScaleMP was founded in 2003. Its first deployment was in 2006, and it had three customers by the end of that year. By the end of 2010, it had 220 customers. According to Inside HPC the company secured series E funding in 2010 from Evolution Venture Capital and “a few private investors.” Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market klint finley Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar’s Back: The Problem and Beyond

first_imgIn my opinion, all this fuss about Sachin Tendulkar’s ailment is quite unnecessary (“The Problem’s Back”, September 20). For practitioners of the traditional “varma” therapy, it is a trivial matter. Unlike allopathic physicians who are unable to successfully treat lumbar spondylosis most of the time,”varma” doctors have treated many sports,In my opinion, all this fuss about Sachin Tendulkar’s ailment is quite unnecessary (“The Problem’s Back”, September 20). For practitioners of the traditional “varma” therapy, it is a trivial matter. Unlike allopathic physicians who are unable to successfully treat lumbar spondylosis most of the time,”varma” doctors have treated many sports personalities and film stars with similar problems.Dr Veluthamby, ChennaiInstead of going round the world for a check-up, what Tendulkar needs is a good counsellor who will tell him how to get rid of his burden.The country expects too much from him and the pressure is bound to tell on his performance. Sachin, just be yourself, motivate your teammates and do your best without thinking of the result of the match.Dr Anand Galagali, BangaloreSachin’s health problems apart, the performance of the team has been on the downslide ever since Anshuman Gaekwad, the talk-specialist, took over as its coach. In World Cup ’99 India put up one of its most unsatisfactory performances. In the recently concluded triangular series in Sri Lanka, the team was at its disappointing best. It is time Gaekwad quit as the team’s coach.Anil K. Sharma, Katiharlast_img read more

Big 12 Basketball Tournament: Start Date, Game Times, Bracket, Location

first_imgA general view of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball court.LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 24: A general view during the game between the Rider Broncs and the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on November 24, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Get ready college basketball fans. It is March, which means Madness is right around the corner. Before it’s time to fill out our NCAA Tournament brackets, however, we have the conference tournaments, which can be amazing events in their own right.The Big 12 has been arguably the best and most competitive league in college basketball this year, and the conference tournament kicks off next Wednesday, March 9, at 6 p.m., with the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds playing on ESPNU. Seeding for the tournament isn’t set yet, but we have an idea of how things will shake out when the Big 12 standings are set on Saturday.With Monday night’s domination of the Texas Longhorns, Kansas has clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Jayhawks face the winner of the 8 vs. 9 game, currently slated to be Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State.There is a large gap between the top seven teams in the conference, and the bottom three. Texas Tech, currently No. 7, is 8-8 in the league, four games ahead of Kansas State. Oklahoma State and TCU each have 14 conference losses.The tournament will take place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.Wednesday’s first round games will be broadcast on ESPNU. On Thursday, the first two games will be on ESPNU, and the second two will be on ESPN2. Friday’s games are on ESPN2, and Saturday’s championship game will be broadcast on ESPN at 5 p.m.Here is the bracket, which includes the tournament schedule, via the Big 12’s official website. The Big 12 standings won’t be finalized until after Kansas plays Iowa State at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.More Big 12 Tournament notes:Iowa State won the 2015 Big 12 Tournament, defeating Kansas 70-66 in the final. The Cyclones also won the 2014 tournament, topping the Baylor Bears in the final.Kansas, winner of 12 straight Big 12 conference regular season titles, last won the tournament in 2013, blowing out Kansas State 70-54.Big 12 Tournament tickets are available at StubHub.Kansas will enter the tournament as a favorite, but Baylor, Iowa State, Texas, and West Virginia have all been very strong this year, and will vie for the Big 12 championship. We can’t wait for things to kick off from Kansas City.Information on the ACC Tournament is available here, and learn about the Big Ten Tournament here.last_img read more

A Simple KnicksProof Proposal To Improve The NBAs Draft Lottery

Pelicans3850.5100.4 That’s more proportionate to the small difference separating Minnesota, New York and Philly in the standings.Here’s how the lottery balls would have been distributed in each of the past 10 seasons.4For 2012, which was shortened by a labor dispute, I’ve prorated loss totals to an 82-game schedule. On average, the worst team would have had about a 25 percent chance of winding up with the top pick, as it does now. But those chances would have been as high as 38.5 percent (for the record-setting 2012 Charlotte Bobcats) or as low as 19.0 percent (for the 2013 Orlando Magic), depending on how much separated the very worst team from the almost-as-bad ones. In a year like 2010, in which there was a big gap between the second-worst team (the 15-67 Timberwolves) and the third-worst (the 25-57 Sacramento Kings), that’s where the sharpest break in lottery chances would have been.It’s not the radical change that I’d prefer! But it’s a simple enough reform that even the Knicks couldn’t screw it up.CORRECTION (April 15, 3:36 p.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this post gave the incorrect location of the second-worst NBA team in 2005. At that time, the Hornets were located in New Orleans, not Charlotte. TEAMLOSSESLOTTERY BALLSCHANCE OF FIRST PICKLOTTERY BALLSCHANCE OF FIRST PICK Jazz4480.8100.4 Knicks6519919.957620.3 Kings54636.31696.0 Heat45111.1160.6 Suns4360.6100.4 Pistons50282.8812.9 76ers6415615.652918.6 Hornets49171.7642.3 CURRENT SYSTEMREVISED SYSTEM Timberwolves6625025.0%62522.0% Magic57888.82569.0 Nets4470.7100.4 Lakers6011911.936112.7 Nuggets52434.31214.3 The New York Knicks did something unusual Monday night: They won a basketball game — just their 17th this season. What wasn’t so unusual — from a franchise that starred in such tragicomedies as Amar’e Stoudemire punching a fire extinguisher and Andrea Bargnani nearly snatching defeat from the jaws of victory — was the Knicks’ poor sense of timing. Having spent most of the season ridding their roster of anyone who could possibly help them win, the Knicks have now won twice in a row.Those two wins could make a lot of difference to the Knicks’ chance of drafting Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns. With one game left for each team, the Knicks are 17-64, a game better than the Minnesota Timberwolves at 16-65. The Philadelphia 76ers have the third-worst record at 18-63.Let’s say each team loses its final game. Under the NBA’s lottery formula, the Timberwolves would have a 25.0 percent chance of landing the first pick, the Knicks would have a 19.9 percent shot, and the Sixers a 15.6 percent chance.That seems like an awfully big difference for teams that are separated by just one or two games in the standings. But it’s how the NBA’s rules work. The number of losses doesn’t matter, only the order of the teams.1The league does, at least, split the difference in the event of ties, so if the Knicks and Timberwolves each finish at 17-65, they’ll each have about a 22.5 percent chance at the first pick.There’s a better way to award those pingpong balls, one that maintains the spirit of the current lottery system without allowing a one-game difference to matter so much.Here’s how it works. Take each team’s number of losses. Subtract 41 (41-41 represents a breakeven record in the NBA). Then square the result. That’s how many pingpong balls a team gets. (OK, one more provision: A team gets a minimum of 10 lottery balls, including if it has a winning record.2Otherwise, a team with a winning record would get more lottery balls than a team with a 41-41 record, since subtracting 41 from a number less than 41 and squaring the result would produce a positive number.)That might seem arbitrary — but it produces results that are remarkably similar to the current formula, only fairer. What chance would each team have at the first pick this year, for example? Assuming each team’s final game goes according to the FiveThirtyEight NBA Power Ratings,3Meaning that the Wolves, Knicks and Sixers all lose. that would leave the Wolves with a 22.0 percent chance at the first pick, the Knicks at 20.3 percent and the Sixers at 18.6 percent. read more