The pupils of Scoil Naomh Fiachra Illistrin in Letterkenny have raised a fantastic €1,070 following the retirement of popular Principal Doreen Kennedy.Mrs Kennedy retired at the end of September after nearly 40 years of service. To mark the occasion, the pupils held a No Uniform Day on Mrs Kennedy’s last day. Each pupil was asked to bring €1 or €2 to support two worthwhile Christian charities.The school Parents’ Association and Board of Management also held a raffle at the function to mark Mrs Kennedy’s retirement. In total the whole school community raised €1070. €535 was presented to Mary’s Meals. You can check their great work here. €535 was also presented to NET Ministries. You can read about this charity here.Mrs Kennedy presented the cheques to the two charities on the 20th of November. Mrs Doreen Kennedy presents a donation to NET Ministries following her retirement.Mrs Doreen Kennedy presents a donation to Mary’s Meals following her retirement.Representatives from Mary’s Meals spoke to 6th class pupils about the great work being done by the charity to help children in the third world. Father Kenny and members of the NET team spoke about their work sharing Jesus’ gospel message with young people. Pupils listened attentively and were made aware of the struggles facing less fortunate children in different parts of the world. NET Ministries team with Father Kenny and Mrs Doreen Kennedy at the cheque presentation in Illistrin NSA team of NET volunteers are working on an ongoing basis with the 6th classes at Illistrin NS.A big thank you to the parents, pupils and staff for supporting Mrs Kennedy’s favourite charities.Principal’s retirement inspires school to raise over €1,000 for charity was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
If you’ve ever used the Internet — and you know who you are — you’ve undoubtedly had apps or various services stop working unexpectedly. For ordinary users, this usually just means no access to Twitter or Gmail for a while. But for developers, whose apps and services rely increasingly heavily on hooks into popular Web services, the problem can be far more complicated.That’s because modern Web services (and the apps that facilitate them) can fail for a variety of reasons. One of the most common problems arises when some other service has gone down — more specifically, when the application programming interface (API) that lets your app tap into that other service stops working. Trouble is, until recently there hasn’t been an easy way to confirm or rule out API failures.You Don’t Need A Weatherman…And that’s where API status dashboards, the weather reports of the Web-service world, come in. Dashboards enable developers and administrators to quickly check to see what’s going on with the API itself. If the API is slowed or offline, then at least you, the developer, know the problem isn’t in your own code. So you can start working with (translate: yelling at) the API vendor to fix the situation.Zapier, a startup that helps developers integrate APIs into applications, was already using just such a dashboard for its internal purposes. It’s now opened up that API weather report for the world at large. Zapier’s tool is unique in that it covers a lot of APIs for smaller but still useful services out there, not just their mega-service cousins. It should be a stopping point for anyone who is using one of these smaller APIs. …To Tell You Whether APIs Are Up Or DownIt might seem a little obsessive to be so concerned about an API’s status that we build “weather reports,” but it makes good business sense. Like the air around us, APIs are a type of environment, too. They have to work and be available at any given moment in order to enable connectivity to a given web application and service. When they fail, data exchange can slow down or completely halt.Of course, API failures aren’t the only things that can bring down a Web service. The service itself could have bad code, or one of the servers might be on the way to failure. Tracking down the exact failure, though, can take a lot of time, especially if hardware failure is ruled out. That leaves the code itself, precipitating a search that could take hours.So it’s definitely helpful to know right away whether you’ve got an API problem… or something else. “When a call to an API breaks,” says Zapier CEO and co-founder Wade Foster, “you don’t always know where the problem is.”But Weather Reports HelpZapier isn’t the only status board around. Watchmouse has an API Status board that monitors the larger API services, such as Google, Twitter, Dropbox and the like. Its technology was so attractive that CA bought the company in 2011 and incorporated the monitoring service into its Nimsoft Cloud Monitoring tools. If you’re building an API for your own service, you can provide your users with a quick status dashboard of your own, using the Stashboard code that was open sourced by Twilio a few years ago. Developers can use the code to create a dashboard that can be hosted on Google Apps Engine.Lead image courtesy of NOAA brian proffitt Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Unfortunately, it’s not entirely clear that the public Nimsoft page is up to date. The page is currently reporting disruptions for Digg, Dropbox and some Google services. The latter seems inaccurate, since Google itself isn’t reporting any issues today.Of course, if you have an app that depends on Google services, you can always check out Google’s API status page. Amazon Web Services has its own API and service reporting dashboard, too. Tags:#APIs Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…
The Microsoft Store is missing some key native apps for Windows 8.1 (Spotify, Pandora, HBO Go and TweetDeck come to mind), but the fact that third party browsers are available and can run the Web versions of those apps makes up for that shortcoming. This is where the fact that Surface Pro 3 functions both as a mobile tablet with full PC capability really comes in handy.PC capabilities is very convenient. If an app isn’t available in the Microsoft Store, there is a good chance you can find a version of it that will work on one or more browsers.The Surface Pro 3 is great for reading both books and news. It excels with its large screen as Web browsing device, where the touch version of Internet Explorer 11 shines. The big screen also functions well for Netflix or Hulu+ and here, again, the kickstand comes in handy. If you can forget for a minute that the Surface Pro 3 is priced well above other pure tablet competitors, it is a distinctly pleasurable mobile experience.Is This The Tablet That Replaces Your Laptop?When you put all the components of the Surface Pro 3 together, does it really add up to the tablet that can replace your laptop, as Microsoft so desperately wants you to believe?See also: With The Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate The PC MarketAlmost, but not quite.The Surface Pro 3 has some advantages on the likes of a MacBook Air or a Chromebook. It’s a fully touch-enabled device that’s relatively lightweight for a laptop while offering the power of a full-fledged PC.Where the Surface Pro 3 falters, though, is in its mix of mobile plus PC components. The dual desktop and Metro-style interfaces can be confusing, especially for users who aren’t familiar with Windows 8. Microsoft has rolled back its reliance on its hubs and tiles interface in Windows 8.1, making it more accessible to mouse and keyboard heavy users, but the mix isn’t quite balanced yet, as if Microsoft bolted one to the other. Then there’s the fact that the Type Cover for the Surface Pro 3 is an additional accessory that you pretty much have to buy if you want to use the device as a laptop. The MacBook Air isn’t a perfect device, but the metal uni-body construction still makes for an excellent laptop experience, even if without a touchscreen.Avid Windows fans will love the Surface Pro 3. But it’s hard to imagine a Fortune 500 company ordering hundreds of them as replacements for existing lines of laptops and PCs. The ordinary consumer is not Microsoft’s target audience either, so the market fit is tricky at best.In the end, the Surface Pro 3 makes for an excellent if overpriced tablet and an awkward if technically capable laptop.Updated to note that the Surface Pro Pen is included in the box when you buy a Surface Pro 3. Microsoft promises that it offers the best of all worlds: a terrific tablet that can replace your MacBook Air for work and productivity.One of these things is truer than the other. The Work Device: Surface Pro 3 As A Laptop ReplacementAs with any other Windows computer you may have ever used, the first thing you’ll need to do with the new Surface Pro is to download a fair amount of third-party software (and maybe an update to the operating system) if you actually want to get anything done.The Surface Pro 3 doesn’t come with a full suite of Microsoft Office out of the box. If you want to use Word or Excel, you’ll need to download and register for Office 365, Microsoft’s subscription-based cloud service for tablets and smartphones (including iOS and Android). Without Office 365, you don’t get the standard suite of Microsoft productivity tools on the Pro 3.Surface Pro 3 dual screen mode.The next thing you’ll need is a new browser. Windows 8.1 ostensibly comes with two versions of Internet Explorer 11, one for touch and one for the desktop (more on the desktop below), but many sites on the Web these days aren’t optimized for IE 11 (especially the touch version).If you use a Windows PC or a Mac, there’s a good chance you already use multiple browsers for different tasks anyway. Google Chrome is available for Windows 8.1 on the desktop, as are Opera and Firefox.Microsoft wants to push users to its own tools or those from its highly preferred partners, such as Adobe Photoshop. Microsoft touts OneNote, a cloud-based productivity app for saving pictures, articles, handwritten notes and drawings very similar to Evernote, as the panacea for everything cloud and mobile on the Surface Pro 3. Microsoft’s Fresh Paint is its default photo editor and drawing tool, while OneDrive is its personal cloud storage service (like Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud) that permeates the background of everything on the Pro 3.If you’re happy with this all-Microsoft lineup, they’re serviceable apps that get the job done. If you prefer Evernote with its Skitch photo-editing tool, it’s available in the Microsoft Store. The abundance of third-party apps now available for Windows 8.1 marks a distinct difference between the Surface of 2012 and 2013 and the Surface Pro of 2014. (Note that I’m distinctly not talking about Microsoft’s ARM-based operating system Windows 8 RT, which doesn’t run normal Windows 8 applications and which the company has notably failed to mention even once at its events so far this year).Most apps that you would normally use on a Windows PC or a Mac can be found on Windows 8 these days, and that really boosts the device’s usability. In that respect alone, the Surface Pro is a decent laptop replacement.Mobile vs. PCBut Microsoft is going for more. Microsoft’s Surface group general manager Brett Ostrum summed up the tablet’s hybrid—you might even say “tweener“—nature to me this way: “It is a superior laptop designed to be elegantly mobile.”See also: With Surface Pro 3, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate The PC MarketThe general confusion over the Surface Pro 3 (or any of the Surfaces that came before) is that it looks like a tablet. Without any accessories, the Pro 3 just looks like a 12-inch tablet with a kickstand, as opposed to any laptop or notebook a consumer has ever used. As a tablet, however, the Surface Pro most certainly isn’t a laptop replacement.And that’s where its identity issues come to the fore. Microsoft offers a new Type Cover for the Pro 3 (for $130)—but when have you ever needed to pay extra for a laptop that comes with a physical keyboard? The Surface Pro 3 also employs a stylus, called the Pro Pen or the Surface Pen ($50), that acts as the de facto mouse for the mobile interface. The Pen is included in the box when you buy the Surface Pro 3. Basically, if you want to use the Surface Pro 3 as Microsoft intends, be ready to fork over another $130 or so on top of the device’s already pricey base cost.Type Cover 3.The tension between “superior laptop” and “elegantly mobile” exists just about everywhere in the Surface Pro 3. From a hardware perspective, it runs like a PC with an x86 Intel Core series chip, but it looks like an overgrown tablet and forces you to cough up extra cash for standard PC accessories.From a software perspective, the default user interface is the now standard Windows 8 “Metro” look of colorful hubs and tiles—but the old Windows desktop is waiting underneath the Start screen and runs most of the PC applications, like third party browsers or Office apps. App makers basically have to choose if they want to design for the Metro interface, which is flatter and more colorful, or if they simply want to build for the Windows desktop, which is alive and well in Windows 8.1. Mozilla dumped its Metro plans and just released a desktop version of its Firefox browser; and other app makers have made similar decisions.The handoff between desktop mode and Metro mode is not seamless. The newest version of Windows 8.1 does come with a dedicated button on the Start screen to go to the desktop, but it’s not the only way to get there. If you click on an app which doesn’t have a Metro presence—like the Google Chrome browser or Microsoft Word, for instance—it’ll take you straight to the desktop.In fact, it’s often hard to predict just when and how you’ll end up on the desktop instead of Metro. That’s true even with IE, which has a foot in both interfaces; it basically decides which mode to open in based on depending the action it thinks you’re taking at the time.Windows 8.1 desktop mode.The app switching experience is unchanged in Windows 8.1, featuring an awkward gesture that requires the user to pull from the left side to position a new app on the screen. Though in the Metro interface, the 12-inch screen of the Surface Pro 3 does allow users to more effectively have up to three decent sized apps open. For instance, I was working in Word while having Skype open in a side panel to keep track of the conversation in the ReadWrite newsroom. A quick note on the kickstand: this is the best instantiation of the stand from a Surface device yet. It has a tension hinge that starts at about 20 degrees and can be bent back to any angle until it is nearly flat. The new kickstand enhances the versatility of the Pro 3 greatly, even if it does seem like a minor detail to a computer packed with other interesting features.The Stylus That Is Also A MouseWhat happens when you try to turn a laptop into a 12-inch glass touchscreen slate? You need a new way to interact with it—something that’s not a mouse, but still more than just a finger on a screen.Enter the Surface Pro Pen. It functions both as a stylus and a mouse. It has two buttons on the side; the bottom one (if you’re holding it) acts as a left-click button and an eraser in handwriting/drawing mode, while the top button acts as a right-click button. You may not want to use the thing to play World Of Warcraft any time soon, but between finger and stylus, the Surface Pro 3 offers an intriguing hybrid form of user navigation.Translation from handwriting to text in OneNote.The pen is hooked into Microsoft’s OneNote app as well as well as a variety of third party apps like Adobe Photoshop and screenwriting software Final Cut. It can translate handwriting to text with varying degrees of accuracy and can be used as a replacement to the touchscreen keyboard or the Type Cover. I wrote an entire article with the Pro Pen last week (with light editing) to show off the accuracy of the Pen. (Spoiler alert: The results were mixed.)One commenter noted that I should try to write in One Note and entire sample of text and then highlight the entire selection and translate it to text. You can see how it turned out in those nearby pictures, and it wasn’t pretty. Though I do have awful handwriting.A Beautiful, Functional TabletThe PC aspect of the Surface Pro 3 is an exercise in contradictions. But if you consider it purely as a tablet for playing games or watching movies, the Pro 3 is a terrific device.The Surface Pro 3 is a little less than 1.76 pounds without the Type Cover, which makes it a bit heavy if you hold it for a while without using the kickstand, which you might do if you’re reading an ebook. The kickstand hinge distributes the weight of the tablet and makes it more useful in a variety of settings; I tried it out on the bus, for instance, and also took the Pro 3 to the park to read on the grass. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Is the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 really the tablet that can replace your PC? That’s the fundamental proposition on which Microsoft is pinning its entire Surface tablet line. Unfortunately, it’s a dicey one.Forget trying to compare the Surface Pro 3 to other tablets. It’s not made like other slates, and the Pro 3 isn’t priced to compete with the likes of the iPad, Kindle Fire or an Android-based Nexus tablet.Consider its specs alone. The Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch, 2,160×1,440 full HD display and runs the fourth generation of Intel’s Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and weighs 1.76 pounds (2.4 pounds with the Type Cover). The Pro 3 comes with a full version of Windows 8.1. Prices start at $799 for an i3 version with 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM and rises from there, all the way up to an i7 processor with 8GB of RAM and near half a terabyte of storage for $1,949. This is not a tablet Microsoft is unleashing to kill the iPad. Instead, Microsoft has its sights set on the MacBook Air, a computer that has eaten away at the high end of Microsoft’s PC market dominance. The price, if not the hardware specs, says that much. Even Microsoft’s landing page for the Surface Pro 3 compares it directly to the MacBook Air. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Tags:#Microsoft#PCs#Surface#Surface Pro#tablets#Windows 8#Windows 8.1 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Security forces foiled a bid to snatch a service rifle in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday. One militant was also arrested.Preliminary reports suggest that two militants forced their entry into a J&K Bank branch in Anantnag’s main town. “The militant approached a security personnel to snatch the rifle. However, he was overpowered,” said a police official. Unconfirmed reports suggest one militant was arrested at the spot. The militant is a resident of adjoining district of Kulgam. Unconfirmed reports suggest one jawan was also injured in the militants bid to snatch the rifle. One militant managed to escape from the spot.
Accusing the State government of being “insensitive” towards women safety, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule on Friday demanded a probe by the Special Investigation Team into the death of the teenage gang rape victim.Ms. Sule along with party’s Mumbai unit chief Nawab Malik and MLC Vidya Chavan led a protest march in Chunabhatti alleging that the ongoing probe into the matter is not being carried out “properly”. The party has called for immediate arrests of the accused.The protest march was taken out from the Lal Dongar area in suburban Chembur to the Chunabhatti Police Station.The 19-year-old woman, who was allegedly raped by four of her friends in Mumbai in the first week of July, died in a Aurangabad hospital on August 29. “The matter has to be investigated by a SIT. We are with the family. We will not relent till the victim gets justice,” said Ms. Sule after she met officials at the Chunabhatti police station.The victim’s father was being pressured, Ms. Sule alleged and added, “The government is trying to muzzle voices. It tries to threaten all. This government is insensitive about women safety. Women are not getting justice. We will be meeting the Director-General of Police along with the victim’s brother.” Later in the day, Ms. Sule and Mr. Malik met DGP Subodh Jaiswal and demanded protection for the girl’s family. Meanwhile, deputy chairperson of the Legislative Council Neelam Gorhe said she has instructed the Mumbai Police to trace the accused and ensure charge sheet in the matter is filed properly.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched a multidimensional pilot project aimed at development of agriculture and increase in the income of farmers and poor people in tribal-dominated Nabarangpur district.Multidimensional project As many as 15 different departments of the State government and 12 research and development organisations of the Central government, working under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Biotechnology, will extend support for implementation of the project.A sum of ₹5.21 crore will be spent on the implementation of the project in the current financial year. Nabarangpur happens to be one of the most backward districts in the country.Among other things, construction of water harvesting structures, cultivation of high-yielding variety of fruits and vegetables, establishment of commercial nurseries, lemon grass farming, cultivation of sweet potato and turmeric, incense stick manufacturing, and fish farming will be undertaken under the project.Skill enhancementFarmers will be provided necessary support to use new methods of agriculture to enhance their skills under the ambitious project. Initiatives will also be taken for improvement of healthcare and nutrition under the scheme.While launching the project through videoconferencing from Lok Seva Bhavan here, Mr. Patnaik said the State government has been giving emphasis to development of farmers and agriculture. The motto of the government is to make agriculture profitable, he said.
Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring Chile’s first goal. (AP Photo)This is the coverage of the first round of 16 World Cup 2014 match as hosts Brazil take on their South American counterparts Chile at Mineirao Staduim in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Match Photos Brazil 1-1 Chile (3-2 on penalties) Neymar scored the winning penalty to give Brazil a 3-2 shootout win over Chile in the second round of the World Cup. The match had ended 1-1. Neymar scored the third penalty after David Luiz and Marcelo also scored from the spot. Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar saved the first two penalties and watched Gonzalo Jara’s final attempt hit the post. Brazil will next face either Colombia or Uruguay in the quarterfinals. Time for a shootout! Match moves into penalties as second half of extra-time comes to an end. Chile almost scored a few seconds before the end as Pinilla’s shot hit the crossbar. Brazil get a worthy corner, but couldn’t make much of it. 87′: Medel taken off on a stretcher, Rojas replaces him. 72′: Willian steps in place of Oscar, Brazil pushing forward. Match in extra time. End of normal time as Howard Webb blows the whistle. Stay tuned for another 30 minutes of action as Brazil try to sharpen their finishes. 87′: Chile’s Arturo Vidal is substituted for Mauricio Pinilla 55′: Hulk gets booked for handball after his goal is disallowed. Hulk thought he put Brazil ahead 10 minutes into the second half but referee Howard Webb disallowed the goal, ruling Hulk took down a long pass with his arm.advertisement 32′: Sanchez equalises forChile. Brazil gave away the ball from a throw-in and Alexis Sanchez shot it past the keeper right into the bottom corner. Chile equalized in the 32nd after Eduardo Vargas intercepted Hulk’s pass and found Alexis Sanchez, who scored from the right side of the penalty area with a shot toward the far post. 18′: David Luiz scores with his thigh on Neymar’s corner kick, Silva gets a flick on it. David Luiz scored for the World Cup hosts in the 18th minute after Thiago Silva deflected Neymar’s corner kick toward the far post. Luiz was given the goal but Chile defender Gonzalo Jara may have touched the ball before it went in. Chile’s Alexis Sanchez scores his side’s first goal past Brazil’s Thiago Silva. (AP Photo)Chile’s Gonzalo Jara and Brazil’s David Luiz go for the ball before Brazil’s first goal. (AP Photo) For India Today’s World Cup 2014 homepage, click here . VIDEO: How Chile plan to stop Brazil’s Neymar Lineups: Brazil: Julia Cesar; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho, Oscar; Hulk, Fred, Neymar. Chile: Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Eugenio Mena, Francisco Silva, Gonzalo Jara; Arturo Vidal, Marcelo Diaz, Charles Aranguiz; Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min is keen to continue his goalscoring exploits, the striker said as he became the Premier League’s highest scoring Asian after scoring the winner in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.South Korea international Son surpassed compatriot and retired Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung with a 20-yard curler for his third goal of the season across all competitions to get Tottenham a win at Wembley.Spurs are level with second-placed United on 23 points after 11 league games, eight points behind league leaders Manchester City.”It was a special day for me,” Son told the club’s website. “Park Ji-Sung had the record and he’s my idol. He’s a legend. He’s got everything. I’ve a lot to do to catch him.”It’s a record which makes me happy. I can enjoy this day but I’m still hungry. I hope I can score many, many goals for Spurs.”Son is likely to feature in South Korea’s upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Serbia before league action returns with the north London derby on November 18 as Tottenham travel to Arsenal.
Triple-jumper Voula Papachristou won Greece’s second and final medal in the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam finishing third in Sunday’s final.In a very close contest, Papachristou led a for a long time in the final with her efforts at 14.31 meters and then 14.45 m., before being overtaken by Portugal’s Patricia Mamona (14.58 m.) and Israel’s Hanna Minenko (14.51 m.), with Papachristou bettering her performance with her last effort at 14.47 m.It is reminded that Russian athletes were excluded from this Championships, and that in the previous Championships in 2014 two Russian jumpers had been on the podium, earning silver and bronze.Papachristou had missed out on the London Olympics in 2012 due to a racist comment on the Internet.Greece has ended the Championships with one gold, by pole-vaulter Katerina Stefanidi, and one bronze medal. On Sunday Michalis Anastasakis ended up fourth in the hammer-throw final with an effort at 75.89 meters.source: ekathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shares