Fire truck pull raises over $62,000 for the United Way

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over $62,000 has been raised for the United Way in Fort St. John with this weekends Fire Truck Pull.The amount was made possible by a $50,000 donation from Progress Energy and the money raised by 10 different teams who participated in the event.  The team from Enbridge raised the most money with a team donation of $8,647.90.Last year’s Fire Truck Pull raised over $35,000.- Advertisement -Funds raised from the event will go to help boost community programs in the Fort St. John area.  The United Way in Fort St. John supports 18 different community programs that fall within United Way’s three pillars of all that kids can be, poverty to possibility, and healthy people strong communities.last_img

Gardaí launch investigation into Buncrana fire

first_imgGardaí have launched an investigation into the major fire which tore through buildings on Main Street and Ferris Lane Buncrana on Sunday night.A number of businesses and residences were destroyed in the blaze, which broke out after 9pm.John Barr’s drapery shop and the Buncrana Plaza venue were worst affected by the destructive inferno. The public is being warned to stay away due to health and safety risks. Gardaí have confirmed that they are probing the circumstances surrounding the fire. Anyone with information is asked to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074-93661555 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Gardaí are also advising members of the public to avoid the area where possible as there is currently a significant asbestos risk as a result of the fire.Fire Service personnel are currently at the scene and a portion of the Main Street/ Ferris Lane area of the town remains closed.There are diversions in place along Castle Avenue and the Cassie road. These diversions will remain in place until a full technical examination of the scene has been completed. Featured photo: Ian CallaghanCommunity devastated as iconic buildings destroyed in Buncrana blazeGardaí launch investigation into Buncrana fire was last modified: February 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:buncranafireGardailast_img read more

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day accepting early applications for vendor spaces

first_imgThe deadline for vendors to submit early applications for prime spaces at Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture, is rapidly approaching.Organizers said Monday, June 12, will close out the preferred application period for arts, crafts and food vendors to participate in the event, recently named a top 20 festival in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The family oriented daylong celebration typically attracts more than 12,000 visitors who enjoy continuous music and dance, exhibitions of shape-note singing, a midway of juried arts and crafts, and home-style food.Vendor and exhibitor information and applications are available at www.mountainheritageday.com.The 43rd annual festival will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, Sept. 30. The event is publicized by the university throughout the Southeast through print and broadcast advertising, social media and billboards. Organizers anticipate more than 120 booths of regional arts and crafts, and vendors offering ethnic, heritage and festival food, as well as an expanded lineup of music and dance performances, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs.Already booked for performances are the band Mountain Faith and Country Current, the U.S. Navy bluegrass band, and dozens of other performers. Traditional festival events include chainsaw competition, an antique car and truck show, storytelling and clogging, along with living-history demonstrations of muzzle-loading rifles, blacksmithing, corn shuck crafts, Cherokee crafts and broom-making. Children’s activities include sack races, free wagon rides and hayrides.Mountain Heritage Day is part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, with www.BlueRidgeMusicNC.com providing an easy and convenient way to find festivals, concerts, jam sessions and plenty of singing and dancing to the traditional music of Western North Carolina. To learn more about WCU’s festival, visit www.mountainheritageday.com or call 828-227-3039.last_img read more

SA gets access to UN climate fund

first_imgSeventeen metres in diameter and nine metres high, the art installation has been designed to showcase South Africa’s rich blend of natural, cultural and mineral wealth at COP 17. The Beehive’s living walls represent the importance of healthy ecosystems and are populated with indigenous grasses, forbs and bulbs. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) works closely with national climate change policymakers, and it has led the development of South Africa’s second national communication on climate change for COP 17. Manuel said the fund would finance projects that aim to improve society’s ability to cope with the risks posed by climate change. South Africa is now the fourth country that has an accredited national implementing entity, which translates into direct access to the UNFCCC adaptation fund. “As a country that is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, this appointment is significant for South Africa for securing the funds needed to plan our development trajectory in a way that is responsive to climate change.” Also launched on Wednesday was the Living Beehive, which contains architectural techniques of the original Zulu beehive hut construction, but combines modern materials such as steel frames with natural building materials, such as indigenous plants typical of the rolling hills of the grasslands in KwaZulu-Natal. “This access, combined with our rich biodiversity and extensive mineral wealth, will allow South Africa to balance investment in optimal development futures with the appropriate allocation of resources to environmental programmes,” Manuel said. The South African National Biodiversity Institute has been accredited as a national implementing entity for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Adaptation Fund. Located at Durban’s Botanic Gardens, it represents the type of innovative, out-of-the-box thinking that is needed to address the impacts of climate change and the need to find solutions to a low-carbon economy that can also create sustainable jobs. The fund, which became fully operational in January, has conferred US$50-million worth of grants this year alone. Zulu beehive hut construction Source: BuaNews National Planning Minister Trevor Manual made the announcement in Durban on Tuesday on the sidelines of the launch of Living Beehive, a legacy project of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17). The project was funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs and the UN’s Industrial Development Organisation. Deputy Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said the Living Beehive was an example of nature and people working together. “By recognising the importance of built and ecological infrastructure, and by bringing together natural and man-made design, the Living Beehive shows us the possibilities for job creation, service delivery and economic growth in a truly green economy,” Mabudafhasi said. 2 December 2011last_img read more

Web Apps Around The World

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Business 2.0‘s latest print issue has a nice feature on Web 2.0 apps around the world. From Nooked in Ireland to Zoho Writer in India to Gnoos in Australia – it’s an excellent overview of some of the web action happening outside of Silicon Valley. The Business 2.0 article isn’t online yet, but you can view itvia Olive ActiveMagazine (pg 106). Related Posts As the article notes, a lot of worldwide web 2.0 apps are copying successful Silicon Valley products (a pointI made in my recent posts on German and Dutch web apps). But also there’s a lot of innovationfrom these international startups – “taking a familiar idea to the next level”, as B20 puts it. The start pages market is a good example, as Netvibes (French) and Pageflakes (German/Aus) are leading the field in terms of innovation.Via Nooked blog 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#international#web last_img read more

Creativity as a Factor of SSD Performance

first_imgHow would you measure your comfort, user experience, smoothness, and happiness while producing music?Intel® Optane™ SSDs open a full horizon of new application usages and use cases. But how would you translate your device-level performance into an application performance improvement? And how would that be translated into the user experience improvements — the ultimate goal of any technology progress? Well, that’s a question I ask myself while evaluating new technologies. In most conditions that can be measured by benchmarks, pure comparing scores or runtime could mean an advantage of one technology over another one. In certain cases that can be just tangible, such as how would you measure the smoothness of your experience or how would you score your feelings? Well that’s more difficult, as everyone can have a different perspective. In this blog I’ll attempt to make some formal assessment of those feelings based on the recent story. If you haven’t had a chance to see Intel’s interview with top electronic music and film composer, BT, find a moment now. It’s worth it!BT is one of the most innovative musicians who utilizes newest technologies in his music production and creates his own. His work for movie scoring is impressive (The Fast and the Furious, Solace, Stealth), and uses the latest advantages of massively sampled orchestration available in real-time. While sampling has existed for years, the way he pushes it to the limits with hybrid orchestra approach and granular synthesis is quite remarkable.As a user of Intel® SSDs 750-series, he was excited by NVMe SSDs and the performance advantages PCIe interface brings into that. Combining multiple SSDs in the RAID volume allows him to improve the overall bandwidth and, of course, expand the capacity. That’s a great deal, and RAID capability is built in all operating systems today. However, RAID can’t improve the access latency. No matter how many drives you combine together, the access latency would represent the worst drive in the array. That means it’s always equal or higher than a standalone SSD latency. There is a class of applications that can’t keep up scaling the performance by only SSD bandwidth improvements and that story is a demonstration on that. Device latency is one of those requirements for the audio sample playback performance improvements.A complete orchestra is sampled into terabytes of a sample data with a playback of up to 3,000 tracks at a time. Available DRAM is only capable for the small pieces of those sounds (attacks), while the body of the sound is streamed directly from storage. For real-time playback, it is critical all data processing is completed within an audio buffer time — say 5ms, which is common latency these days. Otherwise the user will experience audio drops and other artifacts, including fatal interruptions. This is the case where scaling storage bandwidth can’t help to solve the problem.Let’s look at the facts. A single sample is a contiguous piece of a data. Let’s assume each sample is running at 48kHz * 32bits Stereo, which is translated into 0.37 MB/s bandwidth. You would expect that with PCIe SSD, which as an example can read data sequentially at 2.5GB/s, you can play ~7M samples at a time (2.5*1024*1024/0.37). Why would I ever need faster storage if this number far exceeds any real use case? Well, the conclusion is wrong. Sample libraries are based on the thousands of samples played at a time. Different layering, microphone position, and round robin sample rotation are multiplying that by the order of magnitude. Also, streaming of many sequential fragments at a time causes I/O randomization naturally. Now, a workload is randomized with a lowest denominator, which is an application request size or even file system sector size in a common case. With that the storage workload is no longer sequential and must be measured in the IOPS form on a small block size. This is fully random I/O condition for the device-level perspective and it’s distributed across full span of sample library with no hot area.Here we came to the point where NAND-based SSD performance has significant variation based on workload parameters. That’s easier for a drive to run a single threaded sequential workload than a random one or even than many parallel sequential. Of course, the difference is not as noticeable as with hard drives, where you must physically move a head, which has significant latency impact on results and unbelievable performance degradation. But the performance impact is meaningful, too. The root cause is in the NAND architecture, which consists of sectors (minimal read size), pages (# of sectors, determines minimal write size) and erase block size (# of pages, minimal erase size). Combined with a specific NAND-based SSD acceleration on aggregating sequential I/O into a bigger transfer size, we see performance improvements in sequential I/O, which are not available for Random small block I/O.A 3D XPoint™ memory cell solves that problem. It’s cache line addressable by the architecture, requires no erase cycle before write, and significantly lowers access time compared to NAND. Implemented on a block device, Intel Optane™ SSDs are optimized for a low latency and high IOPS performance, especially on low queue depth. This directly correlates with an exceptional quality of service, which represents max latency and latency distribution. As a consequence of that, Optane SSD is capable of delivering similar performance no matter the workload — random vs. sequential or read vs. write.Let’s run some tests to visualize that. I’ll be running this experiment on Microsoft Windows 10. You may expect Linux or OS X charts similar or better, but as we’re evaluating an environment similar to the one installed in BT’s studio, I’ll try to match it here.Configuration: Asus X299-Deluxe, Core i7-7820X, 32GB DRAM, Intel SSD 750 Series 1.2TB, Intel Optane 900p. You may download all FIO configuration scripts from my repository: www.github.com/intel/fiovisualizerNAND-based SSD is in the sustained performance state before every run. Optane SSD doesn’t have this side effect and delivers performance right away. As you see on charts, I’m only considering a scenario of the I/O randomization, and the overall delta in absolute SSD performance under different conditions. I’m leaving other workloads to the side, which are evaluated thoroughly by a third party such as Storage Review, Anandtech, PC Perspective, and others. All of the simulated workloads are stressful for a SSD, in regards of getting to the maximum performance of the device by pushing many I/Os. Intel Optane SSD leads not only on the absolute numbers, but also on the performance variability between workloads. In a real application scenario, such as in the story above, that means stable and predictable performance for a sample playback that doesn’t change its characteristics based on the number of samples, their sizes, the way they are played or any other activities while doing that, such as multitrack record. You may call it “a performance budget” you can split between workloads without sacrificing overall performance.For a musician that means Optane delivers a smooth experience without audio drops, even at peak demands. That also means no need for the offline rendering, channel freezing and sub mixdowns, which equals more time for being creative and unique.last_img read more

Azzurri: Verratti out, Tonali in

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Italy have called up Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali to the senior squad after Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti pulled out through injury, reports ANSA. Tonali had been called up to the Italy U-21 squad to face Iceland and Armenia next week, but has now been pushed to the first team for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia instead. PSG star Verratti picked up a knock to his calf yesterday in the 2-1 win over Brest in Ligue 1 and has had to pull out of the squad. This follows Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi also withdrawing after his injury during Friday’s win over Bologna. Tonali, who made his debut for the Azzurri last month, has only played for the U-21s five times, and had been expected to start for Paolo Nicolato’s team. The Brescia man will now be replaced by Chievo’s Salvatore Esposito in the Azzurrini squad.last_img read more

9 months agoLingard implores Man Utd to retain De Gea

first_imgLingard implores Man Utd to retain De Geaby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United must keep ahold of David De Gea to achieve success, winger Jesse Lingard has claimed.De Gea made 11 saves in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.United have triggered a clause that will keep De Gea for another season, but Lingard thinks he deserves a long-term deal.”He’s one of the best keepers in the world, if not the best,” Lingard said.”We want him to stay. Having a keeper like that gives you extra confidence. He’s a great goalkeeper.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Plaxico Burress Is Tweetstorming After Michigan State’s Win Over Ohio State

first_imgPlaxico Burress close up picture.plaxico burress tweets after michigan state winMichigan State alum Plaxico Burress is tweetstorming again, but this time around, he’s singing a much different tune. Burress, who infamously went on a ridiculous rant after the Spartans’ loss to Nebraska earlier this year, is currently taking on all comers on Twitter. He’s very excited that Michigan State beat Ohio State.YEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 21, 2015I TOLD YALL! #gostate— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 21, 2015ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE A SPARTAN!— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 21, 2015Ohio St fans, THANK YALL FOR COMING OUT. GOODNIGHT!— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 21, 2015By the way, We should be #1 in the country, but unfortunately we were cheated a few weeks ago in Lincoln. But, we will take it.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Michigan State basketball should also be on their way to the top 4. We beat Kansas, North Carolina lost today, and Duke lost last week. Hmm— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015I wish y’all could see me doing the George Jefferson. Hahahhahaha #movingonup— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Go State! Hahhahaha. He mad RT @cam2cocky: @TevonD @plaxicoburress ceo of a self inflicted gun shot wounds attorneys office— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015It’s a reason why Notre Dame took us off the schedule. Haha.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015We’d love to play those guys! Haha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015I guess Oregon and Ohio St aren’t quality. RT @croner2110: @plaxicoburress @PeteSampson_ MSU has yet to beat a proven quality— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015I love when I get Notre Dame fans attention! Haha Didn’t know you guys were following me so close. And ladies. Haha #gostate— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Hahahha RT @rawdog_rANDYs: @plaxicoburress you’re trash. Shut up— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Everybody mad because we beat the defending Nat’l Champions. Haha #gostate hahaha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Haha. Everybody so serious and just laughing. Haha. Something tells me some of you never played football before.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Where I come from a win is a win! RT @Mrcoffey33: @plaxicoburress dude that was the ugliest game ever— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015This is so much fun! Hahaha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Then why are you following me? Haha RT @21cavsallday: @plaxicoburress nobody loves you.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Plaxico’s alma mater is in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East. He appears to like that.last_img read more

Attack ads on simmer Manitoba election campaign more about issues than scandal

first_imgWINNIPEG — With one party leader getting into trouble over his tropical vacation home and another with past criminal convictions and misogynistic writings, there’s a lot of material for a negative Manitoba election campaign.But halfway through the four-week campaign, party advertising has not been overly negative.“They might be saving it,” says Royce Koop, head of political studies at the University of Manitoba.Long before Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister called the election for Sept. 10, the Opposition New Democrats consistently attacked Pallister over his vacation villa in Costa Rica, where he at one point planned to spend up to two months a year. Pallister also failed to pay a Costa Rica tax on luxury properties until recently because he had not kept his property assessment up to date.Following regular attacks in the legislature, the New Democrats held a fundraising raffle. The winner got a Costa Rica vacation.On the campaign trail, however, the New Democrats have been tightly focused on public services, especially Pallister’s ongoing reforms to health care that have seen some hospital emergency departments downgraded.Their one, very marked exception is two recent ads in which actors appear to call Pallister an “ass,” although the last two letters are drowned out by traffic noise.“We don’t want to make it personal about Brian Pallister. We want to make it about what he’s done,” says Bob Dewar, the NDP’s campaign director who also ran the party’s efforts in 1999 and 2003 under Gary Doer. Most recently, he directed John Horgan’s win in British Columbia.People on doorsteps already know about Pallister’s Costa Rica issues, Dewar said. The messaging now is about front-line programs.“When (people) sit around their kitchen tables and their living rooms and talk to each other, they’re talking about things that matter in their lives. And health care is one of them and we want to make sure we’re talking about that.”Pallister’s Tories have been running some negative ads on Kinew, mainly about a domestic assault charge against him that was stayed by the Crown and an assault conviction for which he has received a record suspension.But the advertising has been small-scale for a party with over $1 million in the bank — five times what the New Democrats have, according to the latest financial filings with Elections Manitoba.The Tories have run professionally produced, positive ads focusing on Pallister’s personal history — his rise from poverty and entry into politics. Most of the attacks on Kinew have been low-budget web videos or graphics on a website.The Tories’ campaign director, David McLaughlin, hinted that advertising efforts from all parties may be on simmer until later in the campaign, especially with people on summer holidays.“In terms of advertising resources and campaign marketing resources, there’s clearly, in election campaigns, more propensity to decide in the latter half of the campaign,” McLaughlin said.“In the context of Mr. Kinew, we haven’t been silent on it. It’s been out there, but we’ll see what’s required, as people pay attention and start to ask some questions.”Kinew has a lot of potential target material, some of which he was up front about in his 2015 memoir. He was convicted of impaired driving and assaulting a taxi driver — matters for which he has since received record suspensions.But Kinew’s book did not include some disturbing facts contained in the court record about the latter conviction — the incident started with Kinew uttering racial epithets at the driver. The book also did not reveal an accusation from a former girlfriend of domestic assault, which was stayed by the Crown several months after she went to police and the charge was laid.There were also misogynistic and homophobic rap lyrics and social media posts Kinew made, including a lyric in which he bragged about slapping women’s genitalia and a Twitter post in which he asked if he could catch avian flu from “kissing fat chicks.”There can be a risk for the Tories in going too negative and facing a potential backlash from voters, Koop said.But the party may be also be feeling comfortable with their current public support. Polls this year have consistently suggested the Progressive Conservatives have a substantial lead on the NDP, although the race is tight in vote-rich Winnipeg.“It might be that the Tories feel from their polling that they don’t really need to use (negative advertising) as intensely as they thought they did,” Koop said.“And the NDP might be finding that it doesn’t really help them that much to go after Pallister.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more