LYIT President’s delight with €2.5M boost in drive for university status

first_imgThe President of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology has warmly welcomed today’s announcement that €2.5 million funding will be granted to progress LYIT’s drive for university status.President Paul Hannigan said that the investment is a strong endorsement for the LYIT as it deepens partnerships in the Connacht-Ulster region and on a cross-border level.The funding was announced by Minister Joe McHugh, who said €2.5M was a “phenomenal level of financial backing for further and higher education in the north-west”. Some €2m is being made available to progress the Connacht Ulster Alliance.Another €500,000 is being invested in LYIT as part of its deepening links with Ulster University and the North-West College.Mr Hannigan said: “LYIT is delighted with the funding announcement today from Minister McHugh. “Two weeks ago the Minister launched our Strategic Plan 2019-23 which clearly articulates our ambitions to achieve technological university status with our partners in IT Sligo and GMIT and also shows our commitment to cross-border collaboration within the North West City Region with Donegal ETB, North West Regional College and Ulster University. “This funding is a strong endorsement of the Institute’s strategic direction and will help us continue the significant momentum evident in both initiatives at this time.”Mr Hannigan outlined how the funding means that LYIT will be at the centre of many future developments in education: “The €2m for the Connacht Ulster Alliance will allow the Institutes to continue their drive towards achieving the criteria for technological university.  The announcement in Budget 2020 that €90m will be committed to technological universities over the next three years has shown the Government’s commitment to the development of this sector and LYIT will be at the heart of these developments.”He added: “As the BREXIT negotiations continue, the necessity to support successful cross-border initiatives has never been more important.  The cross-border further and higher education alliance comprises LYIT, Donegal ETB, North West Regional College and Ulster University and has worked to ensure a seamless cooperation among these four bodies in the North West City Region. “This allocation of €500k a really important statement in supporting this strategy and will support the social and economic development of this region.”LYIT President’s delight with €2.5M boost in drive for university status was last modified: October 17th, 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)last_img read more

Cost of Installed Solar Continues to Fall

first_imgThe median installed cost of small photovoltaic (PV) systems continues its downward march, with 2014 showing the fifth consecutive year of significant price reductions, according to an annual report from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Installed prices for both residential and non-residential PV systems finished last year were 40 cents per watt lower than they were the year before. The decline for large non-residential PV installations was even sharper, 70 cents per watt, the latest Tracking the Sun report said.And in the first six months of 2015, PV prices in some larger states dropped by another 20 cents to 50 cents per watt.The lab reported “tremendous variability” in PV pricing: For residential systems installed in 2014, 20% were sold for less than $3.50 per watt while another 20% sold for more than $5.30 per watt. In Arizona, 20% of residential installers posted median prices at or below $3 per watt last year, compared to the median price in the U.S. of $4.30 per watt.The wide swing in prices is due to a variety of factors, the Lab said, including differences in system design and components, market and regulatory conditions, and installer-specific quirks.“The continued decline in PV system pricing is especially noteworthy given the relatively stable price of PV modules since 2012,” a press release accompanying the report said. Lower costs could instead be attributed to lower “soft costs”: marketing, system design, installation labor, permitting, and other non-module expenses.“The fact that such variability exists underscores the need for caution and specificity when referring to the installed price of PV, as clearly there is no single ‘price’ that uniformly and without qualification characterizes the U.S. market, or even particular market segments, as a whole,” said lead author Galen Barbose of the Lab’s Electricity Markets and Policy Group.last_img read more

Microsoft Is Backing Down From One Of Windows 8’s Boldest Changes

first_imgThe Start button is back.According to reports by Microsoft experts Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott, a forthcoming update to Windows 8 codenamed “Blue” will restore the familiar interface for navigating Windows.A feature of Microsoft operating systems since Windows 95, the Start button allowed quick access to applications and system features. Windows 8, in a marked departure, traded it for a tablet-like, touchscreen-optimized system for navigating apps. That, understandably, confused and frustrated Windows users, many of whom found Windows 8 befuddling rather than innovative.Microsoft Shows A Less-Than-Deft TouchMicrosoft has had a consistent party line on these complaints, which is to urge people to try Windows 8 on new touchscreen PCs and tablets.(See also Windows Blue’s Goal: You Will Love Metro – Eventually.)One of Microsoft’s strengths has alway been its embrace of backwards compatibility—the ongoing guarantee that newer PCs will run older software. The Surface RT tablet, which cannot run older Windows software, and the new Xbox One, which likewise will not play old games, suggest that Microsoft has become more willing to abandon the old, as it did with the Start button.Here’s the mistake Microsoft made: While it’s trivially easy to update software, and new hardware can be sold, it’s far harder to rewire the wetware in our brains. And hundreds of millions of Windows users over the past two decades have been trained to look for a Start button.(See also How Windows 8 Throws Computer Users Under The Bus.)And a basic interface feature like that is not analogous to a game or even a piece of software. Video gamers rapidly grow bored of old games and seek out new ones. But the way we use PCs becomes a matter of routine. And there’s nothing more annoying than breaking people’s routines.No wonder PC sales are falling.Screenshot of Windows 8.1 via Paul Thurrott’s Windows Supersite. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Microsoft#Microsoft Windows#Start Button#user interface#Windows#Windows 8 Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair owen thomaslast_img read more

Finally, Maharashtra declares drought in 151 tehsils

first_imgThe Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced severe and medium-scale drought in 151 tehsils in 26 districts. The announcement will hold for the next six months.Out of the 151 tehsils, 39 come under the ‘medium-scale’ category while 112 are ‘severe drought’ areas.Under the Centre’s drought manual of 2016, the State had to follow three steps before declaring a drought.The government identified over 200 tehsils from 13 districts that received rainfall between 50% and 75% and prescribed the first trigger or step, to identify whether drought can be declared in these locations. By the end of the second step, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had declared 180 tehsils as drought-prone. A ground truthing [inspection] exercise was held thereafter and the report was submitted to the CM’s office. The Opposition Congress on Tuesday had charged the government for delaying the announcement.The State has been facing water scarcity in October, with the next monsoon still nine months away. Total water storage as on October 31 in all dams of the State stands at 59.46% in comparison to 76.14% last year. The number of tankers deployed across the State too has increased from 74 on October 30, 2017 to 489 on October 29, 2018.The government has already asked District Collectors to not collect land revenue from farmers, implement a 33% subsidy on the electricity bill of agriculture pumps, kick start employment guarantee scheme, and exempt school and college fees for students from these tehsils. Farmers will get financial help ande government is likely to credit ₹6,800 per hectare to farmers with non-irrigated farms and ₹13,000 per hectare to those with irrigated farms.last_img read more

Foraminotomy

first_imgDefinitionForaminotomy is surgery that widens the opening in your back where nerve roots leave your spinal canal. You may have a narrowing of the nerve opening (foraminal stenosis).Alternative NamesIntervertebral foramina; Spine surgery – foraminotomyDescriptionForaminotomy takes pressure off of a nerve in your spinal column. Thisallowsthe spineto move more easily.Foraminotomycan be performed on any level of the spine.You will be asleep and feel no pain (general anesthesia).During surgery:You lie face down on the operating table. A cut (incision) is made in the middle of the back of your spine. The length of the incision depends on how much of your spinal column will be operated on.Skin, muscles, and ligaments are moved to the side. Your surgeon may use a surgical microscope to see inside your back.Some bone is cut or shaved away to open the nerve root opening (foramen). Any disk fragments are removed.Other bone may also be removed at the back of the vertebrae to make more room (laminotomy or laminectomy).The surgeon may do aspinal fusionto make sure your spinal column is stable after surgery.The muscles and other tissues are put back in place. Theskin is sewn together.Why the Procedure Is PerformedA bundle of nerves (nerve root) leaves your spinal cord through openings in your spinal column. These openings arecalled the neural foramena. When the openings for the nerve root become narrow, itcan put pressure on your nerve. This condition is called foraminal spinal stenosis.advertisementThis surgery may be considered if you have severe symptoms that interfere with your daily life. Symptoms include:Pain that may be felt in your thigh, calf, lower back, shoulder, arms or hands.The painis often deep and steadyPain when doing certain activities or moving your body a certain wayNumbness, tingling, and muscle weaknessYou will have an MRI to make sure foraminal stenosis is causing your symptoms.You and your doctor can decide when you need to have surgery. Foraminal stenosis symptoms often become worse over time, but this may happen slowly.RisksRisksof any anesthesia are:Reactions to medicationsBreathing problemsRisksofforminotomy are:BleedingInfection in wound or vertebral bonesDamage to a spinal nerve, causing weakness, pain, or loss of feelingPartial or no relief of pain after surgeryReturn of back pain in the futureThrombophlebitisBefore the ProcedureTellyourdoctor or nurse what medicines you are taking. This includes medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the days before the surgery:Prepare your home for when you leave the hospital after surgery.If you are a smoker, you need to stop. Your recovery will be slower and possibly not as good if you continue to smoke. Ask your doctor for help.Two weeks before surgery, your doctor or nurse may ask you to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn).If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical problems, your surgeon will ask you to see your regular doctor.Talk with your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol.Ask your doctor which medicines you should still take on the day of the surgery.Let your doctor know right awayif you get acold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illnesses.You may want to visit a physical therapist to learn exercises to do before surgery and to practice using crutches.On the day of the surgery:You willlikely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicinesyour doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Bring your cane, walker, or wheelchair if you have one already. Also bring shoes with flat, nonskid soles.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital. Be sure to arrive on time.After the ProcedureYou willlikely wear a soft neck collar afterward if the surgery was on your neck. Most people are able to get out of bed and sit up within 2 hours after surgery. You will need to move your neck carefully.You should be able to leave the hospital the day after the surgery. You should be able to drive within a week ortwo andresume light work after4 weeks.Outlook (Prognosis)Foraminotomy for spinal foraminal stenosis will often provide full orsome relief of symptoms.Future spine problems are possible for all patients after spine surgery. If you had foraminotomy and spinal fusion, the spinal column above and below the fusioncould have problems in the future. If you needed more than one kind of precedure in addition to foraminotomy (such aslaminotomy, laminectomy,or spinal fusion), you may have more of a chance of future problems.advertisementReferencesCurlee PM. Other disorders of the spine. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA:Elsevier Mosby; 2007:chap 41.Park AL. Lower back pain and disorders: intervertebral discs. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2007:chap 39.Weinstein JN, Tosteson TD, Lurie JD, et al. Surgical versus nonoperative treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis four-year results of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial. Spine. 2010;35(14):1329-38.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

Napoli confirms interest in Krunic

first_imgEmpoli president Fabrizio Corsi has talked about how the Italian Lega Serie A squad wants to buy Rade Krunic and Hamed TraoreThere have been many rumors about Italian Lega Serie A club Napoli wanting to acquire the services of Rade Krunic and Hamed Traore from Empoli.And today Empoli president Fabrizio Corsi spoke to Radio Kiss Kiss, as quoted by Football Italia, to confirm the interest for those two players.“[Napoli director of sports Cristiano] Giuntoli likes Krunic and we have talked about him, exchanging opinions,” Corsi said.Transfer: Africa Cup of Nations winner joins Milan George Patchias – August 5, 2019 AC Milan has signed Algerian star Ismael Bennacer.The African Cup of Nations winner and a key member of the Algerian national team has completed…“He knows how to value individual players.”“We also talked about Traore, who was born in 2000 and already has so much character on the field,” he added.“I think Ismael Bennacer can do great things, as he is like Lucas Torreira, but with more quality.”last_img read more

Port of San Diego Stay Open project

first_imgPort of San Diego Stay Open project Updated: 8:51 AM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 20, 2019center_img May 20, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Port of San Diego has selected an experienced, international hospitality team to develop and operate a new shared hospitality pod hotel concept, expected to be one of the first in the country.The Port sought proposals for an innovative team to develop and/or operate lower-cost overnight accommodations near San Diego Bay. Of the three complete proposals received, the Board of Port Commissioners selected the STAY OPEN team.“We are very pleased to have been selected by the Port of San Diego for the development of lower-cost overnight accommodations near San Diego Bay. With the location’s proximity to transit and nearby attractions, we saw this site as a great opportunity for the new STAY OPEN concept. We look forward to being the first to bring shared hospitality to the San Diego market through a pod hotel and expect there to be a great deal of synergy for guests of our Los Angeles locations, which are in development now,” said Steve Shpilsky, CEO and Co-Founder of STAY OPEN.The STAY OPEN hotel would feature:• 220 self-contained pods (33 rooms with eight to 12 pods per room) – each with a single-occupancy bed, storage locker, power supply, ventilation control, closeable screen for privacy and security; and free Wi-Fi;• Well-appointed shared bathroom with shower facilities, comparable to a high-end fitness center;• Six private Ensuite rooms with private bathrooms featuring queen and twin beds ideal for couples and families;• An activated rooftop space with a restaurant, bar and outdoor seating, which will be open to the public“STAY OPEN’s innovative ‘shared hospitality’ concept really stood out, as it is geared towards the traveler that is looking to stay in prime locations without breaking the bank or sacrificing the experience,” said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “The STAY OPEN team has a successful track record of developing and operating high quality, lower-cost overnight accommodations globally. We look forward to having them as a partner.” KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Access Intelligence Acquires Red 7 Media

first_imgRockville, MD—B-to-b media company Access Intelligence announced today the acquisition of Red 7 Media, owner of Folio: Magazine and several other leading media brands. With the acquisition, AI strengthens its position in the media communications markets and will create a new division combining the Folio: and min brands. The new unit, AI’s media and event marketing group, will be led by Red 7 Media CEO Kerry Smith and his senior management team. Smith will continue in his role as president of the expanded Red 7 Media group and become a senior vice president of Access Intelligence.“The ability to round out our leading position in the consumer magazine market with Red 7’s events, online communities and a leading magazine while expanding into the dynamic events business is a truly exciting prospect for Access Intelligence, our employees and customers,” said Don Pazour, president and CEO of Access Intelligence. Smith founded Red 7 Media in 2002 and grew the Norwalk, CT-based company into a market leader, attracting more than 7,000 executives and 500 sponsors to its events and more than 800,000 unique visitors to its Web sites.  Other Red 7 brands include Event Marketer, Event Design, Audience Development, Expo and Best Events. The Red 7 Media group will serve the media and events industries through conferences, consulting, magazines, newsletters and online communities. Together with AI’s positions in cable television programming, public relations, and digital graphics, this transaction, representing about a third of the company’s revenue, makes Access Intelligence a major voice in media communications.The acquisition marks Access Intelligence’s continued investment in high-performing properties with engaged audiences and best-in-class products and services. Smith noted that he has an existing relationship with Pazour through SISO—the Society of Independent Show Organizers—and through Veronis Suhler Stevenson, the media-industry private-equity firm that has investments in both companies. “Don’s team and ours share a vision for creating high-value business resources around market-leading brands. Integrating Red 7 Media into Access Intelligence will provide Red 7 with deep resources and capabilities that will enable us to accelerate our growth strategies and better serve our customers and employees,” he said. “I couldn’t think of a leader or company that would be a better fit for our brands, our vision, and our employees.”last_img read more

Epicurean treasures French Alps skiing selling travel to Lyon

first_imgTags: Air Canada, France Posted by Wednesday, September 14, 2016 The Gateway to the Alps just got easier to access with Air Canada’s new nonstop flights to Lyon, France.This new route provides the only year-round direct service between North America and Lyon. Prior to the launch of these new flights, travellers had to fly in to Paris and then take a train to Lyon. Flying directly into Lyon saves the 500 kilometre journey, making this destination more accessible than ever.Transfers between Lyon and the Alps resort towns are efficient and plentiful, and many visitors choose to rent a car and explore the Alps on scenic self-guided mountain adventures. Famous resort towns like Chamonix and St. Gervais boast world-class skiing with unforgettable views.The city of Lyon is bursting with cultural and gastronomic treasures, and its food and drink scene is a force to be reckoned with. Famous chocolate shop and cafes, atmospheric wine bars, gastronomic beer halls, traditional Lyonnaise bouchon and Michelin-starred restaurants line cobblestone lanes and seduce palates with distinctly Lyonnaise flavours.Lyon’s location in the Rhône-Alpes region makes it perfect for day trips to the Beaujolais region, where visitors can sip fine wines among enchanting French vineyards.To learn more or book seats on Air Canada’s new nonstop service please visit aircanada.com/agents. Emily Baillie Share Epicurean treasures & French Alps skiing: selling travel to Lyon << Previous PostNext Post >> About Latest Posts Follow EmilyEmily BailliePrincipal at Compass Content MarketingEmily Baillie is Principal at Compass Content Marketing, a Toronto-based firm specializing in social media and content marketing for travel brands. Drop her a line at emilybaillie@gmail.com or follower her on Twitter @EmilyBaillie. Follow EmilyLatest posts by Emily Baillie (see all) Selling Seoul: Travel Agent Tips for South Korea – November 1, 2016 Stylish Seoul: Why You Should Go – November 1, 2016 Epicurean treasures & French Alps skiing: selling travel to Lyon – September 14, 2016last_img read more