Lack of Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant is a ‘disgrace’ – TD

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has labelled the government a disgrace for not introducing a replacement for the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant. It has been six years since the grant was removed by the then Fine Gael/Labour government. Donegal McConalogue said the government’s failure to reinstate the grant is a sign of abandonment of people with disabilities.Deputy McConalogue said “This situation is nothing short of a disgrace. The government were quick to close the old supports under the premise of a new scheme being introduced shortly thereafter yet here we are, 6 years later and successive Fine Gael governments have failed to address this issue. “Those with disabilities have been completely abandoned by the high handed approach to this matter by successive Ministers.“Their situation is further compounded by the fact the Minister continues to point to the Disabled Drivers & Passengers scheme as a viable alternative and workable support for those with mobility issues. The reality is starkly different, and the Minister is fully aware that the Ombudsman has raised serious concerns about the equity of the scheme.”Deputy McConalogue is calling on the government to address the issue as a matter of urgency.He said: “People with serious disabilities are being told they do not qualify for the scheme due to stricter criteria. Furthermore, the Minister for Finance has confirmed that he has no intention of changing the criteria for this scheme despite this red flag being raised with him by the Ombudsman. “The whole situation points to the reality of a government who are not willing to address this serious matter on the behalf of some of the most vulnerable in our society.“The Minister for Health and the Minister for Finance must come together and urgently address these issues and I will be continuing to pursue this matter with them,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Lack of Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant is a ‘disgrace’ – TD was last modified: February 12th, 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:deputy charlie mcconalogueMobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grantlast_img read more

How Hunch Built a Data-Crunching Monster

first_imgThey’d evaluated more conventional technologies like Hadoop, but the key requirement they couldn’t achieve in their tests was low latency. They’re running on a graph with over 30 billion edges, with multiple iterations to spread nodes’ influence to distant neighbors and achieve a steady state, a bit like PageRank. This has to be extremely responsive to new users inputting their information, so they have to re-run the calculations frequently, and none of the systems they looked at could deliver the results at a speed that was acceptable. Hunch has really interesting problems. They collect a lot of data from a lot of users, and once someone creates a profile they need to quickly deliver useful recommendations across a wide range of topics. This means running a sophisticated analysis on a massive data set, all to a strict deadline. Nobody else is doing anything this ambitious with recommendation engines, so I sat down with their co-founder and CTO Matt Gattis to find out how they pulled it off. Tags:#hack#Interviews pete warden When Matt first told me about his design decisions, I have to admit I was surprised that he was apparently swimming against the tide by working within a single uber-machine rather than using an army of dumb boxes, but as he explained their requirements it all started to make sense. With more and more companies facing similar latency issues, I wonder if the pendulum is swinging back towards parallelism across a system bus rather than a network? Even with their software and hardware architecture in place, there were still obstacles to overcome. Their monster server uses CentOS Linux, but very few people are running memory-intensive applications on machines with so much RAM, so they ran into performance problems. For example, by default the kernel will start paging out to disk once the memory is about 60% full, which left them with only about 150 GB of RAM available before swapping kicked in and performance cratered. There’s not much documentation available around these parameters, so the team ended up scouring the kernel source to understand how it worked before they could produce a set hand-tuned for TasteGraph’s needs. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… The other part of the puzzle was the software they needed to actually implement the processing. They looked at a series of open-source graph databases, but ran into problems with all of them when they tried scaling up to 30 billion edge networks. Continuing their contrarian approach, they wrote their own engine from the ground up in C, internally codenamed TasteGraph. The system caches the entire graph in memory, with rolling processes re-running the graph calculations repeatedly, and the end-results cached on multiple external machines. They have even recoded some of their inner loops in assembler, since they spend a lot of their cycles running calculations on large matrices and even the specialized linear algebra libraries they use don’t deliver the performance they need.center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid The first thing he brought up was hardware costs, casually mentioning that they’d looked into getting a server with one terabyte of RAM from Dell! That immediately piqued my interest, because the Google-popularized trend has been towards throwing an army of cheap commodity servers at big data problems, rather than scaling vertically with a single monstrously powerful machine. It turns out their whole approach is based around parallelism within a single box, and they had some interesting reasons for making that choice. They determined that the key bottleneck was network bandwidth, which led them towards housing all of their data processing within a single machine. It’s much faster to share information across an internal system bus than to send it across even a fast network, so with their need for frequent communication between the parallel tasks, a monster server made sense. As it happens they decided against the $100,000 one terabyte server, and went for one with a still-impressive 256 GB of RAM, 48 cores and SSD drives. Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts last_img read more

SRC To Showcase Opportunities In Personal Care Industry

first_img Entrepreneurs in the personal care industry and persons who want to start a business in the field, are invited to the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) annual Opportunity Quest at its Hope Gardens offices on Thursday, May 25.Acting Manager for Marketing and Corporate Communications, Carolyn Rose Miller, told JIS News that this event, to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will highlight the various business opportunities in the area of personal care.Focus will be placed on formulations from local oils and hydrosols, such as make-up, hair care products, toothpaste, and sanitisers. These items, she noted, are heavily imported into the island.Attendees will receive information on market trends, the SRC’s capabilities in the production of personal-care products as well as technical information about the industry.Mrs. Miller said that the SRC will also be sharing success stories of persons who have utilised the services of the Council to get their products into the local and international markets. These services include product testing and development.Among the speakers and presenters are Executive Director of the SRC, Dr. Cliff Riley; and Product and Research Development Manager, Dr. Charah Watson.The event will include an outside radio broadcast as well as an exhibition of products.The SRC has advised that space is limited, and so persons interested in attending must contact the entity at 927-1771-2 or 977-1771. Focus will be placed on formulations from local oils and hydrosols, such as make-up, hair care products, toothpaste, and sanitisers. These items, she noted, are heavily imported into the island. Story Highlights The SRC has advised that space is limited, and so persons interested in attending must contact the entity at 927-1771-2 or 977-1771. Entrepreneurs in the personal care industry and persons who want to start a business in the field, are invited to the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) annual Opportunity Quest at its Hope Gardens offices on Thursday, May 25.last_img read more