25 May

Key meeting takes place on All-Ireland rail service for North West

first_img Pinterest By News Highland – November 23, 2020 Facebook WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty A key meeting took place over the weekend on ways to build an All-Ireland rail service for the North West.Foyle MLA Martina Anderson and Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn attended the meeting, which discussed the role of rail playing a major part in connectivity, sustainability and economic development for the Island.The meeting focused on the potential for extending the Derry line to Letterkenny and Strabane.While also looking at links further south into places such as Sligo, MLA Martina Anderson believes Donegal also needs to be given strong consideration:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AndersonRail1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+center_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Key meeting takes place on All-Ireland rail service for North West Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Previous articleDeclan Bonner disappointed by Donegal performanceNext articleHave you voted for Donegal Railway? News Highland Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

1 Mar

Siyuan Ma and Boyu Ren win Boston Datathon

first_img Read Full Story Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics is pleased to announce that Ph.D. student Siyuan Ma and postdoc Boyu Ren were part of the winning team at the Boston Datathon. Along with Harvard Statistics Ph.D. student Ryan Lee, and Eric Alt, a Ph.D. student from MIT, the team took home the first-place prize of $20,000.The Datathon was held at the Knafel Center at Radcliffe on Sept. 23, 2017, and was sponsored by Citadel & Citadel Securities in partnership with Correlation One, the Harvard Data Science Initiative, and Harvard Data Ventures. Biostatistics Professors Rafael Irizarry and Xihong Lin also contributed their expertise to the event, working with Citadel and Correlation One to screen and prepare the dataset, and serving as a judge for the competition, respectively.Siyuan, Boyu, Ryan, and Eric spent seven hours wrangling with and analyzing numerous genomics datasets. They had to produce a technical report that not only detailed their technical approach to the problem, but also explained why their conclusions were relevant to the public at large.The four Ph.D. students came out on top of a pool of over 600 people who originally applied to participate in the event. They will now go on to compete at the global competition on Nov. 27 in New York City for a chance to win $100,000. Congratulations to this impressive team and best of luck in the final competition.last_img read more

17 Dec

Keeping your credit union collection department compliant and up-to-date

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As we experience the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. economy and unemployment rates, an unfortunate result is the expected increase in delinquencies – which means an even busier collections department than usual for credit unions.Over the years, most collection departments have conscientiously gathered information about service providers, infrequently used data and helpful peer contacts. However, this information might be located on the supervisor’s desk, in a file cabinet, or on sticky notes around the workstation, and may not be readily available to collectors when needed. Add to that the uncertainty of how often the data is updated and the key question becomes: “How reliable is the information we have collected?”Maintaining Compliance and Staying on Top of New ResourcesIs your credit union struggling to achieve and maintain a solid compliance strategy when it comes to collections? Here are some best practices to get started.Develop a desktop resource manual and have one person in charge of its modification as new information is received.last_img read more

21 Sep

O’Shea urges ruthlessness

first_img Martin O’Neill’s men slipped to their second successive defeat at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday evening when Turkey emerged as 2-1 winners, just as Serbia had done in March. However, Ireland created more than enough chances to win the game, but ultimately were made to pay for a toxic combination of missed opportunities and defensive errors. Both O’Neill and his captain for the night were able to take plenty of positives from the display, but know the failings in both attack and defence must be ironed out if they are to prosper when the competitive action starts in September. O’Shea said: “At the time they got their first goal, we had total control of the game and that’s something we are going to have to learn very quickly, especially taking the chances because at international level, I struggle to remember a game where we have had as many chances and we have and only come out with one goal, so that’s frustrating. “Look, I’d be more worried if we weren’t creating chances, that’s the big thing. When you are playing against teams like Serbia and Turkey and we have created as many chances as we have, there’s something going right. “Whether we need a bit of luck to fall our way, a decision to go our way… But we are creating the chances, and that’s the main thing. “We have to make sure our concentration levels are up and make sure when we are in control of the game, that we are shutting teams out as well and not giving them a sniff to counter-attack and score goals against us.” Ireland were dominating the game when they were hit out of the blue by Ahmet Ilhan Ozek’s fine 17th-minute header, and had regained control once again when substitute Osman Tarik Camdal extended the visitors’ lead with 14 minutes remaining. Jon Walters’ strike two minutes later gave them hope, but it was all too little too late, with the hosts left hugely frustrated. But there will be little time for O’Neill’s players to dwell on that frustration as they turn their attention to a series of arguably even tougher tests with Italy waiting in the wings at Craven Cottage on Saturday and fellow World Cup finalists Costa Rica and Portugal to come in the United States early next month. Almost three weeks together will present O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane with the most sustained opportunity yet to instil their methods and philosophy, and O’Shea for one is already seeing signs of progress. He said: “We are disappointed. We have lost a game that we shouldn’t have, but we are creating a lot of good chances, so that’s the positive to take from it. “The games coming up, they are not easy games, but they are games to look forward to and games we can build on and hopefully get that result we need. “There are lots of little things that the manager is trying to implement. It’s coming together, but obviously ultimately you want results, you want goals and we didn’t get it in the first half especially when we really dominated the game.” There will be something of a reshuffle of the squad over the next couple of days with keeper Rob Elliot, who made his debut against the Turks, briefly heading home for his wedding, while the Stoke contingent of Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan and Walters have personal commitments. New faces will arrive too with triumphant QPR striker Kevin Doyle due to join up after Saturday’s dramatic Sky Bet Championship play-off final victory over Derby, along with vanquished Rams Jeff Hendrick, Richard Keogh and Conor Sammon. John O’Shea has urged Ireland to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch if they are to qualify for the finals of Euro 2016. Press Associationlast_img read more

21 Dec

San Francisco landmark: Giants community gathers to remember McCovey

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Thirty two years ago, Willie McCovey stood on the stage on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, New York and spoke about his family.At a Hall of Fame ceremony designed to commemorate McCovey’s career and honor his on-field accomplishments, the San Francisco Giants first baseman turned the tribute around and shined the spotlight on those he felt closest to.“Like the Golden Gate Bridge and the cable cars, I’ve been made to feel like a landmark too,” McCovey said with …last_img read more

18 Dec

Midmar Mile record holder to swim for charity

first_img22 January 2014 Seven-time champion Keri-anne Payne will return to the Midmar Mile for the 12th time on the weekend of 8 and 9 February. She won’t be challenging for the women’s title again, however. This time her visit is all about charity. The South African-born British star, a two-time 10 kilometre open water swimming world champion, will be part of the Eight Mile Club, which raises funds for various charities. She will be swimming for two charities, supporting the Pink Drive’s fight against breast cancer in South Africa and the UK educational charity, Skill Force, which partners with schools, and draws on the skills and experiences of predominantly ex- Forces personnel, to inspire young people to succeed.‘Midmar is part of my history’ “Midmar is part of my history and a race I love doing,” she said of her loyal support of the world’s largest open water swimming event. “Midmar was the competition we used to do as a family when we lived in South Africa, so I have many, many fond memories of the swim and will keep coming back as long as they will keep having me.” While still living in South Africa, Payne won her first Midmar Mile title in the girls’ under-13 category in 2001. It was a win that she still regards as a highlight of her swimming career, but, she said, the Midmar Mile has been the source of many other personal highlights.‘Highlights’ “Every year at Midmar has had highlights for me, whether it was the year that I first came back from moving to the UK, or the year that British Swimming brought out a team to do the race, or the year I got the record for the Mile. “My best Midmar, though, has to be the year I equalled the record for number of wins with Natasha Figge [now Panzera, with six victories]. I will always remember my brother Mark and father Jim talking about her when I was about 12 saying ‘She is amazing. I can’t see anyone beating her record!’ That was the year I decided that I would try my best to do that!” Payne’s hold on the title, which she had held since 2008, was broken last year when Ashley Twichell became the first American to claim the honours. Payne had taken a break after the London Olympics where she narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing in a heart-breaking fourth place and was not in prime form, but she was still good enough for second place.‘A really interesting year’ “It was a really interesting year for me,” she recalled, looking back on 2013. “Midmar 2013 was the starting point last year to step back into the open water racing world and I had decided that I wanted to make it back to World Championship form and compete in Barcelona .” Payne placed 14th, just six-and-a-half seconds behind gold medallist Poliana Okimoto. After competing in Barcelona, it was time to rethink her approach. “After the World Champs I took some time out and decided that I needed a break from the sport and had time to really think about what it is that I want to do. After a lot of thought and discussions with my coach, we decided to put a plan in place to get me in the best form possible for Rio 2016, which has meant that this season – September 2013 to September 2014 – I have taken a year out of elite competitive racing marathon swimming. “So far, this year has involved swimming once a day, more gym work, and working on my step into the ‘media’ world.”An exciting time For Payne, who has dedicated so much of her time to competition, the new year is an exciting time filled with very different goals than those she has held onto in recent times. “2014 is a year for me recuperate the mind and body and do things I have not been able to do for many years,” she explained. “An example was being able head out to San Fransisco and Brazil for ‘fun’ competitions, and I am finally able this year to compete in my first Eight Mile Midmar, which I am very excited about!”last_img read more

17 Dec

U.S. dairy industry cautions Japan to respect current trade relationships during review of EU’s list of geographical indications for foods

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Japan’s agriculture officials must respect current market access between Japan and its trading partners, including the United States, when reviewing a list of geographical indications (GIs) proposed by the European Union (EU), or else risk disrupting one of the world’s largest consumer marketplaces, the U.S. dairy industry urged.In a letter to the Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, leaders from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) said it is imperative that Japan “not overlook the enormous significance of the EU food name list for Japanese consumers and producers, and for your lasting relationships with key international trading partners.”The European Union is in the final stages of negotiating a free trade agreement with Japan, establishing the rules of commerce for hundreds of food products produced in each region. In doing so, the EU is seeking to monopolize a long list of common names under the guise of geographical indications in trade deals with Japan and other nations, including China and Mexico. This campaign attempts to restrict generic product names such as parmesan, feta and asiago to products made only by EU producers, and runs counter to international trade commitments.The Consortium for Common Food Names and U.S. dairy groups have argued that this strategy is intended to deprive U.S. manufacturers of markets that local industries have developed. The EU’s goal of co-opting these terms would limit sales from non-EU companies to benefit European marketers, thereby stifling healthy competition among food producers all over the world.“This is a critical moment for Japan as your nation prepares to review hundreds of food and beverage terms; the decisions Japan makes will have lasting impact for years to come,” the letter said. “We urge you to make sure that the steps you take do not unnecessarily limit healthy trade and competition within your market.”The letter cited Canada’s decision to acquiesce to EU pressure, which has negatively affected its producers, consumers and trade partners The U.S. dairy leaders insisted that Japan can avoid this fate by helping to finalize a list of GIs that does not “encroach on generic names and terms.” For example, “Parmigiano Reggiano” is an acceptable geographical term, but the common name “parmesan” is already used by non-EU producers and widely used in Japan.“For the good of our trade relationship, it is imperative that Japan’s efficient and transparent GI review process ensures that generic names and terms remain accessible to all,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO. “We encourage Japanese government officials to continue on this course, and to respect their own laws and international agreements with the United States.”The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), of which all three dairy groups are a part, has been instrumental in opposing any attempt to monopolize common food names that have become part of the public domain. It has been coordinating U.S. industry submissions to the Japanese government to defend common food terms that appear on the EU’s GI list. CCFN seeks an appropriate model for protecting both legitimate geographical indications and generic food names.“Wholesale acceptance of the EU’s proposed GI list would not only unfairly limit the ability of U.S. and other nations’ cheesemakers to do business in Japan, it would negatively impact Japanese consumers and cheese producers,” said Tom Vilsack, USDEC President and CEO. “We urge Japan to consider the confusion, marketplace disruptions and inflated prices that would ensue by restricting common cheese names as the EU desires.”last_img read more

31 Aug

Bridging cultural differences

first_imgIn an attempt to sort out friction between the communities, Khoj International Artists’ Association is presenting Coriolis Effect: Currents across India and Africa’ at Khoj Studios, in the national Capital, Beginning on August 28, Coriolis Effect is an international exhibition featuring works of artists from India and Africa. The exhibition, resulting from a month-long residency, seeks to activate the social, economic and cultural relationship and historical exchange which exists between India and the continent of Africa.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bernard Akoi-Jackson (Ghana), Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan (Africa/US), Juan Orrantio (Bogota,Colombia), Amshu Chukki (India) and Insurrections Ensemble (India/Africa) are the artists who are participating in this exhibition.Sitara Chowfla, the program manager at Khoj said, “Stream of immigrants from the Indian Subcontinent, as well as migrants from countries such as Cameroon, Somali, Nigeria, Kenya, Afghanistan and Nepal, are residing in Khirki Extension. This hotpot of cultural difference has long been a source of friction between residents, often bubbling into acts of discrimination based violence.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis project has grown out of a series of encounters and conversations which took place in and around Khoj through 2014.”The works for the show were created during a month long residency where the artists sought to unpack notions of geography, memory, cultural exchange as well as the tension and fear of the ‘other’, through history. The Coriolis Effect will not only use the present context of 21st century migrations, but equally refer to various moments of exchange through history; from the recent past of the Non-Aligned movements in the 20th century, to the cultural relationship shared by Indians and Africans from the 1st century AD onwards.When: August 28-31Where: Khoj Studios, S-17, Khirkee ExtensionTimings: 11 am-7pmlast_img read more

31 Aug

Why casual sex is not so cool

first_imgDoes a one-night stand or romping without any commitment or emotional involvement sound interesting to you? If yes, please beware. Researchers have found that a liking for casual sex may land you in trouble.The researchers found that a person’s preference for casual sex may actually increase their risk of being harassed.Also, adolescents who have been sexually harassed are more strongly inclined to have casual sex than others, the findings showed. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe results might give the impression that it is the victim’s fault for being harassed, but the researchers said their findings were not intended to “blame the victim”.”Absolutely not! We’re trying to understand the psychological mechanisms that underlie harassment,” said Mons Bendixen, Associate Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. It might be that a preference for casual sex results in more sexual solicitations in general, including undesirable ones. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, also showed that adolescents who sexually harass others have had casual sex more often than those who do not harass others. They also fantasise more about casual sex and find it more acceptable to have sex without any commitment or emotional closeness.The study included 1,326 heterosexual girls and boys with an average age of nearly 18 years. The psychologists only looked at non-physical forms of sexual harassment.Fully 60 per cent of the girls and boys in the survey reported that they had been sexually harassed in the last year. Around 30 per cent of the girls and 45 per cent of the boys admitted that they had sexually harassed someone one or more times.last_img read more