These are the stunning new energy efficient homes at Rann Mor Meadow that will cost new home-owners who purchase the properties around €1 a-day to heat.Letterkenny’s newest development Rann Mor Meadow is selling fast and is ticking all the right boxes for potential new home-owners looking to invest in property, and from the photos above you can see why.The only “A” rated energy efficient homes in Letterkenny are attracting huge interest because of their fantastic energy efficient specifications. Incredibly, it’s been estimated that it will cost new home-owners in the estate around €1 a-day to heat.Rann Mor Meadow, is located just a short distance from the town is an ideal location for new home-owners.The first phase of fifteen homes are almost sold out, indicating clearly the popularity of the new homes.Rann Mor Meadow boasts a superb range of features – which will ultimately save new home-owners thousands of euros every year! To find out more information on these wonderful new energy efficient homes at Ran Mor Meadow contact GDC (Ireland) Limited, Kilderry, Muff, Co. Donegal. Tel: 074 9384700 – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgOr of the selling agents Sherry FitzGerald Rainey, Letterkenny, on 074 91 22211 or see http://www.sfr.ie STUNNING ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES AT RANN MOR MEADOW WILL COST YOU JUST €1 A DAY TO HEAT was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsRann Mor Meadow
Comments NASA Mars rover Curiosity spots peculiar pebbles NASA: ‘Cannonball’ spotted on Mars isn’t what it seems 2 Enlarge ImageThe Curiosity rover drilled into this clay-bearing unit on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech The Curiosity rover is living its best life on Mars. NASA chose the Gale Crater as the vehicle’s stomping ground in part because of the siren call of the crater’s “clay-bearing unit.” The rover has now finally drilled into that area, nearly seven years after landing on the red planet.”Don’t let your dreams be dreams,” the rover team tweeted. “I finally got beneath the surface of those clays. Science to come.” “Certain minerals, including some Curiosity may find in the clay and sulfate-rich layers near the bottom of Gale’s mountain, are good at latching onto organic compounds and protecting them from oxidation,” NASA said at the time. Curiosity now finally has its chance for a closer look. This is a time of great excitement for scientists and Mars fans alike. Curiosity has weathered technical glitches and damaged wheels to get here. This new chapter, carved into clay, is just beginning. “This is a moment that the mission has been waiting for since Gale Crater was chosen as our landing site,” wrote Curiosity team member Scott Guzewich in a mission update. The bedrock target is nicknamed “Aberlady.” Curiosity will investigate the drill hole and composition of the rock powder as it seeks to learn more about this region of Mars. When NASA announced in 2011 that Gale Crater would be Curiosity’s home away from home, the space agency highlighted the likely history of water in the region and how it plays into the search for signs of organic compounds. Curiosity explores Mars Tags Share your voice 43 Photos Don’t let your dreams be dreams.Back in 2011, before I launched for #Mars, Gale Crater was chosen as my landing site in part because of intriguing clays seen from orbit. I finally got beneath the surface of those clays. Science to comehttps://t.co/eNNcHi4X7f#MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/YHk7DZJKig— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) April 8, 2019 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Sci-Tech Mars rovers NASA Space
It’s the time of year when teens in the Washington D.C. area search for the fanciest gowns, buy the swankiest suits or rent the classiest tuxedos: it’s prom season! Unfortunately, many teens in the area can’t financially afford to look as elegant as they want. CBS Radio station WPGC 95.5 and non-profit organization Once Upon a Prom stepped up to that challenge by providing hundreds of teens across the region with free prom attire at their sixth annual Operation Pretty and Polished event. WPGC, along with El Zol 107.9 radio, partnered with State Farm for the six-hour event hosted by reality television star Paul Wharton on May 3 at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington in northeast Washington, D.C. Throughout the year, everything from gently used dresses to suits, shoes and accessories are collected and housed at various State Farm locations. With much anticipation, local teens and their parents waited in line beginning at 7 a.m. for the doors to open. Students were given a number, based on their arrival time, to choose their prom gear in an orderly manner. “I was excited to give back and be a part of this [event],” said Wanda Jenkins, Miss University of the District of Columbia 2013-2014. “The cost of shoes, a gown, and make-up is expensive.” “I told the girls and boys to remember this day and [remember] who helped them with prepare for their prom and give back when they get older,” she added. With more than 1,000 garments to choose from, some students attending their eighth grade junior prom or their 12th grade senior prom felt overwhelmed with the huge selection. Shae, 17, said she was simply looking for a red dress for Suitland High School’s senior prom. After trying on four red gowns, the senior could not decide what to take home. Female celebrity shoppers included Jenkins, Miss Maryland Jr High 2014 Michaela Smith, recording artist Tulani, Tati of WPGC’s Pablo Morning Show, on-air personality Sunni and the City, and ladies of the WPGC Street Team assisted the girls in finding the right look. Former Washington Redskins player Josh Morgan, now with the Chicago Bears, and the Redskins’ Trent Robinson assisted the young males in their fashion quest. Celebrity shopper and former Mrs. Maryland 2011 Sandra Bryan-Grier donated 73 gowns, 15 pairs of shoes, 25 pairs of earrings, 15 new adhesive bras, and 13 purses from SanSan Closet, her non-profit organization. “[Going to the] prom is [the beginning of] crossing over to adulthood so it’s important for them [students] to have that experience,” she said. “It’s important for them to go and think back. It’s a memory that’s long-lasting.” Once Upon a Prom founder Jackie Johnson said she was amazed by the continuous support received this year, and every year. To assist the young gentlemen financially, Men’s Warehouse offered tuxedo rentals at $59.99, discounted from their regularly priced $150 to $180 rentals. While the anxious teens shopped with their celebrity shopper, their parents received giveaways and free blood pressure, body mass index and diabetes screenings courtesy of MedStar and Chi Eta Phi nursing sorority. They also enjoyed the sounds of harpist and singer Tulani, who has toured with Lady Gaga. Colleges and universities including the University of District of Columbia, Georgetown and Trinity were also on hand, urging students to consider enrolling into college and discussing life after the prom.
I don’t give a damn where The Alien comes from, and neither should you.Look. I understand that we’re now living in a cyclical entertainment world where the average ordinary filmgoer has become conditioned to care about things like canon and mythos that previously were the exclusive domain of sad, socially-inept obsessive dweebs who used the methodical cataloging of pop-culture minutiae as an all-purpose psychological slurry to fill up the ever-widening emotional void of a life spent absent the warmth of human conta… er, or so I’m told. Since, obviously, anyone who does this for a living has piles of friends and is always invited to all the best parties. In any case, the point is, I’ve made peace with the fact that the price I pay for enjoying movies like The Avengers is having to also endure things like Transformers: The Bumblebee Solo Movie and The Hasbro Cinematic Universe.And hey! Sometimes doing the franchise canon thing with normal movies works out and you get Creed or… well, okay, just Creed – but Creed was pretty good, right?Here’s the thing, though: Not everything is built to have a mythology and a lot of stuff is designed intentionally around working better without it – and Alien was absolutely one of those things. A huge part of why Alien worked was that it was sparse and bare and minimal: Everything had proper names, but they were largely presented in terms of “the crew” on “the ship” for “the company” versus “the alien.” It’s kind of there in the title: Alien. Not “Xenomorph” – ALIEN. Because narratively, that’s all it is – an alien. The alien. Something alien.Aesthetically and subtextually, sure, it’s also a metaphor for sexual violence, unwanted impregnation, physical violation, etc. ; but functionally it was the amalgamated embodiment of decades worth of science-fiction inspired nightmares about the unnameable horrors that could well be awaiting mankind in the endless uncharted blackness of outer space. Not only does it not need a backstory, a backstory can only serve to make it less compelling because explaining it unavoidably takes it away from being a horrifying abstract embodiment of cosmic phobia and makes it just another movie monster.I’d compare the attempts to do otherwise to deciding to explain the motivations of the shark in Jaws, but it’s actually worse than that. Prometheus and now Alien: Covenant are more like if someone made a humanizing biopic about the specific change in atmospheric pressure that led to the tropical depression that eventually caused “The Storm” in The Perfect Storm. The only time the idea of an “Alien mythos” kind of worked was in the first Alien Vs Predator because “versus movies” are typically stupid just-for-fun disposable nonsense and that’s where such ideas belong. But Covenant, like Prometheus before it, wants to be taken very, very seriously as Ridley Scott re-explores meditations on the nature of humanity, free will and the responsibilities or lack thereof of creation that he already covered much better way back in Blade Runner. And Michael Fassbender is no Rutger Hauer when it comes to playing unhinged robots.For what it’s worth, the premise here is that the crew and passengers of The Covenant colony ship get woken from hypersleep way too early by a space accident and decide to explore a mysterious, seemingly human broadcast coming from an uncharted nearby planet where they find a suspiciously wiped out civilization. They a somehow rebuilt David – the malfunctioning android who went robo-crazy and got everyone killed in Prometheus…Yup. That’s the big, explosive origin story somebody felt this franchise was desperately missing: The Xenomorphs exist because a busted robot had a bunch of extra time on his hands.The point of all this is that David was programmed to be inquisitive but because he doesn’t also have a human moral compass he’s a representation of the idea of a capricious unfeeling creator-god, which is meant to be existentially terrifying… and is right, right up until you realize they don’t intend to actually explore any of what that means in any significant way the whole thing just ends up being a rote mad scientist movie with an Alien shoved in at the kickoff of Act 3 to justify the use of the marketable franchise-branding. Make no mistake; the Alien is a sideshow while David is meant to be the “real” monster. I’m sure was intentional and meant to be extremely profound but just comes off as a fawning excuse to center another overly mannered performance by the increasingly overrated Fassbender who (like the film) comes off empty despite being oh so very handsome.And it is a very handsome looking movie! Ridley Scott makes handsome movies – in fact, he’s one of our most accomplished visual storytellers. It’s just that this time the story wasn’t really worth telling. Apart from Fassbender’s hammy “Oh, you thought you were sick of me after Assassin’s Creed!” turn as David and the identical “good” android Walter the cast all seem to be completely adrift. All those “character-developing” video logs from the marketing aren’t actually in the movie, and the only person who makes a real impression is Danny McBride – mostly because you’re noticing that yes, he basically “works” as a straight dramatic actor. Good on him! But his role, like the film, adds up to nothing.Honestly, I think I preferred Prometheus. It was just as stupid and a lot more scattershot, but at least it kept moving and did a lot of different stupid things. It was like watching a bunch of high-end actors remake one of the sleazy Alien knock-offs like Galaxy of Terror or Inseminoid. This? This is just dull. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’
Getting health products to people in need in Africa involves dealing with a host of issues, one of which is waste—governments and other institutions find that if they just give free products to people, a lot of those products are never used; many are simply thrown away. To deal with this problem, some organizations have taken to charging people for the products under the reasonable assumption that those that do not need them would simply not buy them. But charging for such products as mosquito netting may prevent many who cannot afford them from getting the help they need. In this new effort, the researchers sought to find out if another type of method might work better, using vouchers that people could redeem for free at a local store.The experiments consisted of going door-to-door in various communities in Kenya offering health products to those who answered. Recipients were given one of three possible options: They could buy the product (a chlorine solution for killing germs in drinking water), they could accept a voucher for it, or they could just have it right there for free. The researchers then followed up later by returning to the homes they had visited earlier, this time requesting to test their water.In analyzing the water samples, the researchers found that those who were given vouchers had just a 1 percentage dip in samples with chlorine compared to those that had received free supplies right away (32.9 versus 33.9). But they also found that they only needed to give out 60 percent as much of the solution when using the voucher system. In sharp contrast, the researchers found that for those who were offered the product for sale, only 12.4 percent had chlorine in their water, indicating that a large percentage of those contacted could not afford the product.The researchers suggest their experiments indicate that adding a small hassle when administering health products can dramatically reduce waste. Not included in the study was the possible emotional impact on the people made to trod to a nearby store to collect their “free” healthcare product. How to deliver drinking water chlorine-free (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has found that offering vouchers as a means of distributing health products to poor people in Africa resulted in less waste than other methods. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes the experiments they conducted, their results and why they believe the voucher method could prove useful in a wide variety of distribution applications. Benjamin Olken with MIT offers a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: P. Dupas et al. Targeting health subsidies through a nonprice mechanism: A randomized controlled trial in Kenya, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf6288AbstractFree provision of preventive health products can markedly increase access in low-income countries. A cost concern about free provision is that some recipients may not use the product, wasting resources (overinclusion). Yet, charging a price to screen out nonusers may screen out poor people who need and would use the product (overexclusion). We report on a randomized controlled trial of a screening mechanism that combines the free provision of chlorine solution for water treatment with a small nonmonetary cost (household vouchers that need to be redeemed monthly in order). Relative to a nonvoucher free distribution program, this mechanism reduces the quantity of chlorine procured by 60 percentage points, but reduces the share of households whose stored water tests positive for chlorine residual by only one percentage point, substantially improving the trade-off between overinclusion and overexclusion. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Using vouchers found to reduce waste when offering health products to the poor in Africa (2016, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-vouchers-health-products-poor-africa.html Journal information: Science Explore further
Why not spend the Independence Day weekend at destinations with a historic importance? Visit places like Amritsar, Andaman and Nicobar Islands or Kottayam, which have a connect with India’s freedom struggle.Hotels.com, an online accommodation booking website, suggests travel enthusiasts to take a walk down memory lane by visiting historic destinations across India to experience the richness of culture,
Giving up a promising career at a global Big 4 consultancy was perhaps the hardest decision made by Shruti Chandra, but her dream of building India into the world’s top investment destination was a cause she was ready to risk everything for.A sticky situation arose when one of the world’s largest retail chains was served notice to suspend operations at duty free areas of Delhi and Mumbai airports, the reason being this that its security clearance had not been renewed. The chain was suffering losses of Rs 1 crore per week but more than that shutting down two outlets of a world famous brand at a time when foreign investment was raising, essential revenue would have been detrimental to Indian business. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEven a tight deadline couldn’t deter Chandra. After managing to get hold of an appointment with the Secretary, Civil Aviation, Chandra convinced him to reconsider the earlier order of shutting down the retail chain’s outlets. A committee hearing has been scheduled to sort out the issue shortly. A multinational clothing company, on another occasion, was grappling with staff crunch on the day of opening its first store in Mumbai as the law in Mumbai forbade women workers to stay beyond a certain time and the MNC had decided to extend its operational hours on that particular occasion. Chandra, after meeting with the Principal Secretary, Industry, Government of Maharashtra, convinced him to grant the MNC an extension. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhen asked how it felt like to be rubbing shoulders with top echelons of the business world well as high ranking officials of the central and state governments, Chandra said, “It’s all about relationship building. Initially, I was apprehensive about how such senior bureaucrats and politicians would react to being approached by a youngster like me. But, I realised soon – and they did, too – that we’re part of the same team and that we have a common goal of facilitating investments in India. No doubt that the Prime Minister’s unambiguous message on attracting FDI helped,” she said. She had joined Invest India last December. Her current job is to deal with the retail sector and the textiles industry. She also has “state responsibility” for Delhi and “country responsibility” for the UK. Chandra, who is a fan of Harry Potter, also likes to swim, enjoys Italian and Thai cuisines and loves listening to music in her spare time. While she admits that her three-year stint at Invest India is the equivalent to 10 years worth of experience at any other job, for now, she has eyes only for the next foreign investor who needs help to invest in India.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Ok, geeks. Next Tuesday’s your chance.On April 15, Google Glass will be available to everyone in the U.S., not just a handpicked group of “Explorers.”The catch? The price isn’t any lower, which means it’s only available for those with a disposable $1,500. In addition, if you want to join the “Explorer” club, you’ll need to act fast once the clock strikes 6 a.m. PST that morning – according to a Google+ post, supplies will be limited. You can sign up for a “reminder to purchase” here.Google may be known for its cutting edge technologies (and awesome cafeterias), but this is marketing gold.Related: Google Gets Defensive About Google Glass ‘Myths’With a full-fledged consumer release still months away, a limited-day sale allows Google to get more Glass out there for testing and development purposes ahead of the official launch.Google’s high-tech specs have been popping up lately, pilot-tested for everything from police patrols to airport check-ins. Now, news comes that New York City health inspectors may also begin donning Google’s goggles to record restaurant site visits. The year-long trial program, the New York Post reports, would require 10 percent of the 160 health inspectors to wear video devices.For those of you planning to purchase your very own Google Glass come Tuesday, just remember: Don’t be a Glasshole.Related: Coming Soon: Google Glass Ray-Bans April 11, 2014
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Google I/O is ostensibly about the future of Android, but that changed in 2016 when CEO Sundar Pichai put the AI-powered Google Assistant and machine learning at the forefront, a trend that continued at this year’s show.At I/O 2017, the phrase “going from mobile first to AI first,” was repeated throughout the opening sessions and definitely set the tone.In addition to adding to its collection of open-source neural net technology, Google also introduced a more advanced Tensor Flow Unit (TCU), a piece of hardware designed specifically for running and training neural nets. This technology has been made available to developers and researchers on the cloud, and Google doubled down with 1,000 units available for research organizations.The average consumer, however, will likely experience Google’s machine-learning efforts via the Google Assistant. Developers can now build special Actions for this super-powered chatbot, which expands what the Assistant can do. Google unveiled new tools to make interactions like purchases seamless, opening the door for the Assistant to become a money-making platform for developers.In addition to the ascendance of the Assistant, it was interesting to see all the places where mobile phones were absent. A new Android-based, in-car control system highlighted the Assistant, but doesn’t require a phone. Google Home is getting a slew of updates, but voice calls don’t require a phone; Home will now simply call numbers, for free. It’s a startling move, partly because of its convenience but especially because this is exactly the context where we would expect to see crossover with Android devices.Popular Google platform iPhoneOne noticable point was the number of times the iPhone was mentioned during the series of keynotes at Google I/O. These weren’t offered as points of comparison to show Android’s superiority. Instead, Google treated the iPhone almost as if it were another platform for its developers.It started when the Google Assistant debuted in the less-than-popular chat app Allo, which launched simultaneously on iPhone and Android. The Assistant next appeared exclusive in the Pixel and Pixel XL phones, but now the Assistant will be everywhere: in cars, in TVs and, yes, in the iPhone. Now that developers can write Actions for the Assistant, it effectively turns the iPhone into an extension of Google’s existing platforms.The pieces of AndroidAndroid isn’t going away, clearly. Sessions focusing on the changes coming in Android O highlighted new tools and efforts to make developing for Android easier. But there was also a sense of tension as Google starts to take back more and more control of the Android platform. If developers want to target their apps for the new Android O, they have to use the OS’s new notification channels. If not, developers were told in a session, notifications will be dropped.Android is also popping up in more places beyond the phone. A stripped-down, hardened version of Android will power Google’s IoT platform called Android Things. Several of the changes coming to O regarding power and processor use are also coming to Android Wear, with additional restrictions.The real question is not what the future of Android will be. With 2 billion active monthly users on Android, it’s clearly a major player in the Googleverse. Rather, Google is pushing hard to turn Android developers into Google Assistant developers, Google Home Actions developers and web developers using the latest tools available in Chrome. That transition is going to be key toward Google becoming an AI first company. May 19, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »
There are seemingly an infinite number of mobile games in app stores these days. So much so that finding good games is often a struggle for consumers. While ranking charts and app store recommendations help, it’s easy to create a game and have it get lost in the sea of options before getting a single user. Some game developers have hacked the process and established suites of successful titles, while others have created one-off hits. Whatever the method, achieving success in gaming will depend on how the market develops in the coming year.Related: Infographic: The Gaming IndustryMarket research found that there are more than180 million mobile gamers in the U.S. as of 2016, and that number is projected to grow by at least another 12 million in 2017. With so many gamers, the opportunity to grow gaming franchises is significant. There are also countless opportunities to leverage the popularity of mobile gaming for marketing efforts, brand development and educational interests.Data shows that market penetration for mobile gaming is only at 55 percent, which means there are plenty of opportunities for developers and gaming companies to reach new consumer segments with successfully targeted games. There are a few proven strategies that have been successfully implemented by established gaming companies.“The app stores have changed significantly over the years and are now more competitive than ever before,” says Ilya Nikolayev, founder and CEO of Tapinator (TAPM), a mobile gaming company. “To control your own destiny, your game’s metrics need to be good enough to allow you to profitably acquire users for your title.” That is the goal of any gaming developer — to create titles that support long term growth. The following strategies will help any company in the mobile gaming space grow in 2017.1. Quantitative approach before creative.Games are a creative and recreational outlet for most players. Most people play for a chance to suspend reality and enjoy experiences they would not otherwise have time for. Many game companies start the development process with a creative approach in mind. If they want to create games that generate value, however, they would do better to start with a quantitative approach.Related: Has the Mobile Gaming Frenzy Caught in India Yet? This Entrepreneur Says Yes.The challenge is assessing whether or not the investment in development will result in the expected financial outcomes. Nikolayev explains how to engage with this problem. “This is a quantity-driven business where each engine allows us to quickly release new titles while minimizing additional development work for each game,” he says. “The main challenge here is building an install base for each game that is sufficiently large so as to monetize the product via advertising.”2. Create fast, iterate often.Another way to accelerate growth is by developing games quickly and making constant improvements. Nikolayev says that Tapinator has worked to develop two key categories of games — full-features and rapid-launch. Full-feature games are titles that keep people engaged with longer form content, while rapid-launch games tend to entice users by capitalizing on current trends.With the ability to make upgrades and additions over time, developers can deliver a simple gaming experience and improve it with time. This is not to say that you should develop a substandard game and improve it as you go. Everything has to start at a high quality. Otherwise, you risk upsetting users. Developing methods for creating games fast, however, helps maintain your competitive advantage.3. Create an ecosystem of apps for marketing.While some games start as singular successes, it is much more common for games to succeed as a part of a larger collection or franchise. Examples like PokemonGo are a rarity, and it is important to note that most one-off hits come from existing entertainment franchises. To ensure the success of a game, it is best to develop and release a series of similar titles under the same developer. In doing so, anytime a player enjoys one of your games, there is another waiting for them to try.“For rapid-launch games, the calculation is much simpler,” Nikolayev says. “We do not utilize paid marketing here and rely exclusively on our own cross-promotion network.” Brands looking to expand offerings in 2017 would benefit from a similar strategy.Related: This Entrepreneur Quit His Job to Start a Company — Any Company — After He Held an iPhone for the First Time. Now His Weight Loss App Has 30 Million Users.Whether you are a developer, marketer, gaming entrepreneur or something in between, these strategies will help you launch more successful brands in 2017. Focus on your audience, their unique needs and what kind of games will keep them engaged. Develop games with their revenue potential in mind, and you are more likely to create sustainable titles that deliver value in the long term. Always consider to how your existing users can inform the development process to ensure future games are just as successful. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 17, 2017 5 min read Register Now »