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first_imgKevin Cassidy rolled the years back in 2018 to help inspire Gaoth Dobhair to Donegal and Ulster Club Championship titles.The former Donegal player, a two-time GAA All-Star, was a key player as Gaoth Dobhair ended a 12-year wait to be crowned Donegal champions.And they didn’t stop there as Cassidy and co went on to collect the Ulster title, becoming the first Donegal side since 1975 to win the Seamus McFerran Cup. Cassidy also recently launched a new business venture, Smart Meals, alongside Sean Tianihad, a chef in Teach Mhici, the famous Gaoth Dobhair pub that Kevin helps to run.Here is Kevin’s My Donegal(1) Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Has to be at the Forland Heights as you can see the whole parish of Gaoth Dobhair with the wild Atlantic Ocean right underneath youGaoth Dobhair’s three pieces of silverware – the Ulster and Donegal Championships and the Donegal League title – at Bloody Foreland(2 ) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be? It should be marketed better for tourism(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?From a football and business pint of view it has to be Brian McEniff I admire the way he goes about his business both professionally and as a person(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Has to be Packie given his connection to the Hoops (5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Football beings the whole county together so when Sam came back to the hills that would have been the proudest moment for this forgotten county(6) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?McGee Clothing Donegal Town has a touch of class about it (7) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?It would have to be Daniel given his profile and his good nature(8) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Again I would have to say Brian McEniff seeing what he has built and to maintain things during the crash is admirable(9) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Growing up I would have looked up to Anthony Molloy and when I got to know him he is a real good guy(10) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?There is a little Cafe in Gaoth Dobhair called Caife Kitty and I love nothing better to head in there at lunchtime and unwind for half an hour the food is healthy and delicious(11) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Basking Sharks(12) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Agh it will be grand”(13) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?I think it has to be the local economy and the struggles that rural people and rural business face on a day to day basis(14) What is your favourite Donegal food?Charlie’s Hughie Tim’s (chef in the Ivy Gaoth Dobhair) home made brown bread it’s to die for(15) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?I think we don’t stand up enough as people. We just take everything that is thrown to us in relation to cuts etc and just sit back(16) Do you have a favourite local band?Danny & James who play with us in Teach Mhicí are unreal(17) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I would use it to help bring  my home town of Gaoth Dobahir back to life(18) What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?Sporting wise Ulster Club win and business wise helping bring people and students back in to Gaoth Dobhair(19) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Its peopleMy Donegal … with Gaoth Dobhair GAA star Kevin Cassidy was last modified: December 23rd, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Gaoth DobhairKevin CassidyMY DONEGALSmart MealsTeach Mhicilast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Semantic Web#Social Web#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… corvida 1 Today SezWho a universal profile, content discovery, and a sophisticated reputation engine provider, has announced its acquisition of Tejit, a provider of semantic intelligence solutions. The acquisition enables SezWho to provide more precise contextual reputation scores for contributors based on topics of conversation. ReadWriteWeb gives you an in-depth look into SezWho’s latest acquisition and how SezWho measures up to the competition.Sezwho, Tejit, and SemanticsTejit CEO Indus Khaitan began developing Tejit in 2007 as a personal project when he became frustrated reading duplicate content from the 1000+ blogs he had bookmarked. Since then, Tejit has expanded its analysis capabilities across millions of blogs. Tejit’s semantic-analysis engine uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) and semantic matching technology to identify topics, sentiments and entities present in web content. A Flawed TraditionAccording to SezWho CEO, Jitendra Gupta,The traditional method of content discovery based on the similarity of content is not adequate for connecting conversation across social sites in a meaningful way. A new level of context-sensitive, semantic discovery is required to reflect all the layers of users’ participation across the social web, and to track their contributions in a way that is universally relevant both within and across communities.There’s no doubt that the traditional rating system for comments has its flaws. In a post titled “Disqus Clout: Fail!“, Phil Glockner of Scribkin points out one of the biggest flaws of comment rating systems using Disqus as an example. In the comments section, Louis Gray sums up the problem nicely:I would expect it rewards those who comment most frequently, and wouldn’t be so much a subjective view.More Than Just A Rating SystemInstead of replacing your comment system, SezWho aims to augment the conversations. Keeping the aforementioned flaw in mind, SezWho considers two important factors that: distributed conversations and the people behind them. SezWho provides a meta network information around participants and context. The context has information from various platforms to allow data and content to reside within the community. The service captures valuable information about the history and expertise of individual contributors. Community ratings are only a portion of the cumulative rankings for an overall score.SezWho provided us with a comparison chart to better demonstrate the differences between what SezWho offers versus competitors Disqus and Intense Debate, which we’ve previously reviewed. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Adding Noise or Resolving Issues?With all that SezWho adds, it can be argued that some of it will amount to more noise for users. While, we’ve previously used SezWho here on ReadWriteWeb to enhance our community, some of our writers are using the less complicated Disqus platform on their personal blogs. We wonder if the amount of blog coverage has also affected SezWho’s userbase compared to Disqus, which has seen tremendous coverage since its launch. With SezWho, other important issues are being tackled beyond their enhanced reputation system such as keeping track of conversations over a plethora of platforms and enabling a more sophisticated way to discover relevant content. SezWho aims to enhance communities rather than replace them,but can they filter the noise that’s add everyday? A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

first_img(Missourinet) A representative from Major League Baseball (MLB) predicts Missourians will spend billions of dollars annually to bet on sports, if it’s legalized.Jeremy Kudon traveled to Jefferson City to testify Thursday before the Missouri House Special Interim Committee on Gaming.“According to the AGA’s Oxford report, Missouri bettors are expected to wager over $5.5 billion on sports, that’s about where New Jersey is right now,” Kudon testifies.The AGA is the American Gaming Association. Kudon predicts casino operators would make about $376 million a year from that, and that Missouri would receive approximately $37 million annually in taxes.Kudon also expresses some concerns, noting that MLB opposes allowing betting on spring training games.“Where the Cardinals may have a plan for (pitcher) Adam Wainwright to throw curve balls the entire first inning, that’s a real-life thing,” Kudon tells lawmakers.Kudon says he wants to see a bill that creates the best possible legal sports betting framework for Missouri. Kudon also represents the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the PGA Golf Tour.The “St. Louis Post-Dispatch” has reported that at least 18 other states and the District of Columbia allow residents 21 and older to bet on collegiate and professional sports.State Reps. Robert Ross, R-Yukon, and Cody Smith, R-Carthage, filed sports wagering bills in 2019, but the bills died because of a lack of consensus in the Legislature. Ross, who serves on the interim committee, tells Missourinet he plans to file a similar but improved bill for 2020.The National Football League (NFL) Players Association and the National Hockey League (NHL) Players Association also testified before the committee on Thursday.The NFL Players Association is calling on Missouri to establish a hotline for players to call, if the state legalizes sports wagering. Players Association counsel Joe Briggs expressed some security concerns for players, during his testimony.“So if I’m sitting at home and someone tries to drop a bag of cash on my doorstep to try to make sure that I play a certain way or not next week, who do I pick up the phone and call.” Briggs testified.Briggs tells state lawmakers the hotline could be run by Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol or the Gaming Commission.While the bulk of Thursday’s hearing involved sports wagering, the committee also heard some testimony about alleged illegal slot machines. That’s been a major issue at previous hearings.Committee Chairman Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, tells Missourinet the committee plans to submit a report to House Speaker Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, by December 1.last_img read more

first_imgBy Lea Dekkar, National Instruments Product Marketing Engineer, PXI embedded controllersNI is excited to bring the Xeon E5 v3 2600 Processor Family to the test and measurement industry in our PXIe-8880 embedded controller for the PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) platform. From simplifying daily tasks to overcoming complexity in nearly every industry, NI is the provider of solutions that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges.As an example, consider the latest smart mobile devices that incorporate microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) microphones, gyroscopes, and accelerometers, high-definition video encoding/decoding, along with GPS, WiFi, and Cellular RF technologies. As devices become more complex, manufacturers must not only consider the time it takes to test these devices on a production line but also the expanding test requirements imposed by these new functions. In order to maintain a competitive advantage, manufacturers look to the latest commercial-off-the-shelf technology such as the Xeon E5 v3 2600 Processor Family to achieve the superior performance needed. Traditional instruments may have sufficient technology to digitize a signal but are often running obsolete operating systems with outdated processing technology. NI has redefined the traditional testing approach with an approach that combines PXI modular hardware and LabVIEW system design software. With this combination, engineers use the latest technologies such as Intel multicore microprocessors, user-programmable FPGAs, PCI Express, and system design software to achieve the flexibility and scalability demanded for high-performance test and measurement applications. With the release of the Xeon E5 v3 2600 Processor Family, engineers can take advantage of improved CPU performance to unlock measurement capabilities and performance they’ve never achieved before.The collaboration between NI and Intel continues to give engineers and scientists the flexible solutions they need to accelerate productivity and drive innovation and discovery.  We are excited to release the PXIe-8880 embedded controller based on the Xeon E5 v3 2600 Processor Family. The new PXIe-8880 features 8 cores, 2.3 GHz base frequency, and up to 3.4 GHz single-core turbo frequency, making it the most powerful embedded controller available in PXI. When combined with more than 600 plug-in PXI peripheral modules from NI, engineers can immediately take advantage of this performance across a wide range of measurement and automation tasks.As Jim Robinson, General Manager for Intel IoT Solutions Group mentioned at NIWeek* 2014 last month “Unlocking the value of the Internet of Things (IoT) will require platform-based systems that are flexible and scalable to accommodate the growth of these smart machines.”  We couldn’t agree more, and look forward to what Intel, NI, our partners in the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Intel Embedded Alliance will do to help engineers realize the IoT.*To view the video of Jim Robinson’s keynote at NIWeek, see the Wednesday segment titled “The Internet of Things”For more on NI’s collaboration with Intel, click here: http://www.ni.com/intel-technology/last_img read more

first_imgHuman hunters may be making birds smarter by inadvertently shooting those with smaller brains. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that hunting may be exerting a powerful evolutionary force on bird populations in Denmark, and likely wherever birds are hunted. But the work also raises a red flag for some researchers who question whether the evolution of brain size can ever be tied to a single factor. The new work “broadens an emerging view that smarts really do matter in the natural, and increasingly human-dominated, world,” says John Marzluff, a wildlife biologist and expert on crow cognition at the University of Washington in Seattle who was not involved with the work.Hunting and fishing are known to affect many animal populations. For instance, the pike-perch in the Finnish Archipelago Sea has become smaller over time thanks to fishing, which typically removes the largest individuals from a population. This pressure also causes fish to reach sexual maturity earlier. On land, natural predators like arctic foxes and polar bears can also drive their prey species to become smarter because predators are most likely to catch those with smaller brains. For instance, a recent study showed that common eiders (maritime ducks) that raise the most chicks also have the largest heads and are better at forming protective neighborhood alliances than ducks with smaller heads—and presumably, brains.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Does the same hold true for birds that dodge human hunters? To find out, Anders Pape Møller, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Paris-Sud, assessed the brain sizes of 3781 birds from 197 species brought to taxidermists in Denmark between 1960 and 2015. The birds included pheasants, partridges, wood grouse, magpies, and hooded crows. Danish law requires taxidermists to record the date and cause of death of every specimen they handle. Møller’s co-author, Johannes Erritzøe, a taxidermist and ornithologist at the House of Bird Research in Christiansfeld, Denmark, autopsied each bird, noted its mass, and weighed its extracted brain. The scientists also assessed the birds’ body condition and age at death.They found that 299, or 7.9%, of the 3781 birds were shot. Birds with smaller brains relative to their body size were shot more often, as were larger individuals (which offer a bigger target), and males (perhaps because of their brighter colors). But if a bird had a large brain relative to its body size, the probability that it would be shot decreased nearly 30-fold, the scientists report today in Biology Letters. This held true, regardless of the birds’ health, body mass, sex, and species. Hunters, they conclude, are unwittingly turning their prey into large-brained birds by eliminating those with pea-sized brains from the population.The  scientists also compared the birds’ other internal organs—heart, liver, lungs—and found that only the brain was smaller in the hunted birds. “It means that hunting has a very peculiar and specific effect on the brain and not the other bodily functions of these animals,” Møller says.Hunters aren’t specifically targeting the smaller-brained birds, he adds. Such birds simply aren’t savvy about hunters, apparently lacking the smarts to realize that people with guns are dangerous. “They take longer to fly when approached by someone with a gun, whereas larger-brained birds enjoy the benefit of being wary.” Møller and his team couldn’t track changes in brain size over time, because hunting regulations in many of the study areas have shifted; there are some areas where it was once allowed, but it’s now banned. That could let birds with smaller brains gradually make up a larger part of the population, Møller predicts.“The study is intriguing, but I will remain a bit skeptical because it is based on a comparative long-term data set and not an experiment,” says Jesper Madsen, a population ecologist at Aarhaus University in Rønde, Denmark, who was not involved in the study. “To conclude that hunting selects for larger brains requires more than a correlational study.”Such an experiment is already underway—albeit inadvertently, Møller says. In the last 5 years, the hunting of snipe and curlew has been banned permanently in Europe. Scientists could compare specimens from the earlier hunting period with those collected after the ban to see whether these birds are evolving smaller brains, Møller says. “That’s a predictable consequence of stopping hunting.”Still, Madsen isn’t alone in his skepticism. “My heart drops every time I see another study like this showing a correlation between some factor and brain size,” says Susan Healy, an evolutionary biologist at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom. In 2007, she and Candy Rowe, a behavioral ecologist at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, assessed more than 50 studies that revealed a correlation between brain size and behavioral traits such as migration, deception, and female promiscuity. They concluded that this type of research did little to advance an understanding of either brain evolution or function.Healy’s and Madsen’s concerns are valid, Marzluff says. But, he adds, the study is valuable because of the questions it raises. “For example, did smarts pay off more for some species than for others? Were similar trends seen in social versus solitary species? That’s what correlational studies do: They generate questions.”Indeed, the authors raise several at the end of their study. To wit: If hunters are indeed making birds smarter, what will this do long-term to bird populations and to the sport of hunting itself? Will these birds be increasingly harder to catch, for example? And how would this affect wild predators that live on these species? Møller predicts they’ll have a harder time. As for the answer, stay tuned.last_img read more