Three new Garda cars for Donegal just in time for Christmas

first_imgGardaí have revealed that three brand new squad cars are on the way to Donegal this month.The 192-reg cars will be delivered to stations in Milford, Dungloe and Bundoran.The new fleet was unveiled on social media, with Gardaí commenting that they were an early Christmas present for the force: Gardaí throughout the country are dreaming of a ‘White Christmas’! However Santa Claus had other plans & delivered new White cars & vans early to Garda HQ our colleagues in Donegal Sligo/ Leitrim and Louth Divisions will be delighted with their new cars & vans. pic.twitter.com/rjb8TTsuVh— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) December 10, 2019Three new Garda cars for Donegal just in time for Christmas was last modified: December 11th, 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

Arcata High to induct 2018 HOF class this week

first_imgKen Matias, Greg Kane, Robert McCrea and the Baseball Team of 1968 will be recognized during the Arcata High School Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held on Thursday, Oct. 18th. Social hours starts at 6:00 pm with the induction ceremony to commence at 6:30 pm. The ceremony will take place on the Arcata High campus in the Performing Arts Center. The Inductees will further be honored on Friday during the noon homecoming rally, in the homecoming parade that starts at 1:15 and be introduced …last_img read more

Was Charlemagne Protected from a Cosmic Disaster? A Carbon-14 Mystery

first_imgTree ring data from the 8th century hint that a cosmic catastrophe was averted on the “privileged planet.”As if you didn’t have enough to worry about, there are things out there that could kill us.  Asteroids or comets, solar flares, and exploding stars are just some of the planet-killing dangers that have not (yet) destroyed civilization as we know it.  Some faint smoking-gun evidence suggests that while  Charlemagne was marching through Westphalia in 775 AD conquering the Saxons, his army was completely unaware of a cosmic battle of epic proportions taking place overhead.According to Astrobiology Magaazine, one of the universe’s most energetic events may have occurred that year, sending a torrent of deadly gamma rays at Earth.  Completely invisible, these rays could have sterilized the planet in seconds had the source been close enough.  From at least 3,000 light-years away, though, Earth’s atmosphere was capable of shielding the biosphere.  The energy was safely absorbed by gases in the atmosphere.  Nobody felt a thing.In 2012 scientist Fusa Miyake announced the detection of high levels of the isotope carbon-14 and beryllium-10 in tree rings formed in 775 CE, suggesting that a burst of radiation struck the Earth in the year 774 or 775. Carbon-14 and beryllium-10 form when radiation from space collides with nitrogen atoms, which then decay to these heavier forms of carbon and beryllium. The earlier research ruled out the nearby explosion of a massive star (a supernova) as nothing was recorded in observations at the time and no remnant has been found.Prof. Miyake also considered whether a solar flare could have been responsible, but these are not powerful enough to cause the observed excess of carbon-14. Large flares are likely to be accompanied by ejections of material from the Sun’s corona, leading to vivid displays of the northern and southern lights (aurorae), but again no historical records suggest these took place.The leading explanation remaining, then, was a GRB between 3,000 and 12,000 light-years away sent an intense storm of particles that was undetectable to kings and peasants of 8th-century Europe.  Being sufficiently distant, it was harmless.Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) can take less than two seconds to blast high-energy radiation in all directions.  Only discovered in 1967, they are believed to occur when compact objects like white dwarfs, neutron stars or black holes collide and merge.  Most of the observed GRB’s have been billions of light-years away.  A GRB can release as much energy in a few seconds as the sun could emit in 10 billion years.Tree-ring dating only extends back about 3,000 years (most of recorded human history); this is the only such anomaly found in the data.  According to Wikipedia‘s entry, though, there must have been a thousand GRBs close enough to Earth to affect life since life began.The evidence is circumstantial that a GRB caused the tree-ring anomaly, but this points out a couple of interesting things.  One is that in all recorded human history, there has not yet been a cosmic extinction event—no superflare from the sun, no massive impact, no GRB.  The Tunguska Event (probably a comet) was a close call, but bad as that was, it was isolated.  Most people have no concept of the energy out there that could wipe us out as they live out their lives under the warm sun.The other point to ponder is how Earth could have survived a thousand wallops powerful enough to affect life on Earth, if the evolutionary age of 4.5 billion years is granted.  Is that reasonable?  Even the period of a few million years for human evolution raises the stakes.  Some evolutionists try to link a couple of presumed evolutionary extinctions to cosmic events, but it seems a supreme case of special pleading to expect a thousand GRBs to cause some extinctions but never a planetary extinction—and that’s not counting the chances for superflares or impacts.Our “luck” so far doesn’t mean the day won’t come.  Some believe some big wallops have been predicted.  If you haven’t seen The Privileged Planet, this might be a good time to watch it and consider many other reasons to believe that a Designer had some purposes for our tiny little patch of the universe. (Visited 139 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Play Your Part Campaign launches app in support of active citizenship and Mandela Month

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday, 6 July 2015 – Brand South Africa in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched the Play your Part for Madiba campaign earlier today to encourage citizens to make everyday a Mandela Day. This is aimed at building a spirit of active citizenship among all South Africans which is required to drive the implementation of the National Development Plan.• Download press releaseThe Play your Part for Madiba month-long campaign seeks to uphold the ideals, values and actions of President Nelson Mandela’s legacy by encouraging South Africans to play their part towards the creation of positive change by building their communities and upholding a spirit of Ubuntu and social cohesion.Speaking at the launch of the Play your Part for Madiba campaign Brand South Africa’s board member Mr Geoffrey Rothschild said: “We acknowledge and thank all South Africans who commit themselves to ensure that Mandela Day is a huge success.”These sentiments were shared and also expressed by LeadSA’s Yusuf Abramjee who added: “Every day should be a Mandela Day. No action is too big or small. Active citizenship is an ongoing activity and we need to continue to embrace Madiba’s legacy.”In support of this commemorative month and as part of its mandate to build pride, patriotism, and a spirit of active citizenship, Brand South Africa, has also partnered with the GEM Project who have developed an app which contains a number of organisations needing assistance from South Africans. These include, amongst others, the provision of clothing, assistance with homework, job shadowing and skills development, which all South Africans will be able to support.Once an individual has participated in assisting a cause, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, termed “a GEM”, which can be converted into a number of products such as airtime/data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.David Shields, GEM Project Co-Founder said: “The app is a social development drive, that aims to mobilise communities within themselves so that they can help each other rise. Volunteers are encouraged to donate their GEMs back to the needy causes during Mandela Month. In order to ensure continuity and mobilise support even beyond Mandela Month, corporates are also encouraged to donate GEMs so that they can be allocated towards causes on an ongoing basis.”Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Ms. Sithembile Ntombela said: “This partnership is an extension not only to the commemorative month’s activities and actions of goodwill by South Africans, but we hope that the nation will continue to contribute to positive change because a nation of people who care deeply for one another, and the environment in which they live, is beneficial for everyone. This is our call to action so that everyday can become a Mandela Day!”Follow the conversation during Mandela Month @Brand_SA #MandelaMonth2015 and #TimeToGivelast_img read more

How To Hide Your Email: What Petraeus Did & What He Should Have Done

first_imgTags:#email#hacking A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescu You’d think that being the head of the CIA would give you all the ins-and-outs and James Bond tools to conceal your email. Think again.Less than two weeks ago, David Petraeus was a decorated four-star army general (ret.), Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and a husband of 38 years. Today, his reputation has been hit with a massive dose of shock and awe. Petraeus cheated and got caught, largely due to a lot of eyebrow-raising email activity from a man many would assume to know more about how to  cover his tracks. Here’s how the Petraeus email fiasco unfolded, and some hints on better ways to conceal private email conversations, no matter what their purpose. Wrong MovesThe general created a fake Gmail account with a pseudonym to communicate with his lover and biographer Paula Broadwell. In order to communicate, Petraeus and Broadwell wrote messages to each other that they each dropped in a draft folder, to eliminate an email chain. This is called a “dead drop,” and has been used by terrorists, including the guys behind the Madrid train bombing in 2004.They both had access to the account, and would write and save draft messages for each other to read. While we don’t know if the drafts were deleted after reading, or if the same draft was used over and over with old text deleted, we do know the basic pattern of this kind of interaction. Basically one person writes a note and logs off, then the other party logs on and reads the draft. This way no email is actually ever sent, and no email chain is created. In Gmail, draft messages are called conversations. Once these messages are “discarded,” they are notoriously hard to recover. So, one of two things is likely in this scenario: Either they kept the draft conversations at the time that the FBI intercepted their communications, or the FBI worked with Google to retrieve the deleted drafts. Further mucking things up was the fact that Broadwell used a different Gmail account to send her threatening messages to Kelley. And both she and the General used the same Gmail account to share and write messages. So with all that, it would have been pretty easy for the FBI to lean on Google to reveal the IP addresses of the account in question, alerting the bureau of the location and numeric label of both the computers and networks behind the messages. (Note to all you cyber-lovers out there, the very outdated Electronic and Communications and Privacy Act states any content older than six months and stored in the cloud can be obtained by the government without a warrant.) Game. Set. Match.What They Should Have DoneRemember, when trying to hide things from the FBI, no method is perfect, especially when they’re already on your trail. The following tools are not 100% foolproof, but if employed early would have made for a much more convoluted game of cat and mouse, and might even have concealed the amorous activity long enough for the general and his fatal attraction to have escaped unscathed.  1. PGP Encryption: PGP stands for “pretty good privacy,” and that’s exactly what it is. The service encrypts data, like emails, which would have been another hurdle for the FBI to jump through. If this method would have been used, it would have forced Uncle Sam to deploy Trojan-style spyware onto Broadwell’s computer to uncover the emails. With Google snitching the General out, PGP might not have worked. For regular folks though, this tool is a good start. 2. Hide Your IP: Tools like Tor, an open source method to conceal real IP addresses and Web browsing, would have masked their IP address identification. Another is Hamachi, an app that creates free, encrypted Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) between computers. Just use the VPN every time you log in, and don’t log in from your home IP, and you should be safer. Well, unless you’re LulzSec that is. 3. Disposable Email: This message will self destruct after reading. Really. If the General really was 007, or even 007-ish, he would have used this method. Disposable email functions much like it sounds, with messages that are deleted after reading. Disposable email services include Spamex and Mailinator, which were originally designed to keep out spam, not the Feds. 4. Don’t Send Messages Online Period! Keep it offline! If this was 1972, short of the U.S. Postal Service intercepting their mail, this would have been the ideal method, and some inquisitive papparazzi snapping a photo would have been all they would have had to worry about. While the two did spend a good deal of time together in-person (Broadwell apparently traveled overseas to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit Petraeus), they might have been safer to keep the relationship in person only. The only truly private way to use email? Don’t!Besides, what’s the best way to keep passion in a relationship? Charles M. Schulz said it best: “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”Photo by hectorir. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Sinor, Taylor Grab Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Finally Zach Sinor is getting some respect!Sinor joined Vincent Taylor as a Big 12 Player of the Week this week. Sinor for special teams. Taylor on the defensive side. Sinor downed three of his four punts inside WVU’s 20 and Taylor had 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble to bring his yearly sack total to 4.5.The lateral king causes a fumble. #okstate in business. https://t.co/7utSiCk45e— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016 Vincent Taylor, beast. https://t.co/kktJ0wRIcZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016Both players have been absurd all year. Sinor’s numbers are pretty staggering. He’s punted 39 times, has 13 fair catches, 23 punts inside the 20 and just one touchback. One! Sinor for Heisman!“Our coverage units were excellent, our punter was excellent,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday after OSU’s 37-20 win. “We missed one field goal, but our return game was good. If you’re sound in special teams and you don’t turn the ball over, then you get a chance each week.”This is Sinor’s second selection this season and the duo represents OSU’s seventh and eighth selections for a weekly Big 12 honor this year. Here is that list:Sept. 19 – James Washington – Big 12 Offensive Player of the WeekSept. 19 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekSept. 26 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 3 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24  — Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24 – Ben Grogan – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Vincent Taylor – Big 12 Defensive Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Weeklast_img read more

Hoops Preview: Oklahoma State vs. TCU Round Two

first_imgDon’t look now, but the (17-8, 6-6) TCU Horned Frogs are looking like a tournament team for the first time since before Bill Clinton was impeached. Currently projecting as a 1o-seed, the Frogs are experiencing all the good feels after sweeping Texas recently for the first time since head coach Jamie Dixon was hitting game winners as a senior.Viewing InformationTime: 8:00 p.m.Location: Fort Worth, TexasTV: ESPNULine: TCU – 1Season TrendA solid resume that lacks signature wins but remains fairly unblemished as they’ve beat everyone they should have.Handed a season-high 18 point loss, the Frogs returned home dejected after trailing the vast majority of the game against the rival Baylor Bears on Saturday. The TCU offense was on life support, only scoring 17 points in the first half on only one assist. The biggest gap was on the boards where Baylor dominated, swiping 25 defensive boards and ruining second chance opportunities for the Frogs.Johnathan Motley dominated the TCU front court to the tune of 25 points on 12 of 15 shooting and Baylor’s spot-duty shooting guard King McClure had one of his best games of the year, hitting 3 of 4 from deep for 13 points. Baylor’s sleepy three point shooters hitting nearly 39 percent from deep bodes well for the Cowboy bombers on Wednesday night.The Last Time They PlayedSometimes you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time and Stillwater on January 23rd was just that for TCU. What turned out to be the second win in a five game streak, the Cowboys were putting everything together and picking up serious momentum that night. Jawun emerged from his slump like an angry bear out of hibernation, lighting up the Frogs for 27 points and assists. While TCU drew it close with ten minutes to go, the Pokes put their foot down per Coach Underwood:“The last 10 minutes of that ballgame is how you close out a game. (Shoot) 12 of 15 from the perimeter, you make your free throws and then no turnovers in the last eight and a half (minutes) or so.”TCU’s talent-rich front line was hit and miss, disappearing for stretches. The skilled 6’11” Slovakian had a phenomenal second half but it just wasn’t enough to overcome the Cowboy offense shooting 64.5 percent from the field after the break.To cap off the night, Dillard put the Frogs to bed with this beauty:Davon Dillard windmills the Horned Frogs. #okstate pic.twitter.com/A53pjIy5xg— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) January 24, 2017Three Things to Watch1. As Fisher Goes, They GoThe top-rated recruit in Horned Frog basketball history is freshman point guard Jaylen Fisher and he will be the swing vote if this TCU team is to go dancing. While his career-high 18 points wasn’t enough to keep TCU in the game against Baylor on Saturday, it usually is. When the freshman guard gets into double digits, the Frogs are 12-3 and he’s got a four game streak in double digits. Rationality says that the team’s two leading scorers (star big man Brodziansky and Texas A&M transfer Alex Robinson) need to get their numbers for the team to be successful, but it’s a prolific third banana that helps the TCU offense to get over the hump.2. Get after the BallQuoted after the Texas game in early February, head coach Jamie Dixon laid out a crucial point for the TCU offense:“Our guards are going to have some turnovers because we let them do a lot of things. We rely on them to create shots for a lot of guys. So we’re going to have to play through the mistakes. For the most part, we haven’t had them [the last two games].”So much of TCU’s offensive efficiency depends on the newbie guards not turning the ball over. A week ago, the Red Raiders were able to take the game into the final seconds by turning over the Frogs 21 times in Fort Worth.Highlights from tonight’s game at TCU, Red Raiders face No. 3 Kansas at 1 p.m. on Saturday #WreckEm #4to1 pic.twitter.com/Prrr6XO5TB— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) February 8, 20173. Double the Big GuyI won’t ask for anything for Christmas ever again if I don’t have to watch another big play keep-a-way from Dillard/McGriff/Hammonds again this year. Fortunately for the Pokes, Texas Tech last week exposed a vulnerability in junior forward Vlad Brodziansky’s offense: double him fast and he coughs it up on the pass.Now, the dude shoots quick so you’ve got to collapse quickly. But go ahead and forget about the TCU deep ball at 34 percent, it’s a much better shot than the 59.6 percent-shooting Brodziansky.Fun side note: of course we looked at but didn’t offer the skilled 6’11” big man at a Kansas junior college… you throw Brodziansky in a class with Evans and Dillard, you’ve got a potential all-timer.Statistical ComparisonOther NotesThe road Cowboys have taken their last three Big 12 road games, including an 82-75 victory at No. 7 West Virginia. In the Big 12, only Kansas (7-1) has more true road wins than the Cowboys (5-4).OSU was 2-3 against new TCU head coach Jamie Dixon in his time at Pitt. Most notable was when new OSU coach Travis Ford’s team was eliminated by the Panthers from the 2009 NCAA Tournament.Since TCU joined the Big 12, OSU is 7-2 against the Horned Frogs, and both losses came in the Cowboys’ last two trips to Fort Worth.The last team to make the NCAA Tournament field after falling in their first six conference games was the 1985-86 Maryland team led by Len Bias.Seven OSU players went to high school within an hour drive of TCU’s campus; Brandon Averette (Richardson), Jawun Evans (Dallas), Tavarius Shine (Irving), Cameron McGriff (Grand Prairie), Phil Forte (Flower Mound), Leyton Hammonds (North Richland Hills) and Jeffrey Carroll (Rowlett).Davon Dillard entered Big 12 play on Dec. 30 with a career total of 63 minutes played (39 this season).  Over the last six games Dillard is averaging 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 56.3 percent shooting, including a 62.5 percent clip from 3-point.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

A Closer Look at Jawun Evans’ Weaknesses

first_imgYesterday we looked at Jawun Evans’ strength in this terrific video Draft Express put together, but because this is a fair and balanced blog, today we need to look at his weaknesses.All of these are legitimate concerns, but I also think they’re fixable. Evans’ size and average athleticism (relative) will be the biggest knocks against him (actually they already are, according to The Ringer’s excellent draft profile).But here’s the thing about Evans. The things he does best (think, make solid decisions) are the same things that can overcome an inability to finish around the rim. I’m convinced that with the NBA operates he can out-think his lack of stature, if that makes any sense at all.He’ll also be aided by better athletes in the NBA than Mitch Solomon and Lucas N’Guessan with which he can run the pick and roll. That, combined with better decision-making on his passes and better athletes around him in general, will erase so many of his flaws.I’m not saying the downsides aren’t there. I’m only saying that I think he has the makeup to overcome them in the proper situation offensively. Evans is excellent at controlling his body and manipulating his way around a basketball court. I think despite his diminutive-ness, he’ll find success as a pro.The bigger concern for me is on the defensive end. Can Jawun Evans guard John Wall? Heck, can he guard Yogi Ferrell? That should (and probably will) be the bigger issue come draft night in June. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

2018 Tight End Nic McTear Decommits from Oklahoma State

first_imgIt was bound to happen eventually.Oklahoma State has officially lost their first commit of the 2018 class. Earlier today, 3-star tight end Nic McTear announced he was de-committing from the Cowboys and opening up his recruitment.“Nothing negative against Coach Gundy and the Oklahoma State coaching staff, I just need a chance to see what all is out there as I find the best fit for me,” he said on Twitter. “I’m announcing my de-commitment from Oklahoma State and opening my recruiting back up.”McTear was the third pledge of the 2018 class when he picked the Cowboys back on February 6th. Since then, however, his recruitment has picked up significantly, adding seven more offers from TCU, LSU, Auburn, Miami, Colorado, Baylor, and Houston to bring his total to 13.AdChoices广告While he does not say OSU is out of the running, I don’t expect to see McTear sign with the Cowboys on signing day next year.The likelihood of OSU not losing a commit at somepoint was slim. That’s not a slight against OSU or McTear for that matter. It’s the way the game is played. That’s what happens with 17, 18 year old high school kids who are getting bombarded from every angle by teams, coaches, friends, and family with ideas about where they should attend college.With the loss of McTear, OSU now has 16 commits for 2018. Expect to see the coaching staff now focus on finding another tight end recruit to fill McTear’s spot before national signing day. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Photos: Oklahoma State Puts on Pads for Fall Camp

first_imgOklahoma State has one full week of practice under its belt for the 2017 season, and this was the last chance for photographers to catch a glimpse. We were in Stillwater on Saturday, and Jackson Lavarnway took some awesome photos for us as we inch closer to the first game on August 31. Hope you enjoy.AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more