St Eunan’s NS open garden and orchard in memory of former pupil

first_imgThe pupils of St Eunan’s NS have paid tribute to much-loved former pupil Ava Feehily Harrington with the opening of an orchard in the school grounds.A sensory garden has also been opened to provide an exciting new space for the Laghey children to explore and learn.A special event was held in St Eunan’s NS on Wednesday to celebrate the wonderfully landscaped new facilities. Official Opening of St Eunan’s NS new sensory garden and ‘Ava’s Orchard’The children decided to name the orchard “Ava’s Orchard” after Ava Feehily Harrington, a former pupil who sadly passed away last year. “It will serve as a beautiful memory and tribute to a fantastic girl who is dearly missed by everybody in our school,” said a school spokesperson.Parents and members of the community established a path through the orchard which leads down to “Fairyville”; a magical seating area for children to enjoy the outdoors and to view nature. The orchard consists of apple, pear and plum trees and many fruit bushes like black currant, gooseberry and raspberry. The children planted 100 native Irish trees and daffodil bulbs on the opening day which will brighten up the area in springtime.At the back of the school is a new sensory garden which consists of sensory boards, percussion music stations, a wildflower garden, a bug hotel, bird boxes and feeders, a weather station, a small world play area, sandpit, hopscotch, fairy doors, fraction wall and a garden shed. The main feature is a roofed structure with three raised planter beds.New sensory garden at St Eunan’s NSParents and members of the community worked tirelessly since the beginning of the year to create this fantastic resource. Children will be able to use it every day during break and lunch time as it is an extension of the playground.A spokesperson said: “We would like to thank the Donegal County Council who provided a grant and to all local businesses who donated equipment, services and materials. It is sincerely appreciated and it will provide an exciting, interactive learning space for children in St. Eunan’s National School, Laghey for many years to come.” St Eunan’s NS open garden and orchard in memory of former pupil was last modified: November 16th, 2018 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:orchardSensory GardenSt Eunans NSlast_img read more

Visual Cloud and Remote Workstations in the Enterprise

first_imgFrom video streaming to remote workstations, more content is being delivered via cloud computing every day. Data centers everywhere are dealing with a flood of video traffic, and many enterprises are also dealing with the computing demands of complex design applications and massive data sets that are used by employees and contractors scattered around the world.For design and content creation companies to remain competitive in today’s global business climate, they need to employ technologies that help technical employees and contractors collaborate to solve complex and interconnected design problems. Their designers, sales people, customers, contractors and others involved in the design process need access to design information and tools – anywhere and anytime, and the enterprise needs to safeguard its valuable intellectual property. The enterprise is therefore faced with finding ways to securely share data models and content over a widely distributed workforce without breaking the bank.Enabling the Global Design WorkforceSecuring access to complex and sensitive design models and content, quickly and easily providing access to a highly distributed workforce and ecosystem and providing an excellent user experience to that workforce are the collaboration challenges faced by the IT organizations at design firms.However, there’s a simple solution to these challenges. Cloud-hosted remote workstations allow engineers to use demanding 3D graphics applications from virtually anywhere in the world, with all data and applications hosted on servers based on Intel Xeon processors in a secure data center. Employees can safely collaborate with external contractors while avoiding sending designs from computer-to-computer and protecting enterprise intellectual property.Remote users can also work from the same data set, with no need for high-volume data transfers. This allows the enterprise to deliver fast and clear graphics running on a dense, cost-effective infrastructure.New Architectures and EcosystemsTo support the demands of remote workstations, new solutions and partnerships are absolutely necessary.The Intel Xeon processor E3-1500 v5Opens in a new window product family offers hardware-enhanced integrated graphics capabilities that are optimized for remote application delivery workloads. These integrated graphics solutions cost-effectively accelerate video and enable secure, remote delivery of applications by combining the performance of Intel Xeon processors with integrated Iris Pro graphics.Intel-powered remote workstation solutions allow technical professionals and content creators to have greater access to key applications on their computing device(s) while securely collaborating with colleagues. For IT, these solutions provide centralized management, more provisioning control, and easier patching and updating of applications.The newly announced Intel Xeon processor E3-1500 v5 includes Intel Graphics Virtualization TechnologyOpens in a new window (Intel GVT) to address multiple customer use cases. These include direct assignment of a given GPU’s capabilities to a single user; the ability to allow multiple local or remote virtual machines to share access to a GPU; and the ability to share a GPU’s resources through multiple concurrent users in a time-slice scenario.Productivity and Progress: Central to the EnterpriseOrganizations can increase the security of enterprise information by centrally hosting critical applications and data and avoiding delivering valuable visual content to contractors. The enterprise can also avoid provisioning powerful workstations to users who need infrequent access to graphic-intensive applications, such as salespeople who only occasionally need to provide design input.Intel works with a partner ecosystem to enhance the delivery and minimize the complexity of high-performance remote workstations within the enterprise. For example, the enterprise can turn to VMware Horizon 7Opens in a new window to deliver virtual or hosted desktops or Citrix XenAppOpens in a new window and XenDesktop to deliver secure virtual apps and desktops.Adopting secure remote workstations allows the enterprise to deliver once out-of-reach workstation performance and visual content to designers, engineers, media creators, and other professionals. This enables major leaps in collaboration and productivity, further empowering each employee to drive progress for the enterprise.last_img read more

Analysis: Senator’s attack on ‘cheerleading’ study obscures government’s role in training scientists

first_imgSenator Jeff Flake (R–AZ) says that the National Science Foundation (NSF) frittered away $1.1 million on an academic study of cheerleaders. But about the only thing that’s actually true in that previous sentence is the senator’s name.This past Tuesday Flake released an 85-page report entitled Twenty Questions: Government studies that will leave you scratching your head. The report, which pokes fun at 20 studies funded by NSF, the National Institutes of Health, and other agencies, is the latest in a barrage of attacks from Republicans in Congress against individual federal grants.Flake hopes the report will bolster his argument that federal agencies need “to make better decisions about how science money is spent.” Speaking to reporters covering the Capitol Hill rollout of the report, Flake wondered aloud: “Explain why, when we need research done—when we need a vaccine for Ebola or Zika—why are we spending money on cheerleaders?”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) The fact is, NSF didn’t actually spend a million bucks to find out, as Flake put it, “Are cheerleaders more attractive in a squad?” (For more detail on the study and the grant, see below).More importantly, perhaps, how NSF did spend the money illustrates an important point often lost in the sometimes highly partisan debates over government research spending: Most of those dollars go to educate the next generation of scientists. These students are trained in many disciplines and work on a wide array of projects—some of which might sound dubious to politicians. After graduation they use their knowledge to bolster the U.S. economy, improve public health, protect the nation from its enemies, and maintain U.S. global leadership in science. In short, while politicians focus on whether the government’s investment could lead to an economic blockbuster—a shot in the dark when it comes to basic research—a surer bet is that it will create more scientifically trained workers.No cheerleaders in sightHere’s the skinny on the paper and grant that Flake attacked. Edward Vul is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California (UC), San Diego, and the corresponding author of the paper. He’s also one of four co–principal investigators on the 2012 NSF grant that was aimed at developing “provably safe automotive cyber-physical systems (CPS).” In other words, Vul’s research is aimed at making self-driving cars safer by keeping humans in the loop.Part of Vul’s research involves finding ways to anticipate driver errors—“so that the control system knows when to take over,” he says. His model of their behavior suggests that drivers “distort individual elements of a scene toward the average of all the elements in that scene.”What does that have to do with cheerleaders? Vul explains that if his model “is a general description of perception, then it would predict that faces should appear more attractive in a group. … We called it the cheerleader effect.”The phrase comes from an episode of a popular television series, How I Met Your Mother, in which the main character opines on his dating experience. “The cheerleader effect is when a group of women seems hot, but only as a group,” says the character Barney Stinson, played by Neil Patrick Harris. “Just like with cheerleaders. They seem hot, but take each one individually: sled dogs.”Vul wanted to test that idea before he joined researchers from UC Berkeley in submitting the CPS grant proposal to NSF. So he had a graduate student, Drew Walker, ask UC San Diego undergraduates to rate the attractiveness of hundreds of individuals, men and women, pictured both on their own and in a group. (In case you’re wondering, none was a cheerleader.)For the record, Vul and Walker found a small effect—“enough to bump someone from the 49th to the 51st percentile of attractiveness,” they explain in an October 2013 UC San Diego press release announcing publication of the results in the Association for Psychological Science’s online journal. The word “cheerleader” isn’t part of the title of the paper, but it appears in the first line of the abstract. So it’s no surprise it received considerable media coverage.Students firstNearly 3 years later, the paper also caught the attention of Flake’s staff because it was listed as one of the research products of the 2012 NSF grant. In reality, however, Vul says Walker, the graduate student, never worked on the CPS grant, for which Vul received $120,000 over 3 years. (The rest of the grant went to teams at UC Berkeley.)How the NSF money was actually spent arguably belies Flake’s suggestion of wasted federal dollars. More importantly, it shows that most federal research dollars actually support people, both the senior scientist on the grant and those working in his or her lab.The “cheerleader” study cost the government about $4000, Vul estimates, the cost of conducting an experiment with human subjects and the computing time needed to analyze the results. He also drew a summer salary—$29,000 over 3 years—from the CPS grant.The lion’s share—71%—of the grant helped to pay the salaries of two of his postdocs, Vul notes. And one of those postdocs, he points out, is now working for a company that has a contract with the U.S. Navy to improve human interfaces with submarines and underwater autonomous vehicles. That’s likely something that many members of Congress would cheer.Vul does not currently have an NSF grant, but his lab is continuing to study how people perceive similarities in their environment. That work is being supported by Google, which has made a huge investment in self-driving cars.Vul says he didn’t mind the barrage of media requests he fielded this week after Flake released his report. And he says he doesn’t regret using the eye-catching phrase in the 2013 study. “It makes it more likely that the media will notice it, and it helps the public understand what we did,” Vul says. “But I guess you also have to pay a price.”Trivial investigation?Of course, Flake and his staff could have learned many of these details by asking Vul (they didn’t), or the leaders of any of the 20 projects that he labels examples of “trivial, unnecessary, or duplicative experiments.” And he could have gotten the bigger picture by attending a hearing by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held the day after his 10 May press conference. The hearing focused on ways to improve the payoff of federally funded research, and lawmakers from both parties and witnesses agreed that perhaps the biggest benefit of such research is the skilled scientific workforce it creates.“Government funds basic research, and it also produces the talent that industry needs to take these ideas and turn them into commercial products,” explained Jeannette Wing, corporate vice president for research at Microsoft and head of the company’s basic research labs. And a dearth of talent limits Microsoft’s ability to innovate, Wing said in response to a question from the committee’s chairman, Senator John Thune (R–SD). “We face a huge demand and a limited supply of people to fill those jobs,” she said.One small footnote: Vul notes that his second postdoc supported by the CPS grant has taken a faculty position in India because U.S. visa rules require him to go back to his home country for a few years before trying to settle permanently in the United States.Witnesses at the Senate hearing said that federal immigration and tax policies need to be changed to make it easier for such U.S-trained foreign scientists to stay in the country if they wish after earning their degrees. For Flake, advocating for such changes might be a better way to help federal research agencies get the biggest bang for their bucks than his current efforts to ferret out bogus examples of wasteful spending.last_img read more

Randomizing the news for science, transplanting genetically engineered skin, and the ethics of experimental brain implants

first_img This week we hear stories on what to do with experimental brain implants after a study is over, how gene therapy gave a second skin to a boy with a rare epidermal disease, and how bone markings thought to be evidence for early hominid tool use may have been crocodile bites instead, with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic.Sarah Crespi interviews Gary King about his new experiment to bring fresh data to the age-old question of how the news media influences the public. Are journalists setting the agenda or following the crowd? How can you know if a news story makes a ripple in a sea of online information? In a powerful study, King’s group was able to publish randomized stories on 48 small and medium sized news sites in the United States and then track the results. Listen to previous podcasts.[Image: Chad Sparkes/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook] Chad Sparkes/Flickr last_img read more

Cong govt responsible for hampering Manipurs development:

first_imgSinghImphal, Feb 23 (PTI) Union minister Jitendra Singh today held the Okram Ibobi Singh-led Congress government in Manipur responsible for hampering the states development.Addressing a series of election meetings at Kumbi and Ningthoukhong near here, Singh said the people of Manipur have suffered continuous stagnation, exploitation and corruption for a decade-and-a-half.”But, in the last two-and-a-half years, after the Narendra Modi government took over at the Centre, the people of the state have begun to realise how they are being constantly deprived of the benefits of good governance and healthy development,” he said.Singh, the Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), accused the Okram Ibobi Singh government of stalling major initiatives from the Centre in the last two-and-a-half years.He said that soon after the formation of the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the setting up of a Sports University in Manipur, so that the natural talent of the youths of the state for athletics and sports could be groomed in a more institutionalised manner.However, in spite of two years of regular and rigorous follow up, the state government did not provide land for acquisition to the Union government simply because it did not want the youth of the state to get the benefit of the Modi reforms, the minister alleged.Highlighting the special impetus given to the growth of developmental activities by the DoNER during the last two years, Singh cited figures to state that while the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) funding was only about Rs 45 crore in 2012-13 before the Modi government came in, in 2014-15, soon after the formation of the government under Prime Minister Modi, the same fund was instantly raised to Rs 115 crore.advertisementSimilarly, he said, North Eastern Council (NEC) funding for Manipur for 2013-14, before the Modi Government came in, was Rs 85 crore, while in 2015-16, it went up to Rs 154 crore. PTI ACB SMNlast_img read more


first_img aAIDEN CARLINLORRAINE TAYLORMCGUINNESS CALLS FOR RELEASE OF DERRY REPUBLICAN TONY TAYLOR ShareTweet “And I made it clear that, in the absence of due process, he should be released immediately.”MCGUINNESS CALLS FOR RELEASE OF DERRY REPUBLICAN TONY TAYLOR was last modified: October 14th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:center_img Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Martin McGuinness with Tony Taylor’s wife Lorraine and solicitor Aiden CarlinSINN Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has repeated his call for the release of Derry man Tony Taylor.He was sent back to jail last year on the orders of the then Secretary of State Theresa Villiers for alleged breaches of his early release licence.Campaigners have called for his case to be heard in front of a judge so the alleged breaches can be examined in detail.Mr McGuinness said: “During my meeting with British Secretary of State James Brokenshire I repeated Sinn Féin’s call for the release of Derry man Tony Taylor.“Tony Taylor was sent to prison on the word of the James Brokenshire’s predecessor without bringing forward any evidence.“I raised this directly with James Brokenshire today and told him the continued detention of Tony Taylor is unacceptable.last_img read more