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AVERAGE DONEGAL HOUSE PRICES RISE BY ALMOST 5% IN LAST SIX MONTHS

first_img.The price of the average three-bed semi detached house in Donegal has risen 4.76% to €82,500 in the last six months, a nationwide property survey has found.The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide to the end of the selling season in December.REA agents in Donegal are predicting a further 10% rise in prices in 2016, after 13.79% was added to the value of the average three-bed semi in 2015. According to Michael McElhinney from REA McElhinney in Bundoran there is a lack of supply to met growing demand in the area.“Prices rose and then stabilised in the fourth quarter of 2015,” said Paul McElhinney from REA McElhinney in Milford.“Supply has thinned out and there is still demand. We haven’t seen many new builds so price increases will be for whatever stock comes on market.”The average semi detached house nationally now costs €188,370, the Q4 REA Average House Price Survey has found – a slight rise on the Q3 figure of €186,102. Prices in Dublin city and county fell by -0.75% in Q4, while Dublin city alone fell by -0.69% – the average three-bed semi now costing €357,500.However, the biggest growth was in the rest of the country outside the commuter belt and larger cities, where house prices increased by 0.95% in the last three months.The lack of suitable supply is the biggest influence on the property market nationwide, according to REA Chairman Michael O’Connor.“What we have seen in the last three months are prices only increasing in areas that are offering people the accommodation that they require,” he said.AVERAGE DONEGAL HOUSE PRICES RISE BY ALMOST 5% IN LAST SIX MONTHS was last modified: January 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHOUSE PRICESriselast_img read more

DONEGAL SCHOOL BOOKS IN FOR THE ‘CHROME’ TREATMENT!

first_imgPrincipal Fiona Temple helps road-test the new Toshiba Chromebooks.A Donegal secondary school is to undertake a unique project in the new school year.Mulroy College in Milford is to take part in the Chromebook 2 rollout plan.The plan will see transition year students use the last technology to interact with wi-fi in the school. After the implementation of enterprise Wi-Fi into the school, Ciaran Cunningham, Head of IT for Donegal E.T.B., investigated a number of mobile device solutions to best complement the newly installed Wi-Fi infrastructure.Ciaran said “We considered options including functionality, usability in the classroom, value for money, mobile device management etc. As we manage Google Apps for Education for both staff and students, applications such as Classroom, Drive and Gmail were all a priority in any decision we made.”Once their choices had been narrowed down to Chromebook products, Ciaran was introduced to Paul McEvoy at Baker Security & Networks, who highlighted Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 as the most well-suited solution for school.Fiona Temple, Principal of Mulroy College said “We wanted to fully integrate IT into their curriculum, rather than just teaching IT as a subject, and we wanted to explore the possibility of teaching and learning through Chromebooks as we felt they were more adaptable to the needs of both teachers and learners.” Damien Farrell, Toshiba Reseller Channel Manger for Ireland said “Through Toshiba’s Partner Programme, Baker Networks were able to involve the manufacturer at a very early stage. Throughout the process, our aim was to demonstrate a high level of service, product quality and flexibility in approaching this project and we strived to provide peace of mind for both Mulroy College and Donegal E.T.B. It is our hope that this is the first of many projects where Toshiba can provide its expertise as a trusted advisor to both partner and end user.”Principal Ms Temple added “The incoming Transition Year students are extremely excited to start the new academic year with their new Chromebooks, and we can’t wait to see how it will help in delivering the curriculum to our students in the years to come.“We really appreciated all the work Ciaran in the E.T.B. and Paul McEvoy in B.S.N. have done for us.”Mulroy College had put together a small team of teachers to oversee the project and proposed to introduce the new Chromebooks to their Transition Year students commencing in September 2015.DONEGAL SCHOOL BOOKS IN FOR THE ‘CHROME’ TREATMENT! was last modified: August 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rare Moments of Glory: Planetary Scientists Admit Seeing “Lucky” Circumstances

first_img(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Why are we seeing young phenomena in the planets if they are billions of years old?  Some scientists are abandoning uniformitarian assumptions and admitting we are lucky to be witnessing them in “rare moments of glory.”In Nature this week, Maggie McKee interviewed scientists who are struggling with short-lived phenomena in the solar system.  The subtitle of her article, “Caught in the Act,” states, “We may be seeing some of the Solar System’s most striking objects during rare moments of glory.”  Her first two paragraphs elaborate why this is unsettling for some:Ever since Copernicus evicted Earth from its privileged spot at the centre of the Solar System, researchers have embraced the idea that there is nothing special about our time and place in the Universe. What observers see now, they presume, has been going on for billions of years — and will continue for eons to come.But observations of the distant reaches of the Solar System made in the past few years are challenging that concept. The most active bodies out there — Jupiter’s moon Io and Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Titan — may be putting on limited-run shows that humans are lucky to witness. Saturn’s brilliant rings, too, might have appeared relatively recently, and could grow dingy over time. Some such proposals make planetary researchers uncomfortable, because it is statistically unlikely that humans would catch any one object engaged in unusual activity — let alone several.It seems a bitter pill for some planetary scientists to “go against the grain of one of geology’s founding principles: uniformitarianism, which states that planets are shaped by gradual, ongoing processes,” she wrote.  Then she quoted Jeff More (NASA-Ames) who explained that “Geologists like things to be the same as they ever were” because it’s “philosophically comforting because you don’t have to assume you’re living in special times.”  Why that should be “comforting” was not explained.McKee zoomed into each of these phenomena for more detail about what makes them look young:Saturn’s rings:  The rings are 90% water ice but should be dirtier if they were old; “some planetary scientists say that the rings’ resplendence is hard to reconcile with a lifetime lasting billions of years.”  That’s why hypotheses of a recent encounter with an icy interloper that broke apart and became the rings within the last few million years (just 10% of Saturn’s assumed age) have been put forth.  An ad hoc solution like that, though raises other problems: all such candidate objects should have vanished 700 million years after the birth of the solar system, according to current theory.  Close flybys by Cassini in years to come may confirm whether billions of years of dirt is hiding in the B ring, McKee said, but one responded, “if the Cassini results point to a low mass for the rings, it will be a real mystery.”  This explanation, however, fails to explain why the thinner D, C, A, F, G, and E rings are so bright.Enceladus:  The geysers of Enceladus are another thing that can’t be old; “researchers have struggled to explain how it can sustain such activity” on the order of 16 gigawatts – 10 times the amount they can account for by internal radioactive heating.  “Several explanations have been put forward to account for this furious release of heat, but all rely on arguments that researchers are viewing the moon at a special time,” McKee said.  It’s difficult to keep the geysers going for 10 million years (1/450th the assumed age of the moon), let alone 4.5 billion.  One researcher who proposed a recent cracking from growing stresses in the crust has apparently been getting hard questions: “‘It seems like special pleading — we just happened to catch it in the act,’ says [Craig] O’Neill [Macquarie University, Sydney], echoing criticisms that he has heard when presenting the model at conferences.”  Nearby Mimas “should be producing more heat than Enceladus and it doesn’t, and we don’t really understand why,” O’Neill said.Io:  If Enceladus is a firefly, Io is a furnace, McKee wrote.  It gives off 90,000 gigawatts through its incessant volcanoes, “several times more than would be expected from the simplest models of tidal interactions between the moon and Jupiter.”  Again, it’s not that planetary scientists are unable to imagine scenarios in which we might be seeing Io at a special time; perhaps the moon’s orbital dance with the other moons makes it undergo periodic exaggerations of its eccentricity.  Even though this “would satisfy the data,” one planetologist said, when thinking about the peculiarities of Io and Enceladus, “it’s possible we simply don’t understand them.“Titan:  The largest moon of Saturn presents problems with both its atmosphere and surface.  Atmospheric theories are up in the air, because “the atmospheric methane — and its effects on the landscape — ought to be short-lived” in the range of a few tens of millions of years.  If sources of replenishment cannot be found (there are some disputed candidates thought to be ice volcanoes), it should have been long gone.  Jeff Moore “thinks that researchers are seeing Titan at a unique and geologically fleeting time.”  The question then becomes, why now, and what happened?  In Moore’s hypothesis, the sun warmed up to a tipping point a few tens or hundreds of millions of years ago, levitating the frozen nitrogen and methane into an atmosphere that “rained like hell” onto the surface, creating the erosional features seen today.  Ralph Lorenz [Johns Hopkins U] criticizes Moore’s view as “too simplistic” and pointed to “some evidence” (not mentioned in the article) that it would have taken billions of years to form Titan’s hydrocarbon-rich sand dunes.McKee ended with a quote from Lorenz: “I think we have to have a much more nuanced view of Titan through time.  Titan is bloody complicated.”It’s not complicated at all, if you subtract out the needless billions of years.  This article is important, in that in the 8 years of the ongoing Cassini mission to Cassini, and the 9 years since the end of the Galileo mission to Jupiter, scientists still have no answers to these age conundrums.  Their uniformitarian philosophy makes them uncomfortable with the facts their own eyes are beholding.  We should not be living in special times, but we appear to. (Understand that the Copernican principle does not mean that we are not special; see The Privileged Planet for corrective information.)Here’s a classic case of ad hoc explanation to force observations into a web of belief.  (This is called ‘special pleading’ in logic.)  If science were about honestly following the evidence where it leads, these scientists would have to conclude that the solar system is much younger than thought.  But they won’t do it, because they know Charlie D. (their idol) needs billions of years for life to evolve on Earth.  Failing to provide those annual sacrifices to the idol would get them excommunicated from the Church of Darwin.If Saturn’s rings, Enceladus, Io and Titan were the only problem worlds, they might have hope to rescue their beliefs someday.  Unfortunately, the problems mount for uniformitarianism when one considers Mercury, Venus, Earth, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and its moons, Uranus and its moons and rings, Neptune and its moons and rings, Pluto and the trans-Neptunian objects, comets, asteroids, dust – the whole system.  There is hardly any planet or moon that met their uniformitarian expectations.  We call on them: please, dump the assumption of billions of years, and all these things will start making sense.  We do this out of sympathy for their discomfort, wishing them to sleep well for once.last_img read more

Timbuktu library a source of SA pride

first_img5 November 2012The Timbuktu manuscripts must be preserved because they reflect the contribution of the African mind to the human story.This is according to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who was speaking in Johannesburg on Friday at the launch of a book about the construction of the Ahmed Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research in Mali.The building was constructed to house the historic manuscripts of African scholars dating back some 800 years. The largest collection of manuscripts, numbering about 30 000, is housed in the institute, named after the famous scholar Ahmed Baba, who lived from 1556 to 1627. The rest of the texts are housed in the private libraries of families in and around the city.Entitled “Building an African Partnership”, the book tells the story of the cooperation of South Africa and Mali in constructing the building, dating from 2001, when then President Thabo Mbeki first mooted the idea, to 2009, when the new impressive structure was officially opened.Motlanthe paid tribute to Mbeki for showing “remarkable foresight in understanding the intrinsic value of the manuscripts”.Motlanthe said the exceptional cooperation between South Africa and Mali reflected close ties forged over the years.However, he expressed concern over the threats posed to the building by armed rebels. “I hope that no human will be so base as to threaten these treasures.”Essop Pahad, chairperson of the Timbuktu Trust, said now that the book had been published, the trust would fold and the project would be handed over to the Department of Arts and Culture.Deputy Arts and Culture Minister Joe Phaahla pledged South Africa’s continued support in preserving the manuscripts. He expressed hope that the conflict in Mali would be resolved and the manuscripts saved.“One can only hope that through the intervention of the African Union, the political situation in Mali will be normalised as soon as possible, and work that is still pending regarding this project will be resumed without any further hurdles,” Phaahla said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

It can’t get bigger than this: Dhoni

first_imgAn emotional Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said it could not get bigger for his side to bag their second title of the year by winning the Champions League Twenty20 title.Dhoni heaped praised on his team-mates for playing as a cohesive unit to bag their second title in five months after winning the Indian Premier League in April.”It is a big moment. We are playing for the last time as a unit. We know some players will no longer be with us after the IPL auction. It is an emotional moment,” he said after his side scored an easy eight-wicket win over Warriors in the lopsided grand finale at the New Wanderers Stadium.”It can’t get better, winning the IPL and now the Champions League Twenty20,” he said.He also gave credit to the team’s success this season to coach Stephen Fleming and the “fantastic” foreigners.”Fleming took over as coach and we wanted to create an atmosphere that was good for the younger players. The senior players have really done a good job. We had some fantastic foreign players like Mike Hussey and Matthew Hayden who had really helped out the youngsters,” Dhoni said.”I am really happy with the performance in the knockout stages. The bowlers had done really well. The pacers have done well but we had banked more on the spinners throughout the tournament. The line that Ravichandran Ashwin bowled with Muttiah Muralitharan was crucial. Laxmipathy Balaji was also very good,” he added.advertisementHe said his side had faced some fitness issues initially but overcame them to win the tournament.The start of the tournament, a few of the players were infected with flu. But we overcame that and lifted the trophy.It was really satisfying,” said Dhoni.”The environment has been superb. We got a lot of support in Durban. It was 50-50 support for both sides here,” he said.Warriors captain Davy Jacobs said his side was disappointed to have lost in the final but admitted that Chennai deserved to win.”We are disappointed but Chennai deserved to win. They beat us twice in the competition and they deserve to win it,” he said.”We got off to a good start but their spinners tied us down. We lost wickets and some momentum and never recovered from there. We couldn’t get over the line but we’re happy to have been in the final,” he added. .Man of the Series, Ravichandran Ashwin, who took 13 wickets from six matches, said CSK’s loss to Victoria in the Super Over he bowled spurred him to play better instead of getting bogged down.”Nothing more special than finishing the tournament with a victory. The match I played (against Warriors in last group match) after that Super Over defeat (against Victoria) was the best of my life this far. I had three days after the Super Over loss and I bounced back,” he said.”Always bowling with Muttiah Muralitharan gives you an edge because the batsmen go after you and that gives you a chance to pick wickets.”Man of the Match, Vijay said he was satisfied with his batting in the tournament as he became the tournament highest run getter with 294 from six matches.”I’ve been working hard, and it’s a great tournament to be part of. It’s an amazing crowd here today and I’d like to thank them for their support,” he said.”After we limited them (Warriors) to 120-odd, we just wanted to go out there and play our natural game. The pitch was a bit on the slower side. Hussey and I just tried to play naturally and did it.”last_img read more

Perform or get a pay cut: NZCPA boss to players

first_imgNew Zealand cricketers are bearing the burnt of their disastrous tour of India as they have been issued a warning by their Players’ Association to either perform or get ready for a less pay package.Heath Mills, general manager of the New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association (NZCPA), said the leading players are all on annual contracts and if they play well they will be rewarded or else they must be ready to drop down the pecking order with an associated cut in salary.”If they don’t perform during the year they will slide down the rankings and get paid less money. It’s as simple as that and it’s happened over the last few years under our system,” Mills was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Herald on Tuesday.The top 20 players receive a basic salary before match payments. It ranges from the No 1 ranked player getting USD 177,000 down to the bottom three players who receive USD 72,000. The numbers drop USD 6000 with each ranking spot.”To suggest they don’t get a pay cut shows a fundamental lack of understanding of the professional-sport contracting environment. It’s a volatile environment and these guys will be feeling it on a whole host of fronts,” added Mills.Mills also said that poor performance may just limit their other playing opportunities like the T20 tournaments around the world, and even the sponsors could take a dimmer view of backing an under-achieving player.However, he admitted that the players do not need to be reminded that they significantly require to raise their game that was expected of them by the nation’s cricket loving public and stakeholders.advertisement”What they all say to me is ‘we’ve let the country down.That’s what they carry every day and they need to be accountable for that and need to rectify it,” said the boss of the players’ association.”Rest assured, however badly I or other stakeholders may be feeling, for the players it’s 20 times worse. There’s no need to remind them; they know they’ve got a lot of work to do.”During their tour of India, New Zealand lost the Test series 0-1 and the five-match ODI series 0-5. Earlier, they suffered a 0-4 whitewash in the ODI series against Bangladesh as well.Mills also said it was time to find ways to help the players get back to the level “we know they can perform at”.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Adarsh scam probe: CBI submits progress report to HC

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday submitted progress report to the Bombay High Court on the probe of Adarsh Housing Society case, involving 14 accused, including former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambata handed the report, in a sealed cover, to the division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More. The bench asked CBI to file a further report after four weeks.The matter has now been posted for hearing on July 20. CBI had earlier informed the Court that it had registered case against 14 persons, following which the court had asked the petitioner, Simpreet Singh, to forward his complaint and whatever documents he had, to the agency.Singh, a social activist, had originally sought transfer of case from state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to the CBI.Later, on its own, the state government decided to hand the case over the central agency.On the last occasion, Singh’s lawyer had said that High Court must supervise the probe, alleging that even Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was involved in the scam, but his name does not figure in CBI’s FIR.However, the court felt it was investigating agency’s prerogative as to whom to name in the FIR.CBI filed the FIR on January 29 under various sections of IPC, including criminal conspiracy, cheating, and forgery, besides sections under Prevention of Corruption Act.- With PTI inputsFor more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Ek Tha Tiger: A phenomenon called Salman Khan

first_imgEk Tha Tiger, which released on August 15, has crossed another milestone. After making the fastest Rs 100 crore at the box office in just 5 days, the movie has now crossed Rs 200 crore mark at the box office in just 12 days.Bollywood superstar Salman Khan continues to rule the cash counters with his spy film. With his recent record at the box office, looks like Salman Khans career is on an all-time high. With this Salman Khan has his hold firmly on the number one position in the industry now. There is a lot of hype around this Khan who has being also called Tiger Khan. Fans are going crazy over him. He has sparked off a major trend of the houndstooth patterned gamcha that he sports in Ek Tha Tiger.PlotIn the dark world of intelligence and espionage… all information is guarded in the name of national security… But some stories escape the fiercely guarded classified files… stories that become legends.This is one such story… a story that shook the very foundation of this dark world.In a government employees’ neighbourhood in New Delhi, there lived a rugged, handsome and mysterious bachelor about whom his neighbours knew nothing. That was because he was India’s top spy, an officer with the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency. This man was known even in official corridors as TIGER (Salman Khan).Tiger is sent on a relatively easy and safe mission to Dublin, Ireland to observe a scientist of Indian origin who is suspected of sharing his research findings with the Pakistan defence establishment. Tiger attempts to meet the scientist but is not successful. He tries to befriend the scientist’s part time home caretaker, Zoya (Katrina Kaif). As Tiger begins to get closer to Zoya… he begins to discover his human side.advertisementFor the first time in his life Tiger falls in love…What follows is a tumultuous journey that Tiger and Zoya embark upon, battling the dark world of intelligence and espionage that forbids its soldiers from falling in love…The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth and  Ranveer Shorey and is directed by Kabir Khan. The story is written by Aditya Chopra.Drool! Ek Tha Tiger stillsWatch your favourite songs from Ek Tha Tiger:SaiyyaraLaapataMaashallah BanjaaraLet’s look at the buzz around Ek Tha TigerMovie review: Ek Tha TigerGloss over the ‘Hollywood style-ishness’ and you realise the film is basically all about creating enough excuses to let machoman Salman bash up the baddies and romance the pretty girl.Now, Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger being remade in Tamil?The roaring Tiger is breaking records with every passing day. From fastest Rs.100 crore to crossing Rs.200 crore, the producers of the film are laughing all the way to the bank.There are reports in the media that Ilayathalapathy Vijay will remake this commercial entertainer in Tamil. Rumors of a remake of the film in Telugu are being suggested as well but no names have been suggested so far for Telugu.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Bollywood’s golden girl Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines, not for her performance in Salman Khan starrer Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of her film Ek Tha Tiger. According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.No sequel to Salman Khan’s Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film Ek Tha Tiger leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.Salman’s previous few films like No Entry, Wanted, Dabangg will have sequels and there were chances of a second instalment for his latest offering Ek Tha Tiger as well.”We have not thought of a sequel for Ek Tha Tiger. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir told PTI. Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel.last_img read more