DD Competition: Get a €50 Arena 7 voucher – show us your best Halloween costume!

first_imgThis weekend will see all sorts of weird and wonderful get-ups in Donegal, and we want to see the most fang-tastic!The most clever and creative costumes deserve special recognition, and with the help of Arena 7 Letterkenny, we will reward the winner for their efforts.The most wickedly-wonderful winner will receive a €50 voucher, to be used in whatever part of the Arena 7 entertainment complex that they wish – from the Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant to Bowling World to Wayne’s World Adventure Centre. All you have to do is post a photo in the Facebook comments section of this story. The competition is open to all – just as long as the costumes are frightfully good. You have until 9am Tuesday, November 1 to enter. Good luck!DD Competition: Get a €50 Arena 7 voucher – show us your best Halloween costume! was last modified: October 29th, 2016 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

With walk-off homer, Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski joins his grandfather in exclusive club

first_img … Mike Yastrzemski not only boosted the Giants on Sunday with a walk-off home run — his first as a major leaguer — but he may have inspired a Final Jeopardy! clue.Q: On July 21, 2019, Mike Yastrzemski hit a walk-off home run to lift the Giants over the Mets. Carl Yastrzemski, Mike’s grandfather, hit four walk-offs in his Hall of Fame career. Are these the only grandfather and grandson to both hit major league walk-offs?Player 1: “Yes.”Alex: “That is incorrect, and you lose everything.”last_img read more

Butterflies Invented LEDs First

first_imgLight-emitting diodes (LEDs) were a prized invention of physicists, improved greatly in 2001, but now we find butterflies invented them first.  We already knew that butterfly wings achieve their shimmering iridescence by means of photonic crystals (01/29/2003), as do some birds (10/13/2003), but now it appears that the butterflies have even more exotic tricks up their sleeves: they have true LEDs.    Pete Vukusic of Exeter and Ian Hooper of MIT were startled to see the wings of African swallowtails shine super-bright under ultraviolet light.  They reported in Science this week that the photonic crystals absorb UV and re-radiate it in a blue-green portion of the visible spectrum where the butterfly’s eye is particularly sensitive.  Not only that, the photonic crystals are shaped in a cylindrical way to prevent side-scattering, are spaced for maximum effect, and contain reflective surfaces to focus the light straight out of the tubular shafts.  This makes them “all but identical in design to the LED,” said Vukusic.  Being able to emit powerful light without a semiconductor or power source makes the feat “doubly efficient in a way,” he said.  It’s not just an analogy calling this structure an LED, he explained – that is really how it works.  The researchers feel that their results will help engineers improve manmade devices.  “When you study these things and get a feel for the photonic architecture available, you really start to appreciate the elegance with which nature put some of these things together,” he said.  Sources: BBC News, MSNBC, LiveScience and News@Nature.There was little mention of evolution in any of the papers, except that the BBC article stated that the butterflies “had been using this method for 30 million years,” and News@Nature mentioned in passing that the system had “evolved to direct the emitted light outwards” without venturing to say how.  All the evolutionists seemed so amazed that a butterfly figured this out.  Even Ker Than, Mr. Dogmatic Darwinist and ID-Basher, didn’t dare speculate about how this precision optical system evolved.  To top that, Nature, that Darwinese foghorn, actually subtitled their piece, “Butterflies shine brighter by design.”  Cowabunga!  Are they beginning to see the light?    Think about the fact that a butterfly goes through an egg, caterpillar, and chrysalis stage.  In that last stage, all its guts are transformed into precision LEDs, flight software and hardware, vision, incredibly-sensitive olfactory systems and much, much more.    Kids should get out with their butterfly nets and learn some creation science like they always have.  Only now, they should learn some physics and optical electronics, too.  Sounds like some good Science Fair material here.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Press release: South Africa drops three places in nation brand index

first_imgBrand South Africa released South Africa’s performance in the 2017 Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index (NBI), which sees South Africa’s ranking dropping by three points from 35th to 38th out of 50 nations overall.South Africa’s ranking in the 2017 Anholt Nation Brand Index has dropped three places.Johannesburg, Tuesday 05 December 2017 – The NBI measures six pillars: Exports, Governance, Immigration & Investment – which are considered a country’s hard performance measures; as well as Culture, People and Tourism – which are considered a country’s soft powers.While the country’s ranking slides back three positions, it is important to note that in terms of its statistical score, we see an improvement of 0.73 in comparison to last year’s results. Furthermore, the statistical scores in each of the six pillars also improves, with the strongest upward movement in People, Immigration & Investment, and Governance pillars.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research, Dr Petrus de Kock presented the details of the findings at a recent South African Competitiveness Forum hosted by Brand South Africa – which was a consultative platform with South African Multinationals,State Owned Entities, and Exporters to discuss how to position the Nation Brand.Commenting on the NBI results, Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “From the 2017 NBI it becomes apparent that there are no short-cuts to the development of a reputable global reputation. There are two dimensions to this, firstly, by spending on pure marketing which will enhance a country’s reputation, and secondly, a country’s contribution to the global arena, and how this is received/perceived by audiences, is a determining factor in shaping a Nation’s brand reputation.”The NBI study results also indicate that South Africans have a strong positive self-perception, placing their home country 19th overall, 6th for Culture, 7th for Tourism, and 4th for People.“While the self-perception of the Nation Brand is relatively healthy (with the exception of governance) it is interesting to observe which nations rank South Africa better and/or worse the previous year. In this regard nations such as Japan, South Korea, and Turkey,and to a lesser degree, Egypt has a relatively negative perception of South Africa.“South Africa is notably strong in India, Germany, France, and the UK. Although the following countries have varied perceptions of South Africa across the pillars, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Italy, and Sweden show a generally positive disposition towards the country.However, governance, and perceptions of investment & immigration environments, are areas which call for much improvement,” added Dr Makhubela.Brand South Africa tracks a wide variety of indices, reputation indicator studies, and commissioned research to monitor the nation brand’s competitiveness and reputation standings. The Nation Brand Index (NBI) is an important instrument through which Brand South Africa can track perceptions of South Africa, on the six pillars of the Nation Brand Hexagon.last_img read more

Pitching Without a Pitch Deck

first_imgaudrey watters Tags:#start#tips Startups often put a lot of work into a pitch deck. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, you don’t want to be stuck delivering a presentation to potential investors which is eminently awful because of your slides.But here’s a piece of advice that may run counter to “build good slides.” And that’s “be ready to ditch the slides altogether.”To do so certainly demands that you’re ready and able to deliver a compelling story and demo in order to pitch your startup.Primers and Pitch DecksInvestor Mark Suster wrote a post last week, a primer on raising VC funds. Part of the post addresses the pitch deck, including what slides he recommends you include in it. A problem definition, details on the solution, a bio of top 3 people in the company, market size, exit possibilities, and so on — all in hort sentences, bullet points, easy to read. (Read the whole post. I’m not doing it justice here.)Following Suster’s post, several other investors wrote responses arguing that, while Suster’s recommendations for VC fundraising were solid, the pitch deck wasn’t necessarily something that they cared too much about.Bryce Roberts of O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures responded with his argument for a “secret weapon” – the whiteboard. Rather than deliver a pitch that echoes the same format of multitudes of other presentations – one during which your audience is more likely to tune out simply because the format is so predictable – consider stepping up to a whiteboard for a different, more active sort of presentation.“When an entrepreneur steps to the whiteboard the energy in the room totally changes. There’s movement, there’s action, there’s something happening that requires attention. The conversation moves from consuming images on a screen in lean back mode, to active engagement. Half baked ideas get refined, new ideas emerge and a two way dialog develops where a one way homologue once was,” writes Roberts.Telling Your Story to InvestorsJason Baptiste, whose startup OnSwipe just raised $1 million in a seed round led by Spark Capital and Betaworks, agrees.He too stresses the importance of being able to step away from a reliance on the PowerPoint slides in order to engage more actively with potential investors. Baptiste said that OnSwipe found great success in being able to deliver a strong demo along with a compelling story. While he says he did have a pitch deck, he and his co-founders offered to skip it, something that investors readily agreed to, during the pitch.Baptiste echoes Roberts, arguing that by freeing oneself from the presentation mode that a PowerPoint seems to dictate, he was able to give a much more engaging pitch to potential investors.The funding for OnSwipe was raised in a marathon 30 days, something Baptise says the company was able to do by really targeting the right funds – those interested in media and tech. (Baptiste’s startup OnSwipe is a publishing platform for tablets.) But this too points to the way in which the entrepreneurs were able to enter the room with potential investors and engage in a compelling presentation – without relying on slides to tell their story or demo their product. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Vanguardia hopes Phelp’s return helps them get over playoff hump

first_imgRather than be down, the soft-spoken mentor has every reason to feel optimistic as he expects Eugene Phelps to return for another tour of duty for the Fuel Masters in the upcoming 2017 Governors’ Cup.“Hopefully, with Eugene Phelps helping us next conference, he can help us get that first playoff win which is very elusive,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhoenix has made it to three straight playoffs after missing the boat in its first conference when it entered the league last season. Unfortunately, it met famed foes in all of those tries and quickly bid its title hopes goodbye.That fact isn’t lost on the mentor. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pumaren, Cone surprised to get techs for trying to pacify Tenorio, Romeo View comments LATEST STORIES Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia quickly shrugged off his disappointment after the Fuel Masters suffered another quarterfinal exit, this time at the hands of San Miguel, 115-96, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT But this time, the man Vanguardia fondly calls “El Destructor” will once again be in the country for the long haul.“He’s lock and loaded,” he said. “He has already signed with us and is committed with us.”Phelps saw action for only a game this past conference, recording 53 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks in Phoenix’s conference-opening 118-116 double-overtime victory over Blackwater.With Phelps in tow, Vanguardia believes that the high-scoring import is the cure to the Fuel Masters’ succession of futility.“We’re staying positive. We got to get over that hump and hopefully by next conference we get that first playoff win for Phoenix,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudscenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Shraddha is a very dear friend, I am yet to find love: Aditya Roy Kapur

first_imgAditya Roy Kapur, who is ready with his next release in romantic comedy Dawat-E-Ishq, says he is yet to discover love in real life. The film has been directed by National-award-winner Habib Faisal and also stars Parineeti Chopra.Aditya Roy Kapur plays a cook named Tariq, who is from Lucknow while Parineeti is a sales representative from Hyderabad in the movie, releasing on September 19.”I have been in a relationship and which I thought was love but it was not. I am still discovering love. Hopefully, I will be meeting the right person one day. But I am not looking for it actively. If it has to happen, it will,” Aditya said.The buzz in B-Town is that he is dating his Aashiqui 2 co-star Shraddha Kapoor.When asked about Shraddha, Aditya said, “She is a very dear friend and that’s it. The media has written a lot about us and I believe that is part and parcel of being an actor.”Aditya Roy Kapur is said to be dating Shraddha KapoorAditya believes that media focuses more on his personal life than his career. “I don’t get affected by all these stories. My mood doesn’t depend on what I read. What matters to me is how my family and close friends feel.”Aditya Roy Kapur says he had to read up a lot to prepare for his role in the movie.”The zone which I have entered in the film is completely alien to me. I have never been to Lucknow and I can’t cook. The best I can do is make coffee, scrambled eggs and Maggi! I completely went with his direction. My father is an excellent cook so I took a few chopping lessons from him which really came handy during the shoots.”advertisementAditya will be seen in a new avatar in the film as he will be sporting a crew cut with ‘surma’ in his eyes.”As an actor I feel one should use his look to trick people. My director wanted me to adapt this look as he felt the audience needed to see a new character on screen.”Aditya, who will be starting his new film Fitoor next month with veteran actress Rekha and Katrina Kaif, feels a film takes time to happen.”Post Aashiqui 2 I wanted to see how the industry reacted to my performance. That took about two months and then I waited for a few good projects. Before signing Dawat- E-Ishq I came across few more offers but none of them interested me. This film has a soul and I went for it. And to sign and shoot for the film it took another few months.”Aditya’s siblings include producer Siddharth Roy Kapur and actor Kunal Roy Kapur, who has done films like Delhi Belly and Nautanki Saala. The trio has not discussed about doing a film together.”Actually, the thought never occurred to us. I can’t just call up Siddharth and ask him to make a film where all of us will be part of. We are all a close knit family. Vidya Balan is an excellent actress we all look upto her. Every Sunday we meet for lunch whenever we are in Mumbai and we all talk about several things.”Aditya, whose earlier films London Dreams and Action Replayy did not work at the box office, is happy with the way his career is shaping up post Aashiqui 2.”I am happy that post Aashiqui 2, I am getting opportunities to work with big names. Life has given me a chance. I never looked at my failures? I wish to continue my journey doing better films in coming years.”last_img read more