There were dramatic scenes at Fort Dunree in Inishowen this morning after a fire broke out at the military museum. The alarm was raised at 9.45am, when staff at the museum noticed smoke coming from one of the outbuildings. Large flames soon emerged under the windy conditions.The Buncrana Fire Service arrived quickly on the scene and had the situation under control within minutes. Video via Fort Dunree Military MuseumThe building, which was a former Officers’ Mess, was unoccupied at the time and there were no injuries from this morning’s incident.Firefighters have cordoned off the area and the Fort Dunree museum is open to the public as normal.The abandoned outhouse is one of many buildings which have been preserved from an immensely important time in Donegal’s history. The Fort Dunree military museum is a popular tourist destination on the Wild Atlantic Way, with many military memorabilia and artefacts on site. A spokesperson at the museum expressed their thanks to Buncrana Fire Service for extinguishing the fire.“A big thank you to the fire brigade, we really appreciate them coming so quick.”Video: Firefighters tackle large blaze at historic Fort Dunree was last modified: July 3rd, 2019 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:fireFORT DUNREEInishowen
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2017 Ohio Pork Congress brought producers from all aspects of the swine industry to Columbus February 14.Ohio Pork Council’s Ryan McClure and Rich Deaton each noted the supply demand atmosphere of the pork council in the past, and what it has for the future including increased packing plants down the road.OSU Extension’s Glenn Arnold was one of many professionals in attendance. Arnold offered advice on what this winter has meant for manure handling and what to keep in mind in the meantime.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more from the well-attended meeting.
Betty Jean Jennings Bartik, one of the first women in the IT industry, has passed away at the age of 86. Bartik was on the team that programmed and de-bugged the first general-purpose computer, the ENIAC, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. She was one of the female mathematicians, known as “computers,” recruited by the United States military during World War II to test ballistics. They soon moved into the electronics program. Jean, leftJennings Bartik was born in December of 1924 and was raised on a farm near Stanberry in Missouri. After high school, she attended Northwest Missouri State Teachers College, now Northwest Missouri State University where she was the only female Math major at the time and which now has a computer museum named in her honor. She graduated in 1945.ENIAC began in July of 1943, in secret, at the University of Pennsylvania’s engineering school under the code name Project PX. Jennings Bartik was brought into the ENIAC project in the fall of 1945. The computer came on line in February of 1946, having cost $6 million in today’s currency. It weighed 27 tons and contained almost 18,000 vacuum tubes. Jennings Bartik later went on to program the BINAC and UNIVAC, Here’s the thing. The reason you can read this on your playing card-sized handheld goes straight back to ENIAC and women like Betty Jean Jennings Bartik. Your grandma invented the computer. Deal with it. Hrmmm. Says here women are not as good as men at mathematics. Well, there’s a head-scratcher for you. Bartik photo from Computer History Museum | ENIAC photo Wikimedia Commons | other sources: TechEye | Northwest Missouri State University Tags:#Dot Obits#news#NYT#web curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
john paul titlow Since Spotify launched in the U.S. last year, many musicians haven’t been sure what to make of it. Is the all-you-can-stream music model a promotional tool or a bona-fide revenue source? The answer may be somewhere in the middle.The debate over whether Spotify deals fairly with artists will likely rage on as the company’s business matures. While the music industry waits for things to shake out on that front, some artists are experimenting with Spotify not just as a giant library of music, but as an app platform. Blur, the recently reunited 90s Britpop band, has a Spotify app that others would be wise to emulate. Artist-branded apps are nothing new, but they’re usually built for mobile platforms like iOS and Android, and seldom with much success. Late last year, Spotify launched its own third-party apps platform, enabling developers to build HTML5 applications into its desktop player, right on top of its enormous library of music. Early examples mostly came from press outlets like Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, as well from music-distribution startups like Last.fm, MoodAgent and Soundrop. Each one ties a chunk of Spotify’s library to a customized interface containing human-curated playlists or mashes music up with data from other sources. It’s one of the most promising things about Spotify. As part of the promotional campaign for Blur’s newly reissued catalog, the band became one of the first to launch its own app on Spotify this summer. After playing around with it, I can see the potential this approach has for artists. And its big. I owned a couple of Blur CDs in high school. I wasn’t the group’s biggest fan, but I liked them well enough, even if “Song 2” showed up in entirely too many action movies and TV commercials. For a listener like me who’s familiar with much of Blur’s music, but who hasn’t actively listened to them for years, the Spotify app acts as a convenient gateway back into their world.At its core, the app is essentially a nice-looking wrapper for the band’s back catalog, which was already available on Spotify. What this unique form of digital packaging does, however, is keep listeners focused on a single artist rather than letting them get lost in the sea of millions of songs on Spotify. For the artist, that’s a good thing, because the more people stream their music, the more money they’ll make (a number that looks likely to increase as the service grows). The app experience goes beyond the music library, and that’s where much of the potential lies. The app functions as a sort of mini-site for the band, with historical tour dates, a discography (all of which is playable), a band biography from Wikipedia (not the label’s own PR department) and a sign-up form for the band’s mailing list. So while the main focus is on streaming tracks, the app also pushes fans towards other ways to support the artist. The only thing missing is a merchandise page and, if the band were planning an extensive tour, a tab for selling concert tickets. Like any good digital media initiative, it’s more than a one-way channel from the artist to fans. It could be more interactive, but the opportunities for fan participation it offers are a good start. The most participatory part is the Playlists section, which shows fan-created Spotify playlists of Blur songs and encourages users to create news one directly within the same interface. (The Spotify app for the punk rock band Rancid takes the curated playlist concept one step further by letting fans stream songs hand-picked by each member of the band.)The Blur app’s social media integration could be better. The main landing page displays recent tweets mentioning the band’s official Twitter handle, but the usernames, hashtags and links remain unclickable. There’s also no Facebook tie-in beyond the basic sharing functionality built into the Spotify desktop client. Another drawback of this – and any other – Spotify app is that it’s not available on mobile, where many subscribers do most of their listening. While there’s some evidence to suggest that Spotify is working on mobile support for its third party apps, the company has offered no official timeline. Still, the potential for artists is palpable. Using Spotify’s API, one could build out an HTML5 app showcasing a major new release alongside merchandise for sale, concert tickets and real-time streams of social chatter and other relevant information. That’s a big step up from the kind of context and engagement listeners get now when they discover an artist on Spotify, an experience that’s limited to track names, related artists, album art and the music itself. If things evolve the way Spotify and its industry partners hope, the result may be a multi-pronged revenue source and potent music marketing tool tapped into a massive user base. Blur, along with Rancid, has done the industry the favor of acting as a guinea pig in this experiment. Like Spotify itself, its app platform is still quite young, but as it expands, it’s a good bet that more artists will hop on board. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#music#web Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Lanco Infratech Ltd is looking to raise as much as $1 billion over the next 18 months through a stake sale and a listing of its power assets as it seeks to pare back a heavy debt load, its chief financial officer said.The news comes as the independent power producer swung back to profit in the June-September quarter, sending its shares surging by a fifth in afternoon trade.Lanco has some $5.3 billion in debt and has been losing money in recent years as its plants have been stalled due to delays in regulatory clearances and obtaining coal.”It could be a strategic investor (for a stake sale). We’d also like to list Lanco power (assets),” CFO T. Adi Babu said in a telephone interview, adding that the company was hoping to raise between $750 million and $1 billion from these measures.It also hopes to sell one large power project in 2017 once all its plants are fully operational.”We want to sell one big asset to bring down debt and improve liquidity. There’s a good prospect we can sell at least one asset,” Adi Babu said.Lanco has been working with its bankers to restructure its debts, and Adi Babu said its lenders had started releasing funds to help it restart work at stalled plants.The company now operates 4,000 megawatts (MW) of power assets and expects to complete another 4,000 MW in around two years, which will involve its debt rising to 450 billion rupees before it starts falling.Lanco said the outlook for its power business was improving as coal availability has increased and it has sealed power purchase agreements with consumers.It reported a quarterly net profit of Rs 989 million ($14.9 million) during the June-September quarter on Monday, against a Rs 5.3 billion loss a year earlier.India’s indebted power companies have been struggling in recent years as an economic downturn and delays to projects crimped revenue.Adi Babu added that Lanco still wants to sell its Griffin coal mine in Australia, which it put on the block last year, but the company is unlikely to find a decent bidder until international coal prices recover.
One of Twitch’s big perks for Amazon Prime members is going away: Universal ad-free viewing will no longer be part of Twitch Prime for new members, starting Sept. 14.Launched in 2016, Twitch Prime was designed to drive more subscribers to Amazon’s Prime program ($99 per year), whose benefits include free shipping on millions of products and access to Prime Video. Amazon acquired Twitch in 2014.Being able to watch Twitch live game broadcasters without any ads was one of the most appealing components of Twitch Prime. Now, that’s going away.“Advertising is an important source of support for the creators who make Twitch possible,” the company said in a blog post announcing the move. “This change will strengthen and expand that advertising opportunity for creators so they can get more support from their viewers for doing what they love.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 However, the Twitch Prime program offers one free subscription to a Twitch channel, so users can still get ad-free viewing on a single channel if that creator has enabled that feature. In addition, Twitch users can get ad-free viewing across all channels by subscribing to Twitch Turbo, which costs $8.99 per month.Twitch Prime members with monthly subscriptions will continue to get ad-free viewing until Oct. 15; those who already have an annual subscription (or those who upgrade to an annual subscription before Sept. 14) will continue with ad-free viewing until their next renewal date.All other Twitch Prime benefits, like monthly channel subs, monthly games and loot, and chat badges are not changing. According to Twitch, it has offered Twitch Prime members more than $1,000 worth of free games and in-game loot for games like “Fortnite,” “PUBG” and “Hearthstone.”Also on Monday, Amazon announced that its 20% discount for video game pre-orders for Prime members will end on Aug. 28. Instead, Prime members will be offered a $10 credit on select titles.
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in Germany has found that middle-age killifish fed the gut contents of younger killifish lived longer than normal. In their paper uploaded to the bioRxiv preprint server, the team describes their experiments with killifish, what they found and where they plan to take their research in the future. More information: Regulation of Life Span by the Gut Microbiota in The Short-Lived African Turquoise Killifish, bioRxiv, biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/03/27/120980AbstractGut bacteria occupy the interface between the organism and the external environment, contributing to homeostasis and disease. Yet, the causal role of the gut microbiota during host aging is largely unexplored. Here, using the African turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri), a naturally short-lived vertebrate, we show that the gut microbiota plays a key role in modulating vertebrate life span. Recolonizing the gut of middle-age individuals with bacteria from young donors resulted in life span extension and delayed behavioral decline. This intervention prevented the decrease in microbial diversity associated with host aging and maintained a young-like gut bacterial community, characterized by overrepresentation of the key genera Exiguobacterium, Planococcus, Propionigenium and Psychrobacter. Our findings demonstrate that the natural microbial gut community of young individuals can causally induce long-lasting beneficial systemic effects that lead to life span extension in a vertebrate model. © 2017 Phys.org Prior studies have shown that infusing the blood of a young animal into that of an older animal can offer both increased vitality and health benefits to the older animal. Other experiments have suggested that rejuvenating the gut biome of an animal might offer similar benefits. In this new effort, the team in Germany sought to find out if that might be true for the very short lived killifish.Killifish are native to Zimbabwe and Mozambique, living in ponds that accumulate after a heavy rain. They reach maturity at just three weeks and generally die a few months later. Their short lifespan made them ideal subjects for experiments on possible lifespan extension due to gut biome rejuvenation.The experiments by the researchers consisted of killing the gut biome in several middle-aged killifish (age 9.5 weeks) and then putting them in a tank filled with sterilized water. They then dumped the gut contents of young (6-week-old) killifish into the tank. The older fish did not actually eat the material but probed at it using their mouths to figure out if it was food. That was enough to allow the microbes to make their way into their guts. Six weeks later, the gut biome of the older fish was identical to the younger fish that had donated the gut material.In studying the middle-age fish after the gut rejuvenation, the researchers found that they lived on average 37 percent longer than their peers who received no treatment. They also report that those fish with the rejuvenated biomes became more active, behaving like fish just six weeks old. Performing the reverse procedure, giving young fish a middle-aged biome, on the other hand, had no discernible impact.The researchers acknowledge that they do not know how or why rejuvenation of the gut biome in the fish increased both vitality and lifespan, but suggest it might be tied to the immune system. They think it is possible that as fish grow older, their immune systems become less effective at warding off harmful or non-beneficial microbes in the gut. In that case, replacing the biome would mean removing the bad microbes, giving the gut a new start. Nothobranchius furzeri. Credit: Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 A new model organism for aging research: The short-lived African killifish Explore further Citation: Eating the gut contents of young fish lengthens life of older killifish (2017, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-gut-contents-young-fish-lengthens.html 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.