Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday 31st May

first_img Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday 31st May Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday 31st May:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsAppcenter_img By News Highland – May 31, 2018 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleBusiness owners along proposed A2 route voice concernsNext articleHighland’s Farming News – Thursday 31st May News Highland Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+last_img read more

Roosevelt Man Nabbed for Hempstead Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged gunman has been accused of shooting and wounding a 49-year-old man in the victim’s hometown of Hempstead over the weekend.Nassau County police said the 49-year-old victim was walking on Margaret Court when James McCullough walked up, pulled out a handgun and  fired several rounds, striking the victim in the left buttock and right forearm shortly before 7 a.m. Friday.The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and later released.Third Squad detectives apprehended the 41-year-old suspect, who is known to the victim, at his Roosevelt home on Saturday.McCullough was charged with second-degree attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon. He will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Duke is providing energy assistance funds to help customers

first_imgStatewide — Duke Energy is providing $300,000 in energy assistance funds to help qualified Indiana customers who may be struggling to pay their energy bills during the pandemic. The company also is emphasizing that eligible residential customers can avoid disconnections for nonpayment if they establish a payment plan, which can now extend up to 12 months.Duke Energy is working with the Indiana Community Action Association and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s Energy Assistance Program, which determines eligibility and distributes the company’s assistance funds.Recipients of the Duke Energy funds must be Duke Energy customers and meet income-eligibility requirements. The company also encourages eligible customers to establish a payment plan, if needed, for any outstanding balances to avoid disconnection.last_img read more

Fulham and Magpies after former Liverpool man – report

first_imgFulham and Newcastle are among the clubs that have been alerted to the possible availability of former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel, according to the Daily Mail.Hoffenheim are reportedly ready to sell the 25-year-old for £5m, with Swansea also said to be interested.Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is looking to pip his former club Chelsea to the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk star Willian, the Mail suggest.It is claimed Villas-Boas has made an enquiry about the Brazilian forward, who recently made his discontent clear after Chelsea apparently had a bid for him rejected.The Daily Mirror report that Chelsea are one of five clubs that would be able to buy Liverpool-bound midfielder Joe Allen from Swansea for £15m because of a clause in his contract.The Mail also say QPR want to take Raheem Sterling back to Loftus Road on loan.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is tipped to loan out the forward, with Rangers said to be interested in a deal.Sterling, 17, was with the R’s before securing a move to Anfield in 2010.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Single voice will build a nation brand

first_img“Brand South Africa is the authority that can help us all speak with one voice, with one identity,” Sithembile Ntombela, BSA general manager of marketing, at the organisation’s stakeholder workshop.Johannesburg, Thursday 2 June 2016 – Stakeholders agree that a nation and its representatives need to all convey the same message to build the brand. For South Africa, people need to overcome the disconnect between the image they have of themselves and the way the rest of the world sees the country.It was easier to remind visitors, and South Africans, of our uniqueness if we had one voice, said Thabo Masebe, who delivered the keynote address at the first of a series of workshops on nation branding held by Brand South Africa.Communication specialists from national, provincial and municipal government as well as representatives of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) such as Eskom convened to listen to presentations on branding, and more specifically nation branding, at the organisation’s head offices on 31 May.The departments and SOEs had to be united behind a single purpose, pointed out Masebe, who is the deputy director-general of Gauteng Provincial Communication Services.“There are events, like 2010 [the FIFA World Cup], that leave a mark. The question we need to answer is: how do we host the world in a way that lets them know that South Africa is the place to be.”A strong brand was built not just on a strong identity consistently communicated, but on being brave enough to embrace all that the brand represented, said Greg Maloka, the managing director of radio station Khaya FM. This honest approach, in nation branding, was the equivalent of the emotional attachment people developed towards commercial brands.“A nation is people with different experiences. What is it that appeals to us all on an emotional level? Is our diversity a strength or a weakness? Do we have a shared vision? How do we draw people in to share our diversity? If we all co-create this identity, then South Africans own the brand and are invested in its growth.”Dr Petrus de Kock spoke of the need for a single message to be delivered with one voice. Too many voices led to confusion, explained De Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager of research. As an example, he pointed to the difference in perception foreigners had of South Africa versus the way we imagined the country to be.“Globally, audiences perceive us more positively than we do. Our open democratic system and strong institutions are important to investors and we remain the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in Africa. Importantly, for the way we are perceived in Africa, we are the second largest source of investment in Africa,” he said.“For business, South Africa is the place to be if you want to do business in Africa. We are not doing ourselves any favours if we ignore the challenge of how we perceive ourselves.”Masebe said this was the result of people’s perceptions and as communicators it was the responsibility of the assembly to work to change that. “South Africans are positive about the country but they believe that the government has removed themselves from the people. We are the ones who need to change that (perception).”Brand South Africa was the organisation to do just that, added Sithembile Ntombela, the general manager of marketing. “Brand South Africa is the authority that can help us all speak with one voice, with one identity.”Its approach – to be both proactive and reactive – was the best way for a country brand to communicate its uniqueness successfully. Like great commercial brands, South Africa’s message should be focused, distinct, relevant and consistent. With Brand South Africa as the lead, South Africa’s message – its unique promise as a nation and destination – would be clearly heard.last_img read more Recommendation Engine for TV and Film

first_imgcurt hopkins Tags:#Recommendation Engines#web “ employs a proprietary algorithm that includes contextual and semantic analysis, collaborative filtering, and thematic push to deliver personalized TV, movie and video content recommendations.” I signed up for the beta and was interested to see if my weird taste in TV and movies would track at all. I like Blazing Saddles, Chuck, The Beekeeper, Erich Rohmer, Rick Steves, and A Blog About History, so heaven only knows what they’d make of that. You chime in on eight movies from Superbad to Casablanca. I wound up with The Bourne Supremacy (sure), Observe and Report (eh, probably not) and All Through the Night (never heard of it). It didn’t blow my mind but it wasn’t crazily out of the park either. Presumably, as I use the service, and rate more offerings, the engine will hone in on my weirdness and before you know it, voila! Kentucky Fried Movie and Cities in the Mist. Recommendations are broken into TV, Web, Mobile and iPad. A recommendation filtering mechanism can monitor your preferences. YouTube and most online video viewing sites have recommendation algorithms, but is a stand-alone site, with an emphasis on the recommendation process. The site provides you with a place to purchase each of its recommendations that are for sale, but unlike Hulu, say, it does not seem to be a platform for free programming.’s partners include Apple, YouTube, Tribune Media, Amazon, broadcast and cable networks and various online content creators. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… From shopping to music, the overload of information on the Web has been shaped and ordered by recommendation engines. There are even tools like the browser extension GetGlue that purport to sail the entire recommendations ocean. But one very important aspect of the online experience has been overshadowed: video. Milan- and Tel Aviv-based, currently in beta, has introduced a proprietary, cross-platform recommendation service to personalize television, film and video viewing. aspires to do for video what Pandora or do for audio.last_img read more

Retirement Webinar Series

first_imgPlease mark your calendars for two great web conferences designed to give a comprehensive view of retirement options and savings strategies for military and civilian personnel.On July 10 at 2 p.m. ET, Dr. Barbara O’Neill will present “Retire Ready: Financial Planning for Later Life,” which will cover retirement trends, retirement planning tools, 10 timeless retirement planning tips, sources of retirement income, and military retirement benefits. A member of the Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance concentration area’s leadership team, this is the second professional development web conference Dr. O’Neill has presented on behalf of the MFLN. Dr. O’Neill is a professor at Rutgers University and is Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Specialist in Financial Resource Management.On July 25 at 1 p.m. ET, Paula Gradwell of the Thrift Investment Board will present a web conference on Thrift Savings Plans, which will offer more details on this unique savings plan offered to military personnel.Both web conferences will be hosted on the DCA/DOD Adobe platform, which requires the installation of security certificates. Learn more about installation here.We hope to see you at these two informative conferences about retirement. However, if you cannot join these live events, please check Personal Finance webinars.last_img read more

Give the gift of noplastic sipping straws for the holidays

first_imgNEW YORK — Big problem or a fraction of the world’s plastic consumption? You decide, but know that single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists.As restaurants debate whether to voluntarily dole them out and lawmakers feverishly write bans against them to protect the ocean and sea life and to reduce stress on landfills, alternatives to plastic straws are plentiful. Some are downright gifty.If you want to feel better about yourself and your holiday gift choices, and to urge someone on your list to give up plastic because they seem not ready for the #NoStrawChallenge, look for these options:YES, TIFFANY & CO.Let your loved one sip in style with a selection of reusable, luxury straws from Tiffany, because who doesn’t love to see a blue box with their name on it come gift time?One, in sterling silver covered in rose gold vermeil, comes as a crazy straw with a twist at the bend at the top. The straw comes with a tiny band of the Tiffany blue in enamel, just to make sure people know its origins. $375.Another lets the sterling silver shine with a little monkey crawling up a vine. $425.PAPER CAN BE COOLThe disposable paper varieties of straws are enjoying a rebirth.Some are more festive than others. Amazon has an ample assortment in party-worthy metallics, colorful dots and chevrons, and special-occasion themes like black-and-white patterns or baby blue dots.Lots of brick-and-mortar stores are into paper straws, too. Prices vary.BAMBOO & GLASSIn addition to metals, from Tiffany level to more affordable in stainless steel, some materials not routinely associated with straws have become more widespread amid the plastic-straw debate.Bamboo is having a moment all over the place, in utensils, plates — even toothbrushes. If you think bamboo straws would go unused by your giftee, paper varieties in bamboo prints are available by the box.Prices vary for bamboo straws. One company, Brush with Bamboo, sells a cute bundle of 12 tied with string, for $20. They are grown organically and artisan-made in northeast India, where bamboo straws are traditionally used to drink beer.As for glass, well, some companies insist their offerings are shatter free. A box of four , with a little cleaning brush, goes for $7.99 on Amazon. Two are bent. sells a nice variety for all types of drinks.PASTA & WHEATThey may not be the longest lasting but many are no-GMO, fully biodegradable and come in wide sizes worthy of bubble tea.One version is called Hay! Straws and comes tall at 7.75 inches, in a cute box of 100, for $8. Shorter ones are also available. They’re made from wheat stems and are sold with a warning to sip through them, not ingest them.Another company calls itself, yes, Pasta Straw. It says it’s working on a gluten-free version.So what’s the draw? Well, Pasta Straws says on its website that paper straws biodegrade in 30 to 60 days. Pasta Straws do it overnight and are edible, the company said. A sample pack wrapped in paper with a company sticker includes 24 and goes for $7.99.The problem: Generally, pasta straws don’t last as long as, say, glass or metal. Upside, they don’t get soggy like paper straws.Leanne Italie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fidelity Southern and State Street rise Molina tumbles

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:Molina Healthcare Inc., down $11.72 to $120Insurers, hospitals and other health care companies fell after a Texas judge ruled that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.PG&E Corp., down $1.57 to $24.44California regulators said they opened an investigation into whether the utility falsified gas pipeline safety records.ABB Ltd., down 30 cents to $19.10The industrial automation company agreed to sell its power grid business to Hitachi of Japan.Goldman Sachs Group Inc., down $4.76 to $168.01Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman and two former executives for their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of a state investment fund.Fidelity Southern Corp., up $3.40 to $24.82The bank agreed to combine with Ameris Bancorp, another financial company headquartered in Georgia.Jack in the Box Inc., up $1.70 to $82.03The fast food chain said it is exploring strategic as well as financial options to improve value for shareholders.Deutsche Bank AG, down 20 cents to $8.60European stocks sank Monday and Germany’s main stock index entered a “bear market.”State Street Corp., up 36 cents to $63.89Bank stocks performed better than the rest of the U.S. market Monday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ohio State backs running down the dream of a starting job

After one season as the Ohio State’s football team’s wide receiver coach, Stan Drayton is the Buckeyes’ running backs coach, returning to the position he once played as a three-time Division III All-American at Allegheny College.In his first season under coach Urban Meyer, Drayton faces the task of replacing the team’s top running back from last season, Daniel “Boom” Herron, who ran for 672 yards in just eight games.Drayton won’t have Herron to work with, but the team returns three running backs who combined for 1,090 rushing yards last season.Carlos Hyde, a rising junior, ran for 566 yards this past season. Rising senior Jordan Hall ran for 408 yards as a junior. Additionally, rising redshirt sophomore Rod Smith ran for 116 yards in his first season.OSU’s stable of running backs also includes freshman Bri’onte Dunn, who enrolled at OSU in January and is participating in spring practices.Drayton said all four of the players are competing for playing time.“It’s open competition right now,” Drayton said. “We’re just trying to see who’s going to separate themselves. Nowadays, you got to prepare at least three or four (running backs) to make it through an entire season anyway, so all of these guys are preparing to get game-ready. As far as me setting the depth chart right now, I like to leave it open so these guys can continue to compete throughout the spring.”Hall, who led the Buckeyes with 1,275 all-purpose yards last season, is expected by some to be the leader of the OSU running game.Drayton said the coaching staff will use Hall in a variety of ways this season.“We’re going to play into Jordan Hall’s strengths,” Drayton said. “He’s a guy who can be a versatile player for us.”Drayton said he expects Hall to contribute as a receiver this season, but added that he thinks all the running backs should do so.“He’s very, very capable,” Drayton said of Hall’s receiving abilities. “We may put a little bit more on Jordan’s plate, but all of my backs are going to have to get out there, get lined up at wide receiver, recognize coverages and play out there.”Hall said he is uncertain how he will be used in the offense this year, but said he is looking forward to playing in the offense implemented by this year’s new coaching staff.“I don’t know really what my role is yet, but I just know that the offense is more zone reads, bubble screens, screens … just getting in open space,” Hall said. “I like being in space, and this is the perfect offense.”Drayton said he has been very impressed with Hall’s maturity this spring.“I’ve seen an unbelievable change,” Drayton said. “The leadership and the toughness, both in the weight room and on the field, that was already there, but he’s taken it to another level.”Drayton said he also has big expectations for Hyde this season.“Carlos’s progression is going to be very significant to our run game,” Drayton said. “We need Carlos to take his game to another level so he can contribute to this football team. He’s too talented not to.”Hyde was not made available for comment.Drayton said he expects Smith to have a bigger role this fall.“I’m very confident that (Smith) is going to make an impact for this football team,” Drayton said.Drayton also said he has high expectations for Dunn.“I think his future is going to be really, really bright around here,” Drayton said.Hall was asked whether he thought opposing defenses would be able to stop the OSU offense this fall.“Not if we execute,” Hall replied.OSU will kickoff the 2012 Spring Game Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more