Dinny McGingey TD confirmed as Junior Minister

first_imgNews Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest Facebook Twitter By News Highland – March 10, 2011 center_img Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Previous articleBuncrana Town Council to elect new MayorNext articleCuts to Ministers pay doesn’t go far enough – Deputy Doherty News Highland Google+ Twitter Pinterest Dinny McGingey TD confirmed as Junior Minister Donegal South West Deputy Dinny Mc Ginley has been formally named a Junior Minister today with specific responsibility for the Gaeltacht..Earlier the Arts, heritage and Gaeltacht Minister Jimmy Deenihan let slip that Deputy Mc Ginley would be appointed to his department.Minister Deenihan – who’s not a fluent Irish speaker, said that Deputy McGinley will be handling local issues in the Gaeltacht: Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powerslast_img read more

All-Star closer Blake Treinen wins arbitration case against A’s

first_imgBlake Treinen’s unprecedented 2018 campaign has garnered him a substantial pay raise through arbitration.The closer won his arbitration case against the A’s, rewarded with his desired salary of $6.4 million after the club had submitted a figure of $5.6 million.“Blake appreciates the arbitration panel’s decision and looks forward to helping the Oakland Athletics return to the postseason in 2019,” Treinen’s agent Adam Karon told Bay Area News Group.Treinen’s projected arbitration number was …last_img read more

What do bettors think of Raiders’ chances this season?

first_imgWhen you follow the money, it’s hard not to believe the Raiders are in for a long season.With the NFL season kicking off in just two days, we took one last look at what the oddsmakers and bettors think of our Bay Area teams.The good news for the Raiders is they’re the most heavily bet team to win the AFC West, according to both BetOnline.ag and Sportsbetting.ag. The not-so-good news is the money is flowing in because Oakland faces 16-1 odds to supplant the Chiefs as division winners.Perhaps …last_img read more

Plants Heal Humans and Vice Versa

first_imgFlowers in your hospital room do actually make you heal faster.  A study by Kansas State researchers reported by PhysOrg found that more patients recovered from abdominal surgery faster with flowers in the room.  It may be due to more than the psychological benefit of enjoying their colors, fragrances and the get-well wishes behind them: plants also moisten and clean the air of mold and germs.  Potted plants are more beneficial than cut flowers, the article said.  Patients also benefit from the positive activity of pruning and caring for their plants.    Once out of the hospital, you might want to keep it up.  PhysOrg also reported that gardening is a good way for older adults to stay fit.    Humans might be able to return the favor by donating a renewable resource to plants: their hair.  Another article on PhysOrg said that waste hair from barber shops and beauty salons can be packed into nutrient-rich cubes as fertilizer for crops.  It doesn’t help that much without other fertilizers but it works better than nothing.  Hair degrades into nutrients plants can use.Here’s a science project you can do at home.  Use an electric razor or brush over one potted plant; leave another as a control.  If the plant dies, it might not falsify the theory; it just might mean you use too many chemicals on your hair.  Your precocious kid could do a science project testing different hair colors or animal furs.    If this theory is right, we might get a nice symbiosis going with our house plants.  When you feed the plant your hair, it grows more vigorous, it cleans and humidifies the environment, making you healthier and thereby growing your hair faster.  It’s a win-win situation.  Love a potted plant today while you can; someday soon, you may be pushing daisies with more than just hair, or whatever is left of it.  Hair today, gone tomorrow.  We hope by then you will be doing fine in a better place (Warning: don’t assume!).(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Our (info)graphic, short history of the Industrial Internet of Things

first_img5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Tony Paine How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… [VIEW FULL INFOGRAPHIC HERE]The Internet of Things (IoT) is touted by many as the next industrial revolution. The IoT has become increasingly mainstream in recent years, and leading analyst firms predict that the next decade of continuous IoT development will spur global revenue growth of more than $2-3 trillion. Industry experts also agree that the industrial sector has the most to gain from this technological revolution, and that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will likely drive the lion share of overall IoT revenue growth.It has been a long road to today’s IIoT revolution, and while consumer innovation has played a large role, much of that road was paved with industrial sector innovation. As technology continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace, the future of IIoT is on the minds of investors and technology end users alike. But we can’t know where we’re going until we know where we’ve been, and to understand the future of the IIoT we must start way back in 1968.Humble beginningsDespite a hangover from the previous night’s New Year’s Eve festivities, engineer Richard (Dick) Morley drafted a memo on January 1, 1968 that ultimately led to the invention of the programmable logic controller (PLC). His creation, the Modicon, contributed greatly to General Motors’ manufacturing capabilities and significantly influenced the future of the automation industry.Dick was not the only one busy in 1968. With hopes of creating an “apparatus for generating and transmitting digital information,” American inventor and businessman Theodore G. Paraskevakos was working on the world’s first machine to machine (M2M) devices. Morley’s PLC and Paraskevakos’s M2M were the first baby steps taken on the long road to today’s IIoT.Laying the foundation for connectivityFast-forward to the 1980s and two critical IIoT milestones. The standardization of Ethernet connectivity in 1983 laid the groundwork to physically connect machines from different manufacturers. Six years later, Sir Tim Berners Lee, computer scientist at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, strengthened this multi-network management with the invention of a little thing called the World Wide Web. Lee conceived and developed the Web to meet the demand for automatic information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world.While the “web” was still in its infancy, the industrial sector set its sights on interoperable connectivity on the plant floor. A group of vendors assembled to address growing concerns, referred to as the “Device Driver Problem.” This group included a half dozen companies, including Fisher-Rosemount, Intellution, and Rockwell Software, among others. This was the first meeting of what we know today as the OPC Foundation.Connectivity, collaboration, and cooperationWhen these industrial solution vendors first convened, their human machine interface (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solutions were developed with proprietary communication protocols or driver libraries. As best-of-breed solutions emerged, and end user industrial operators began to build integrated architectures with solutions from multiple vendors, the need to enable communication across traditionally disparate machines became clear. Vendors had to either invest resources in developing application-level functionality or start creating more inclusive connections across solutions—including competitors’.Some vendors decided to create their own Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) or Driver Toolkits. Although this solved their own connectivity issues, it limited how end users could integrate additional solutions. Luckily, the market soon persuaded the vendors to collaborate and make changes that were in the end users’ best interests.The OPC Foundation forced many competing vendors to work together to solve connectivity problems perpetuated by proprietary communication protocols. The need for more interoperable solutions was further highlighted in 1995, as Microsoft Windows gained dominance of the plant floor. Windows 95 was the first Commercially Available off the Shelf (COTS) Operating System (OS) with plug-and-play capabilities to support easy integration with hardware, and it allowed users to interact with graphical units and controls similar to HMIs already being used in the factory. Windows 95/NT 4.0 were also more developer-friendly and cheaper than their Industrial Automation counterparts. As it became clear that Microsoft Windows was the ubiquitous OS to build around, all industrial software development began targeting Microsoft Windows as the platform of choice.The late 1990s also included major advancements in wireless M2M technology. Ethernet, then a quarter of a century old, emerged as the universal connectivity standard in industrial settings. Interface standards began to differentiate by industry—the DNP and IEC 61850 that now dominate the Power industry; BACnet in Building Automation; and additional standards like Profibus, CC-Link, HART, and more. Consortiums for each of these standards began to form. The industrial sector was rapidly evolving towards the IIoT that we know today.Taking IIoT to the massesWith a ubiquitous OS and Ethernet backbone in place, more and more industrial devices became connected. In 1999, Kevin Ashton, a British technology pioneer, continued the connectivity tone into the new millennium, coining the term “Internet of Things” to describe a system where the Internet is connected to the physical world via sensors. Connectivity was even made possible for legacy devices, a trend that would prove key in industrial settings, where equipment is expensive and considered a longer term investment.Perhaps the most significant IIoT milestone of the early 2000s was the advent and widespread adoption of cloud technologies. The introduction of Amazon Web Services in 2002 brought the cloud to the masses and forever changed the way enterprise and industrial architectures were built and utilized. Fourteen years later, the cloud and virtual machines are still presenting new opportunities for the IIoT.In the mid-2000s, as the consumer world acquired smartphones, the industrial world was getting smaller and more intelligent PLCs and Distributed Control Systems (DCSs). Hybrid controllers and Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) emerged, and legacy hardware evolved as battery and solar power became more reliable and economical. Manufacturers could power sensors across a distributed architecture, like an oil pipeline, to empower intelligence and connectivity at the farthest reaches of an organization. The combination of widespread power sources and connectivity with smart devices began to add meaningful context to industrial data.Data transforms into informationContext transformed data into information, and the industry turned again to the OPC Foundation to solve emerging challenges around communicating this contextual data. In 2006, the Foundation responded with OPC UA protocol that many rely on still today. The new OPC UA protocol was built on existing standards, but addressed the development of new technology and advancements. OPC UA decoupled the API from the wire and was designed to fit into Field Devices, Control Layer Applications, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications. Its generic information model supported primitive data types (such as integers, floating point values, and strings), binary structures (such as timers, counters, and PIDs), and XML documents. To this day, OPC UA delivers an interoperability standard that provides data access from the shop-floor to the top-floor.By 2010, machine and operational data began to yield real value, and more organizations sought to store and analyze their data over time. In response, the data historian market took off and sensor technology experienced significant price drops. This affordable and flexible intelligence and connectivity would bring many “brownfield” (pre-existing) industrial architectures into the IIoT age, as more and more legacy devices were bolstered with sensor intelligence and connectivity. Additionally, advances in personal computing and edge devices provided even more flexibility in organizations’ ability to access and analyze data from anywhere and at anytime. IT industry leaders, including Citrix and Intel, began openly discussing best practices for the growing bring your own device (BYOD) trend.IIoT today, tomorrow, and beyondOver the last six years, all the pieces have fallen into place to solidify a real and meaningful vision for the future of the IIoT. Robust industrial connectivity, advanced analytics, condition-based monitoring, predictive maintenance, machine learning, and augmented reality—these are the future of IIoT concepts, backed by viable technology that’s available today. Technology leaders—including GE, IBM, PTC, and many more—are betting on the future of the IIoT in a big way. Over the last two years, major investments in innovation and acquisitions have further refined these emerging IIoT platforms.It has been a long road since Richard Morley’s hangover-resilient idea for the PLC, but as more attention and resources are dedicated to the advancement of the IIoT, even bigger things are expected across wider markets. According to a recent business intelligence report, nearly $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years and businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions.With so much at stake, there will undoubtedly be major shifts in the industrial world. As rules change and technology develops, roles will evolve and business structures will adjust. For example, traditionally disparate operations technology and IT divisions are starting to collaborate and even merge. We hear about these roles shifts from our customers, and the increasing use of traditional IT standards—such as MQTT, WAMP, and XMPP—within the industrial sector are further evidence of this transformation. And as integrated, accessible data becomes the norm, data scientists who can interpret that data are increasingly moving into decision-making executive leadership roles.While it is difficult to predict exactly how the IIoT will evolve, it is clear that we are reaching a tipping point in this new industrial revolution. As more devices become connected and more data is created to feed into increasingly powerful analytics and artificial intelligence programs, there is seemingly no limit to the advances that can be made around the IIoT.center_img Related Posts Tags:#Citrix#GE#IBM#IIoT#Industrial Internet of Things#Internet of Things#IoT#PTC Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

National coach Wim Koevermans wants India to adopt possession football

first_imgNehru Cup is the only international football tournament hosted by India. But as its 15th edition gets underway, things do not look rosy for the hosts, who start the five-nation tournament as the lowest-ranked team.Though rankings may not always show a team’s real potential, the defending champions would have certainly liked to be better placed than its 168th position, India’s lowest ever in history.On his first assignment as national coach, Dutchman Wim Koevermans, however, does not want to give too much importance to rankings, and believes the process of instilling possession football should be maintained.”Why should I be bothered about rankings?” he said on Friday. “I have just started. We have to look to the future. So even if we lose a match, it does not mean we will change our style.”So, how far has Koevermans been successful in changing the team’s old style of relying on long and aerial passes? “It’s right on track. We have played together for the last two weeks and I am happy with the boys’ effort,” he said.Senior player Syed Rahim Nabi felt that a better perspective can be achieved when the team plays matches. “One cannot comment on a team’s style unless it plays a few games. We played one match in Bangalore and on Saturday we will be playing Pailan Arrows. Then we can better gauge where we are,” he said.The team shifted here on Thursday from Bangalore and had a two-hour training session at the Jaypee Greens ground on Friday. “This is the first time we are practising on natural grass. We have a friendly match tomorrow and in the rest of the three days we will be concentrating on the tactical aspect,” he said.advertisementCameroon and Syria are the two nations who may give India a tough time. When asked if he has planned any special strategy for them, Koevermans said: “We have seen videos of recent games. But they might change their way of playing. So we are focussed on ourselves.”The coach made a special mention about the youngsters in the team. “You will always have to look to the youngsters. There are seven in this squad who are from the u-22 team and are an enthusiastic lot,” Koevermans said.No top stars from CameroonIf fans are expecting the likes of Samuel Eto’o to don Cameroon colours at the Nehru Cup, there is disappointment in store as no top stars are likely to come to India. No European-based players are likely to arrive.”Cameroon will most likely bring home-based players,” an AIFF official said.last_img read more

It helps to be thick-skinned in Bollywood, says Alia Bhatt

first_imgAll of 21, she’s young and versatile unlike others of her generation. Even in terms of dealing with criticism Highway star Alia Bhatt has a mature approach. She says being “thick-skinned” comes in handy.”Criticism and appreciation should be welcome at all times. But it helps to be thick-skinned in the industry,” Alia told IANS over phone from Mumbai when asked how she reacts and handles situations when the audience gives extreme reactions to her work.The actress is very active on social networking platform Twitter, where she interacts with her 1.8 million followers.Nonchalant about the feedback she receives, Alia took to online instant messaging and video chat platform Google Hangout on the evening of July 25 to interact with her fans from Mumbai and Delhi to talk about beauty trends for the season as part of her association with make-up brand Maybelline New York.She found the idea to be “fun”.”We go to different cities all the time to promote our films, but having a virtual interaction via Hangout is different. Technology has made it fun and easy to interact with the audience for feedback on any product – whether it’s a film or a product – as they’re the ones we work for,” Alia said.The actress is very active on social networking platform Twitter, where she interacts with her 1.8 million followers.She is not on Facebook, but when asked if she has a team to manage her Twitter account, she was quick to clarify: “I don’t have a team. I manage the account on my own.”advertisementAlia admits “digital is a massive space” to explore, but she says “it’s important to not get lost in it”.”I feel there has to be a line that you draw between your life and the virtual world,” said the actress, who is the youngest daughter of acclaimed filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.After making an impressive debut with Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year, Alia has been surprising viewers and critics alike with wonderful performances movie after movie.If she played a brand-conscious, make-up laden and arrogant girl in her debut, Alia left a lasting impression with her powerful act in Highway as a city-slick girl who experiences a sense of freedom and gets a taste of reality only after being abducted.This was followed by her easy portrayal of the fun-loving, carefree and Tamilian girl-in-love with a Punjabi boy in 2 States. Alia has recently also amassed appreciation for Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania in which she has essayed the role of a fearless girl, who fights to live life her way.From ultra-glamorous to deglam and desi – Alia has sported different looks in each of her films, but she says “it’s too soon” for her to set “fashion trends”.Her association with showbiz notwithstanding, she says “girls have a right on make-up”, but she personally does not like to preach any style or fashion mantra.last_img read more

Japan demo shows electricity entering EV through tires

first_img Japanese scientists explore electric roads for EVs Their solution is in the form of a wireless power prototype that can successfully transmit electricity through the concrete block. They consider the prototype as an early step to improve on, and that such an approach can be used one day to keep electric vehicles on the move. Takashi Ohira, an electrical engineering professor at the Toyohashi University of Technology, who leads the team, has developed his electric field coupling system to supply a charge to a car through its tires. The goal is to enable power transmission as the vehicle’s tires travel along the road with suitable efficiency and power transfers.In the demo, a metal plate was placed along with a four-inch layer of concrete, representing the road surface. Electricity between 50 and 60 watts was transmitted to actual-size automobile tires. The demo also showed a light bulb, attached between the two demo car tires, turning on.The university team’s project is called EVER (Electric Vehicle on Electrified Roadway). The focus is research aimed at using wireless power transmission technologies based on electric field coupling for transmitting power to a running vehicle.The July demo is the latest of similar past efforts by the researchers. Last year, Toyota Central R&D Labs and Ohira reported on their work to allow electric cars to drive unlimited distances on an electrified roadway. They reported a system that similarly transmits electric power through steel belts inside the two tires and a metal plate in the road. They presented their work at a workshop in Kyoto. To test how much energy would be lost as electricity traveled through the tire rubber, the researchers also set up a lab experiment with metal plates. “Less than 20 percent of the transmitted power is dissipated in the circuit,” said Ohira at that time. With enough power the system could run typical passenger cars, he added.To make their present technology useful, the electric power needs to be increased by 100 times. But, moving ahead, the group said that they are up to the task of meeting the project’s challenges. Explore further (Phys.org) — Electric vehicles’ future continues to tease scientists to devise promising and practical ideas to keep these cars moving along the highways without having to pull over and wait for a battery recharge. Solutions for the so called “charging and range problem” took yet another twist this month when a Japanese university team demonstrated how electricity can be transmitted to a pair of tires through a four-inch-thick block of concrete, the type of concrete used on roads. The team took its demo to WTP (Wireless Technology Park) 2012, a trade show on wireless technologies, earlier this month in Yokohama. vit Techon Citation: Japan demo shows electricity entering EV through tires (2012, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-japan-demo-electricity-ev.html More information: © 2012 Phys.org 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.last_img read more