first_imgThe interim emergency department at Letterkenny General Hospital may open today for general admissions after a successful weekend testing its CopyrightGeneral Manager, Sean Murphy, has indicated that ambulance admissions ran smoothly over the weekend.It is now likely the unit will begin accepting walk-in patients from north Donegal as early as this morning. The emergency unit, which contains prefabricated and existing buildings at the old wing of the hospital, opened on Saturday.However, only a small number of ambulance only admissions arrived at the hospital which was hit by devastating floods three weeks ago.Up to 70% of the footprint of the hospital was covered in water following a spell of torrential rain.Patients will continue to be taken to Sligo General Hospital from south Donegal until at least mid-week. Diversions to Letterkenny will be increased throughout next week and the following week until all Donegal patients are cared for in Letterkenny.A spokesman for HSE West told Donegal Daily they are hoping to increase general admissions by as early as today.“The system has been tested over the weekend with a limited number of ambulance admissions.“It is possible that the emergency department will be opened to general admissions as early as Monday but a decision has yet to be made on that.“The fact that we are even talking about having such a unit open just three weeks after the flood is a testament to the staff and their hard work,” said the spokesman. HOSPITAL HOPING TO ACCEPT GENERAL ADMISSIONS TODAY AFTER TEST WEEKEND was last modified: August 19th, 2013 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:admissionsLetterkenny General HospitalSean Murphylast_img read more

Liverpool agree £10m Dempsey deal – report

first_imgFulham star Clint Dempsey is on the verge of completing a move to Liverpool after a £10m fee was agreed, according to the Daily Mail.It is claimed that Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers expects the deal to be completed within the next few days.Meanwhile, The Sun say Chelsea have had another bid for Victor Moses rejected by Wigan.Latics chairman Dave Whelan is said to have turned down a third offer from the Blues – believed to be £5m – for the former Crystal Palace forward.Whelan is quoted as saying: “They’ve made three bids and we’ve not accepted any. I don’t know if they’ll bid again but if they do we always listen.”The Guardian report that Chelsea are set to sign highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Oscar from Internacional for £25m.Related West London Sport story: Breakthrough for Chelsea in Oscar talksThe Daily Express suggest Chelsea will have further talks with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani’s agents over a £35m move, but the Uruguayan’s wage demands are apparently holding up the deal.The Mail say Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is hoping to beat his former club Chelsea to the signing of Porto striker Hulk.QPR are willing to subsidise a loan move for Joey Barton, according to the Daily Mirror.It is suggested that Blackburn want the midfielder but cannot afford his wages, so Rangers would be prepared to continue paying a large percentage of his salary.Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday have also been linked with Barton, who is suspended for the first 12 matches of the coming season.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NBA rescinds Kevin Durant’s technical in Game 3

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant will have some extra pocket money to spend in this lavish city. He also will not have to worry about as much about potentially receiving a one-game post-season suspension.The reason? The NBA rescinded tecnhnical fouls called on Durant and Clippers forward JaMychal Green in the Warriors’ Game 3 win on Thursday. That move reduces …last_img read more

Draymond Green on this Warriors roster: ‘There’s not really any idiots’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It was the last day of training camp before the preseason opener, but the first time the Warriors practiced on the new Chase Center court. It was the first time, also, that Draymond Green addressed the media since camp opened. After spending almost five days with his new teammates, Green had come to an important conclusion.“You can teach some things about basketball, but you can’t really teach IQ,” Green said. “This seems to be a pretty smart team. There’s not really any …last_img read more

Habitability Requires the Right Kind of Star

first_imgby Dr Henry RichterThis is a continuation of my discussion on the requirements to allow life to exist on a planet elsewhere in the universe. “Facing Reality about Life on Other Planets” (8/11/17) listed 20 features and characteristics, all of which would be required, for life to exist and flourish. That discussion began with the first characteristic: “a location in a ‘safe’ place in the galaxy, not close to any active regions, overactive stars, or black holes.” This chapter addresses the needed characteristics of the host star to which the planet under discussion is associated. It leads to a discussion of the planet’s orbital requirements as well.Sunrise a few hours before a total eclipse in Baja, July 11, 1991, by David Coppedge Star TypesIt’s pretty obvious that to have a planet with life, there needs to be a star. We know there are all sorts of stars in the universe. Stars are classified by their spectra – the light they give off, and the portions of light that are absorbed by the elements in the star’s atmosphere, and their temperature. The star is the source of heat for the planets in their system, and therefore for a planet to have a livable temperature, the star’s characteristics and the planet’s position with relation to the star needs to be just right. The temperature of the planet-candidate is very crucial to life. Since life as we know it is water–based, the star’s temperature affects the water greatly. The livable temperature has to be in a rather narrow range – look at all the hysteria about global warming and the effect of just a few degrees’ variation.The star needs to be within a fairly narrow range of: size, heat output, stability, and spectral composition. Stars are classified into seven main types. In order of decreasing temperature (and luminosity): O, B, A, F, G, K, and M. The temperatures are:O – over 25,000 KB – 11,000- 25,000 KA – 7,500-11,000 KF – 6,500 -7,500 KG – 5,000-6,000KK – 3,500-5000 KM – under 3,400 KSo you see there is really a wide variety of star types, most of which are unsuitable to heat a planet to a livable temperature. Habitable zones are just not possible with most. Our G2 yellow dwarf is really the only possibility. And, how many of these are there? It is estimated that in the billion galaxies with a billion stars each, that there are about 1022 stars in the known universe. That’s 1 followed by 22 zeros. That is more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on earth – deserts, shorelines, and elsewhere. Estimates are that only one in 10,000 is a G2 yellow dwarf, but that is still a lot of stars that can host planets on which life conditions are possible. Present estimates are that there are maybe 512 G2 stars within 100 light years of us, and these are the ones most easily examined for planets. But more about that in a later writing.Image credit: Illustra MediaOur sun with a surface temperature of about 5,500 degrees Celsius and the radiating size it is puts out the right amount of heat to produce a habitable zone for a reasonable orbit, which is where our earth travels. The sun emits radiation over the whole electromagnetic spectrum of gamma rays, x-rays, ultraviolet, visible, infrared, microwave, and radio waves. The shorter wavelengths (gamma, x-ray, and ultraviolet) are ionizing in nature and are destructive to chemical and life structures. As we will see later, these do not reach the earth’s surface in any quantity. Visible light is what we see with and which is used in photosynthesis. It also provides some heat, as does the non-visible infrared rays.The mass of the sun causes gravity which keeps the earth in its orbit around the sun. Let’s consider the earth’s orbit, at about 93,000,000 miles around the sun. It is at that distance that the proper heat balance is achieved giving us a livable climate. The orbit is nearly circular which is very important to maintain a uniform temperature. If the planets orbit deviated much from circular, when closer to the sun,  it would get warmer, and when further away, cooler. That would result in major climate changes each orbit which would not be good for living things. Calculations show that if the earth were 5% closer to the sun, the surface temperature would reach several hundred degrees. If it were 5% further away the earth would be perpetually frozen. So each feature of the existence of the earth as it flies through space turns out to be crucially important to the existence of life.As the earth spins on its axis, it creates a night-to-day cycle over its surface. The length of each day and night needs to be such that the cycle could be tolerated by living things. Twenty four hours seems ideal for activity and then rest. Imagine if each day and night were one hour long due to a fast spin, which would make a brutal cycle. If each day and night were even 100 hours long, that would require long integration times between activity and rest. Some planets have a rotation that is locked to the orbital period so one side always faces the sun (like one side of the moon always faces the earth). That would be an impossible situation with one side always hot, and the other at the frigid temperature of space. So, again we have the optimum situation for our planet.The axis of the earth is inclined about 23 degrees from the orbital plane. This is another important fact. As the earth moves around the sun over the course of a year, half of the time the northern region is inclined to the sun and the other half year inclined away, making seasons occur. One thing this temperature difference does is to create some circulation of the atmosphere and the oceans. I do not imagine that seasons are crucial to life, but they are sure convenient for agriculture and living an interesting life, so they seem to be for our welfare. We are fortunate that much of our environment is not just for our existence and survival, but to make our living easier.One other feature of the solar system is the existence of gas giant planets beyond our earth orbit: an unusual arrangement for the exoplanets found around other stars, many of which have gas giants closer to their stars than Mercury is to the sun. In our solar system, the outer gas giants, particularly Jupiter, serve a function of attracting and absorbing much of the debris and junk flying around which would be injurious to life if they impacted the earth. Who knows of all that goes on around us that protects us from things unknown?In the next article, we will examine other requirements for habitability.Dr Henry Richter, a contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines, was a key player at NASA/JPL in the early days of the American space program. With a PhD in Chemistry, Physics and Electrical Engineering from Caltech), Dr Richter brings a perspective about science with the wisdom of years of personal involvement. His book America’s Leap Into Space: My Time at JPL and the First Explorer Satellites (2015), chronicles the beginnings of the space program based on his own records and careful research into rare NASA documents, providing unequaled glimpses into events and personnel in the early days of rocketry that only an insider can give. His next book, Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers, is due out later in 2017. 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Acer Launching App Store for Windows, Android, Windows Mobile and Chrome

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web#Web Development Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Have we reached app store saturation yet? Apparently not. PC manufacturer Acer has just announced plans to launch its own application store designed for all the operating systems is supports, including Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Google’s Android platform and Google Chrome. The new store will launch mid-year for the first three platforms listed, with apps for Chrome set to launch later on. Although no exact time frame was given, the Chrome apps are likely to appear by the third or fourth quarter of 2010 to coincide with the debut of Acer’s line of Chrome OS netbooks, a group that will account for 10% of Acer’s ultra-portable PCs. The Acer App StoreAcer, currently the world’s second-largest computer vendor, mentioned the application store among a series of initiatives designed to boost the company’s profitability, according to a report on From what it sounds like, Acer is glomming onto every major tech trend with plans that include everything from an e-reader to a Tablet PC. In fact, Acer chairman J.T. Want even admits this is the case: “We’d like to proactively purse any opportunity,” he said. One of those opportunities is the new Acer application store, an online venture that will offer hundreds of different applications, both free and paid. However, the company wouldn’t share pricing details or name developers, noted the Bloomberg story. Although application stores are typically associated with mobile phones, Acer wouldn’t be the first vendor to launch an applications store designed for use on PCs. Earlier this month, chip maker Intel launched the AppUp site, an application store designed specifically for netbook computers. Interestingly enough, AppUp is meant to be a white-label offering that PC manufacturers can customize to their own needs. At the time of its launch at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel announced several partnerships with other PC makers to bring the AppUp store to consumers. Included among those launch partners was Acer. Gianpiero Morbello, Acer’s worldwide marketing VP said that by accessing the AppUp catalog, their company would be able to distribute “innovative software downloads to Acer Atom processor-based netbook customers and move to easily support additional Acer customers on any device powered by an Intel processor.” So Is This Yet Another App Store?However, despite the sparse details surrounding the upcoming Acer app store, it does sound like the manufacturer is planning their own venture of sorts. Intel’s store only supports Windows netbooks and the Moblin Linux operating system – not mobile devices like Windows Mobile or Google Android and definitely not Google’s new netbook OS, Google Chrome.Intel confirms that the previously announced joint venture is still on, with their company providing behind-the-scenes support for infrastructure, testing, and validation of apps. And while Intel isn’t privy to Acer’s other plans, it does appear that this would be a separate store from whatever Acer is envisioning for the other platforms outside of Atom-based netbooks. It’s understandable that Acer wants to generate some hype surrounding their products by offering an app store to their customers, but at this point they may be simply confusing the issue. Many of the platforms Acer plans to support already offer their own application stores – even Google’s Chrome OS, the Web-based operating system set to launch by year-end. And, of course, one could argue that the Internet itself has been the app store for Windows computers for many years now. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

How Journalists Are Using Pinterest

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Pinterest has been flooded with recipes and other food-related images. Any publication that has covers food would be right at home there. Pennsylvania-based Smart Magazine has seized the opportunity, using Pinterest to promote their recipes and restaurant reviews. Contrary to its early reputation, Pinterest is about much more than dessert porn and wedding plans. It can be used to curate content about a wide range of subjects, as evidenced by NPR’s account. The public radio network pins plenty of its food coverage, but also delves into music, books, technology and health. Branching off the from main NPR account, NPRMusic has its own presence on Pinterest, where music reviews, in-studio performances and artist interviews are presented in an eye-catching array of pinboards. The Guardian’s Pinterest profile is similarly broad, spanning multiple categories and coverage areas. Some boards are inexplicably sparse (only three pins on the Olympics board?), while others are richly populated (97 July 4th pies!). Al Jazeera eschews such broad strokes in favor of granular, topic-specific boards. Sure, they link to their own coverage of stories like the Joseph Kony controversy and Egypt’s democratic transition,  but they also solicit audience feedback via their Crowdsourced News pinboard, which is open to submissions from viewers and readers. Al Jazeera’s social prowess is on display in The Stream, a deeply interactive, Web-fueled show that maintains its own separate Pinterest account. In addition to promoting and crowdsourcing stories, newsroom use Pinterest to hold contests. These promotions let publications resurface content from their archives or enhance coverage of local or topical niches.  Part 1: How Journaists Are Using InstagramPart 2: How Journalists Are Using PinterestPart 3: How Journalists Are Using Google+Part 4: How Journalists Are Using SoundCloud The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Pinterest is quickly finding its way into the social strategies of media organizations large and small, even as the company itself is still figuring out its business model. Here’s how they’re using the virtual scrapbooking service. (Part 2 of a 4-part series on how journalists are using social networks beyond Facebook and Twitter.)For a publisher, Pinterest’s chief advantages are twofold. First, it engages readers in a new context, one that is uniquely visual. It also turns out to have big potential in the traffic-driving department. See also: How Journalists Are Using InstagramLike more established social networks, Pinterest is used to share links to articles, photos, and other content. It’s somewhat like Twitter or Facebook in this respect, but laid out and categorized differently. Since it’s heavily visual, Pinterest works best for content that has compelling imagery, be it photography, illustrations or the occasional infographic. Integration with services like SoundCloud and Vimeo make Pinterest a good fit for sharing audio and video as well.  Related Posts Tags:#Pinterest#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… john paul titlowlast_img read more

ONE: Suzuki makes quick work of PH’s Pacio

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Suzuki had early control of the match and eventually slapped a rear-naked choke on Pacio as the Filipino tapped out 3:17 into the first round.Pacio was supposed to vie for the title once more, after losing his first championship match against Yoshitaka Naito, in the event of a win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hayato Suzuki vs Joshua Pacio. in their ONE Championship bout in Macau. PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPMACAU—Hayato Suzuki derailed Joshua Pacio’s title aspirations after scoring a quick victory in their strawweight clash in ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors Saturday at Cotai Arena here.The Japanese is still undefeated and improved to 17-0-2 while Pacio slipped to 9-2 and his second loss in three fights.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Boku spoils Kelly’s ONE Championship return DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more