During his first official visit to Glenveagh National Park on Thursday, Minister of State Michael Ring confirmed funding of €250,000 in capital investment for Glenveagh National Park and wildlife reserves.Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh said, “I am delighted with Minister Ring’s announcement today of funding for Glenveagh National Park, which is part of the Department’s Capital Programme for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and is aimed at priority capital projects identified within the country’s six National Parks and 80 statutory Nature Reserves.“Over €160,000 has been allocated to upgrading works, which include bridge and road repairs as well as upgrading of waste water facilities, with a further €80,000 being allocated for the control of invasive species. This is fantastic news for Glenveagh National Park.” Glenveagh is a key signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way, the second largest of six National Parks, and the only National Park in Ulster.“289,000 tourists visited Donegal last year and spent over €83million, according to figures compiled by Fáilte Ireland’s Survey of Overseas Travellers for 2015, not taking into account local visitors. The list shows that Donegal received the eighth most number of tourists in the entire country, with many of these using the walkway and cycle tracks throughout the County, with many visiting Glenveagh’s Park.“Donegal Airport was recently voted among the World’s Top Ten most scenic Airports in the World, the Sliabh Liag Cliffs were voted “Most Impressive Site to Visit” by customers of CIE Tours International, along with our Lighthouses in Fanad Head and St. John’s Point receiving International recognition. As well as opportunities such as Star Wars filming coming to Malin Head earlier this year, and the recent Royal Visit by Prince Charles and Camilla to various parts of the County including Glenveagh Castle, Donegal has a huge amount to offer our visitors.“I wish to commend staff members at Glenveagh National Park for their interest and commitment to our environment and to preserving our natural wildlife and driving tourism to the park. I wish to also acknowledge the wonderful work going on in the Glenveagh Bridge House Education Centre, which I had the pleasure of officially opening in 2014, and the ongoing dedication evident here, in making the teaching of science and nature more attractive to our young people.” Glenveagh National Park to receive €250,000 in funding was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Congress moved forward with a FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that would fund government through the end of this fiscal year and bring the U.S. into compliance with the World Trade Organization on Country of Origin Labeling.The congressional omnibus spending and tax extender bills will benefit agriculture greatly if passed, the American Farm Bureau said. Farm Bureau said the bills would provide relief to America’s farmers and ranchers, but is disappointed that Congress failed to stop the Waters of the U.S. rule.“This tax extender package gives farmers and ranchers critical tools to help them reinvest in their businesses,” said Bob Stallman, AFBF president. “Tax provisions like Section 179 small business expensing and bonus deprecation free up cash flow for farmers and ranchers to put their money to work. New provisions will let our members make important upgrades that reduce costs, increase efficiency and help make their businesses sustainable for generations to come.”A provision to stop the EPA’s unlawful Waters of the U.S. rule was surprisingly missing from the package, as was language that would have set a nationwide standard for labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients. Congress’s failure to act will bring the heavy cost of a patchwork of state labeling mandates to farmers and consumers as early as next month.“We are truly disappointed that Congress did not include legislation to stop implementation of WOTUS,” Stallman said. “The courts have already expressed serious legal concerns about the rule, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office has concluded that EPA broke the law with its covert propaganda campaign to drum up ill-informed support for it. We remain committed to working with Congress to stop EPA and help America’s landowners, businesses and state and local governments avoid years in court to overturn the rule. This measure undeniably resulted from an illegal and deceptive process. Defeating WOTUS remains a priority of Farm Bureau. We will explore all avenues to ditch the rule.”AFBF also supports omnibus provisions to repeal of country-of-origin labeling requirements, which would effectively prevent Canada and Mexico from initiating retaliatory actions.“Farm Bureau supports COOL programs that are in line with world trade rules,” Stallman said. “Current COOL programs, unfortunately, risk serious retaliation by Canada and Mexico now that the World Trade Organization has approved more than $1 billion in tariffs against American beef, pork and other U.S. commodities if COOL is not changed.”
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Apple and Google have been playing the numbers game about iOS and Android for years. Apple had the headstart, of course, but Android first caught on the number of smartphones that it ships and activates every day. Apple maintained its lead when it comes to sheer volume of apps in its App Store vs Android ‘s Google Play until October 2011.And it now looks like Google Play will be the first application repository to hit the million-app benchmark, months ahead of Apple.On Monday, Apple announced that it had reached 40 billion downloads and 775,000 total apps in the iOS App Store. Taken with previous data from Apple, ReadWrite extrapolated that the App Store has been growing by about 641 apps per day – or 19,230 apps per 30 days. If we assume those rates are constant, then Apple will need 11.7 months for its developer ecosystem to push out another 225,000 apps to reach the million milestone. (Of course, if the growth rate changes, that time fram could change – in either direction.) Either way, look for the iOS App Store to hit a million apps in the second half of 2013, most likely toward the end of the third quarter or the beginning into the fourth quarter. On the other hand, the Android ecosystem has been growing even faster. Between September and October 2012, it grew by about 25,000 apps. If we assume that growth rate as constant, then Google Play should already be slightly ahead of 775,000 apps by now – and accelerating at a faster rate than the App Store. Through all of 2012, Google Play added about 350,000 apps to its Android ecosystem. In comparison, Apple added 225,000 apps to the App Store between Jan. 2012 and Jan. 2013. That is actually below the amount of apps the App Store gained in 2011, which has been estimated at 250,668. On its current trajectory, assuming linear growth, Google Play should hit the million app mark by June 2013. (That estimate was first made by technology blog The Sociable last week. The Sociable’s co-editor Darren McCarra estimates there are nearly 800,000 Android apps in Google Play and thinks it will hit 900,000 by April, and then a million by June.)Without firm numbers from Google, though, it is hard to know the exact growth rate of Android apps over the last few months. So, we asked the number crunchers from Boston-based mobile analytics company Localytics whether The Sociable’s numbers were reasonable. “Yes, the June prediction makes sense. I looked at the growth we’ve seen in the second half of 2012 in Android apps, applied it to the 700,000 in October number, and came up with June as the one million crossover month,” said Daniel Ruby, Localytics co-founder and director of online marketing.For both iOS and Android, we are applying reasonable guesses to the numbers available. There certainly could be fluctuations, especially if Android encounters the same type of declining growth rates that Apple experienced in its App Store between 2011 and 2012. But if the numbers remain on course, Google Play will certainly hit the seven-figure milestone before the App Store does.“Now, this assumes a lot – I assumed linear monthly growth in the first half of 2013 at a rate of the average monthly growth in Q3 and Q4 2012. But my numbers do imply that June is an appropriate target for Google Play to pass one million apps,” Ruby said. In December 2011, Google chairman Eric Schmidt famously said in an interview at LeWeb Paris that developer interest in Android would exceed that of iOS within six months. That prognostication proved to be false, but Schmidt may be able to claim delayed validation a year later – if Google Play is indeed the first to crack the million app mark. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#iOS dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
Mahendra Singh Dhoni winning the Spirit of Cricket trophy was the lone highlight for India at the ICC Annual Awards where English cricketers walked away with the top honours in a glittering ceremony in London.Dhoni was chosen for the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for his fine gesture of recalling Ian Bell after the England batsman was run out under controversial circumstances during the second Test at Trent Bridge in July.Sachin Tendulkar, who was named Cricketer of the Year in 2010 when the awards function was held in Bangalore, missed out this time as England’s Jonathan Trott won the top award.Trott beat competition from his team-mate Alastair Cook and South Africa’s Hashim Amla, besides Tendulkar. India’s opening batsman Gautam Gambhir also missed out the ODI Player of the Year Award which was won by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara.Another England player Alastair Cook won the Test Cricketer of the Year Award for his superb form in the longest format of the game in the past 12 months.Dhoni turned out to be the lone Indian to win an ICC award this year. Despite being wrapped up in an intense and difficult Test series in England, Dhoni showed the right spirit in agreeing to allow Bell to continue batting when he was run out.On what was the last ball before tea on the third day, Bell hit the ball towards the boundary. He mistakenly thought it had gone for four, left his crease and headed towards the pavilion assuming the session was over and the ball dead. The ball, which had not reached the rope and therefore was still in play, was returned to the middle, the bails removed and Bell was correctly given run out. .advertisementUpon reflection during the tea interval and following a request from the England team, Dhoni withdrew the appeal and recalled Bell thus turning boos into cheers from the appreciative Nottingham crowd.Commenting on Dhoni’s gesture, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said, “While the initial appeal and umpire decision were correct to the letter of the law, the decision by Mahendra and his team to withdraw the appeal shows great maturity. To see players and officials uphold the Great Spirit of cricket, which has underpinned the game for more than a century, is very special.”Dhoni’s gesture was voted as the winner ahead of that of South Africa’s Jacques Kallis, who twice demonstrated such spirit during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 by walking once he had clarified with opposition fielders directly that they had caught the ball cleanly rather than waiting for the umpires to decide.This award is voted by the members of the Emirates Elite Panels of ICC Match Referees and Umpires.Trott, on the other hand, had an extraordinary 12 months as a batsman. In 12 Tests, he compiled 1,042 runs at an average of 65.12, including four centuries and three half-centuries. In addition, he played 24 ODIs, hitting 1,064 runs at an average of 48.36 with two centuries and nine 50s.In that time he has helped his team retain the Ashes in Australia, reach the quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and also register other Test series victories against Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan.Trott follows in the footsteps of India’s Rahul Dravid (2004), Andrew Flintoff of England and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis (joint winners in 2005), Ricky Ponting of Australia (2006 and 2007), West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2008), Mitchell Johnson of Australia (2009) and Tendulkar (2010) to take the top award.Trott accepted the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy from ICC President Sharad Pawar at the ceremony.His teammate Cook played 12 Tests and in 18 innings, he compiled 1,302 runs at an average of 51.74, including six centuries and four half-centuries. His highest score of 235 not out against Australia at Brisbane helped his team towards series victory as it won the Ashes away from home for the first time since the 1986-87 season.The independent voting academy of 25 highly credentialed cricket experts put Cook first, ahead of an impressive group of players that had been short-listed, including England team-mates Jonathan Trott and James Anderson, as well as Jacques Kallis of South Africa, who previously won this award in 2005.Sangakkara had a superb year of ODI cricket. During the performance period, he played 25 ODIs and compiled 1,049 runs at an average of 55.21, including one century and seven half-centuries.As wicketkeeper, he also took 36 victims comprising 26 catches and 10 stumpings. Despite that busy workload, he still managed to lead his country to the ICC Cricket World Cup final in Mumbai where they lost narrowly to home team India.He beat competition from Australia’s Shane Watson, and South Africa’s Hashim Amla, besides that of Gambhir.advertisementSangakkara also became the second-ever recipient of the LG People’s Choice Award. Sangakkara was voted to the award by the general public and beat off strong competition for the award from South Africa’s Hashim Amla, England’s Jonathan Trott, West Indies’ Chris Gayle and Dhoni. .The award, which was introduced last year at the LG ICC Awards in Bangalore, was chosen by cricket fans around the world who, over the course of four weeks had the opportunity to vote for their favourite player.The cricketers were selected on the basis of some really innovative parameters, in sync with the values that embody brand LG, by a five-man ICC selection panel chaired by former West Indies captain and current chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee Clive Lloyd.The values by which the winner was judged include innovation, dynamism, strength in decision-making, performing well under pressure and executing a plan to distinction. The winner of this award should demonstrate an ability to engage spectators and should also embody the game’s unique spirit, both on and off the field.Up-and-coming West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was named as the Emerging Player of the Year 2011.The 25-year-old, who played in five Test matches in the voting period and took 21 wickets with an average of 35.42, has made an impact within the West Indies side with his attacking approach that yields considerable turn and bounce.He also played in 11 ODIs, bagging 19 wickets at an average of 21.57. Bishoo was the top choice of the 25-person voting academy, coming in ahead of team-mate Darren Bravo, and Pakistan pair of Wahab Riaz and Azhar Ali.Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate has become the ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year for the second successive year.The voting academy chose ten Doeschate over other top Associate and Affiliate players including Afghanistan?s Hamid Hassan and the Ireland duo of Paul Stirling and Kevin O?Brien.It is the third time ten Doeschate has claimed the award, the first time he picked up the title was in 2008 while he also won the award last year. .The 31-year-old Essex player scored both his ODI centuries during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, the first against England in Nagpur and the second against fellow Associate side Ireland in Kolkata.The Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year award serves to recognise and reward the efforts in all international matches of the outstanding cricketers from the teams outside the ICC Full Members.New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee was chosen for the ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year in recognition of his five wickets for 18 runs against Pakistan last year.On December 26, 2010, during the Black Caps’ Twenty20 International match against Pakistan in Auckland, Southee ripped through the Pakistani top order in a performance that saw him take 5-18 in his four overs including one maiden. He also claimed a catch to dismiss the then Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and the side went on to win the game by five wickets.advertisementHe beat competition from England’s Tim Bresnan (four wickets for three runs against Pakistan in Cardiff in September 2010); South Africa’s JP Duminy (96 not out in 54 balls against Zimbabwe in Kimberley on October 10, 2010) and Australia’s Shane Watson (59 runs in 31 balls against England in Adelaide January 12, 2011).West Indies all-rounder Stafanie Taylor won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year Award. .During the voting period Taylor played 10 ODIs for the West Indies scoring 610 runs at the top of the order at an average of 76.25, while the off-spinner also claimed 15 wickets. She also scored 49 runs and took five wickets in Twenty20 Internationals in the period.The 20-year-old took the accolade ahead of England duo Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway and last year’s winner of the title, Australia’s Shelley Nitschke.Pakistan’s Aleem Dar won the David Shepherd Trophy for third time after being named ICC Umpire of the Year.43-year-old Dar was voted to this award by the 10 Full Member captains as well as the eight-man Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, based on his decision statistics and officiating skills over the past 12 months.It is the third year in a row that he has received the ICC award which was renamed last year after the late England umpire David Shepherd.Dar beat off strong competition from his colleagues on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires Steve Davis, Ian Gould and five-time ICC Umpire of the Year Simon Taufel.Dar, who made his international debut as an umpire in 2000, joined the Emirates Elite Panel in 2004. In the voting period of these awards, Dar stood in five Tests and 13 ODIs.He stood in the ICC Cricket World Cup in the India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, where he was an on-field umpire in eight of the matches, including the final between India and Sri Lanka.Based on the period between August 11, 2010 and August 3, 2011, the LG ICC Awards 2011 — presented in association with FICA — take into account performances by players and officials in a remarkable period for the game.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus move for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luisby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are moving for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis.It emerged this week that Luis and Atletico have agreed this will be his last season in Madrid.After having a summer move to PSG blocked, Luis has been left frustrated over his treatment by Atletico’s management.Tuttosport says Juve have been watching developments closely and are ready to take Luis on a free transfer next summer.The Bianconeri see the Brazilian as a potential replacement for Alex Sandro.
ICAP plc, a leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services, announces that the 23rd annual global Charity Day will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.On this day, 100% of ICAP’s revenues and commissions generated globally will be donated to more than 200 charities worldwide.Since Charity Day was launched in December 1993, ICAP has raised more than $189 million for 1,800 charities worldwide. In 2014 alone, $12.5 million was raised by ICAP’s 60 plus offices, for 200 charitable projects. This is equivalent to 3% of ICAP’s full year pre-tax profit for 2014/2015.This year, Charity Day will again be raising funds for another 200 charities globally, of which approximately 50 are supported from the US effort. On the day, many of these charities will be joined by their celebrity patrons who will speak directly to ICAP’s customers on the phone to close deals, boosting trading volumes in the process.For 2015, Hope for a Healthier Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, ALS Association, and United Way are some of the charities supported in the US by ICAP. In the past, Oprah Winfrey, President George W. Bush, Meryl Streep, Eli Manning, Daniel Craig and many other distinguished guests have attended to lend their support to ICAP and its charities.Michael Spencer, Group Chief Executive Officer of ICAP, said: “This year is ICAP’s 23rd annual Charity Day. From our modest beginnings in 1993 when we had 100 employees, this event has grown to become a truly global fundraising event, of which we are extremely proud. This year, we will be supporting a further 200 extraordinary charities, all of whom are in need of funds to develop vital, life-changing projects which will make a difference to thousands of lives. We are dedicated to raising as much as we can for our charities on December 9 and are extremely grateful to our employees, customers and suppliers for their ongoing and generous support. Together we will all give 100%.”
OMDC Film Fund – Development GuidelinesOMDC Film Fund – Development BudgetOMDC Film Fund – Production GuidelinesSchedule of Minimum Commitment of Ontario Expenditures OMDC Film Fund – Applicant Production Company StatementApplication Form/Online Application Portal Login/Register With: Funding AvailableDevelopment : provides funding in the form of an interest-free loan of up to $25,000 for the final development stage.Production : provides funding in the form of a repayable advance of up to $400,000 on a last-in basis to complete the financing of a feature film.NOTE: Full eligibility requirements can be found in OMDC Film Fund Production Guidelines and OMDC Film Fund Development Guidelines. Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application. OMDC reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms. Please ensure that you have the current versions before preparing your documentation.Application Process All applications must be submitted via the OMDC Online Application Portal (OAP). Applications submitted by any other method will not be accepted.Prior to starting an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP. If you do not have a user account on OAP, please go to https://apply.omdc.on.ca and click on “Register”.If your company is registered, the OMDC Film Fund program deadline will appear in your dashboard. To start the application, click on “Start new application” and follow the onscreen directions to access the application form.Applicants are strongly encouraged to start the application process well in advance of the deadline in case technical support is required. There is flexibility for completing the application form – you may start at any time and save information as it is entered, and can go back to edit and/or add information up until the time the application is actually submitted.If you encounter problems setting up your company’s corporate information, you can email [email protected] for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP. Information sessions EnquiriesProgram Coordinator, Industry InitiativesPhone: [email protected] regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to [email protected] receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please email [email protected] with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in. Date:TBD LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Time:10:00 am – 12:00 pm Date:Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Information Session 2 – REGISTRATION REQUIRED Facebook Advertisement Location:Conference Centre, Main Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming OMDC Film Fund Information Sessions. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm on the day prior to the Information Session. Unregistered guests will only be accepted if space permits.Information Session 1 – REGISTRATION REQUIRED Date:Thursday, August 18, 2016 Location:Conference Centre, Main Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto. *Note: Access to this information session is limited. Priority will be given to persons with accessibility challenges, and registrants outside of the GTA. Online information session participants will receive an invitation via email with a link and password to login and will be able to call in via conference call during the session.If you are interested in attending an Ontario Media Development Corporation Information Session but require it be conducted in French please send a request to [email protected] by July 15, 2016 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.If you are interested in attending an OMDC Information Session and have additional accessibility issues that need to be considered, please contact us as above.Guidelines and Application Forms: Webinar* REGISTRATION REQUIRED Advertisement Time:TBD Advertisement Time:2:00 pm – 4:00 pm The OMDC Film Fund is intended to increase the level of domestic feature film production in Ontario. It provides support to Ontario producers for feature film projects in the final stages of development and production financing.The OMDC Film Fund consists of two components: Development and ProductionDeadline:October 3, 2016 (by 5:00 pm) Twitter
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter OTTAWA – The Canadian Folk Music Awards weekend takes place in Ottawa, Ontario on November 18 and 19, 2017 at the Bronson Centre. With a different weekend format this year, the awards weekend ensures even more music, and we are happy to unveil the line-up for each open-to-the-public evening, including some spectacular performers. Tickets and wristbands are now on sale online at folkawards.ca/tickets and can also be purchased at The Record Centre (1099 Wellington St. W, Ottawa) or Compact Music (785 & 206 Bank Street, Ottawa.).On Saturday, November 18, 2017, audiences will be treated to performances by:MAZ, Twin Flames, Beyond The Pale, BEYRIES, Kobo Town and Danny Michel.The awards for Children’s Album of the Year, Contemporary Singer of the Year, Solo Artist of the Year, Songwriters of the Year (French, English and Aboriginal), Producer of the Year, the Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundaries Award and World Group of the Year will be presented throughout this evening. Gerry Strong, the recipient of the 2017 Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award will also be honoured this evening..On Sunday, November 19, 2017, audiences will enjoy performances by:Cassie & Maggie, Braden Gates, Coco Méliès, Scott MacMillan & Colin Grant, Oh Susanna and Stephen Fearing..The awards for Young Performer of the Year, New/Emerging Artist of the Year, Instrumental (Solo Artist and Group) of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, World Solo Album of the Year, Traditional (Album & Singer) of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Ensemble of the Year will be presented during this evening.. Login/Register With: We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement
APTN National NewsIGLOOLIK — Local RCMP have shot and killed a man at his residence in Igloolik, Nunavut.RCMP have said in a statement that they were “checking the well-being” of a man at his home when he advanced toward officers wielding a weapon and uttering threats. During the confrontation, he was shot by an RCMP officer, and later died of his injuries at the local health centre.The nature of the weapon the man was holding is unclear.RCMP said that an investigation will be launched into the incident, and that the Major Crimes Unit is en route from Iqaluit to secure the scene. They also say that it is “too early at this point” to determine what set off the confrontation.An officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries at the scene.