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Weather warning: Many parts of Donegal flooded

first_imgMany parts of Donegal are under water this morning following severe overnight rain.Motorists are being advised to slow down with a number of minor accidents already reported.The Harry Blaney bridge over Mulroy Bay is flooded on the Fanad side and people are advised to approach it with care. The Main Street in Newtowncunningham is also flooded and Donegal County Council are on route to unblock drains there.Other areas suffering from severe surface water include Ballybofey, Manorcunningham and on the Cstlefin to Lifford Road.Gardai are advising people to slow down when driving through water and not to take any chances.Weather warning: Many parts of Donegal flooded was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:donegalFLOODINGrainWarningweatherlast_img read more

Geocaching.com Caption Contest 25 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

first_imgShare your genius for witty captions in the 25th installment of our Geocaching.com Caption Contest. You could earn a barely coveted prize. What caption would you write? “Geocaching, out standing in its field.” You can do better!Barely coveted prizeSubmit your caption by clicking on “Comments” below. Please include your geocaching username in all entries. Then, explore the captions other geocachers posted.You can influence the voting. “Like” the caption that you think should win.  If you think your caption should win, convince your fellow geocachers to “like” your caption. Lackeys vote to decide the winner of the contest.The winner receives a barely coveted prize from Groundspeak Headquarters. This contest the barely coveted prize is a biodegradable Cache In Trash Out garbage bag.Click on the image to discover the winning caption from this contest21 Lackeys voted to award the winner of the 24th Geocaching.com Caption Contest a barely coveted prize. Click on the image at right to discover the winning caption from the previous Geocaching.com Caption Contest.Explore all the past winners by checking out all the Geocaching.com Caption Contests.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Caption Contest 19 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJanuary 5, 2011In “Community”Geocaching.com Caption Contest 17 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeNovember 24, 2010In “Community”Geocaching Caption Contest 20 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJanuary 18, 2011In “Community” WINNING CAPTION: Why do people keep signing my mail and leaving little army men and hot-wheels? – Team Snooklast_img read more

Weekly Wrapup: The Web in 5 Years, Hulu’s Plans, Google Wave Use Cases, And More…

first_imgTags:#Features#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Mobile Web’s Explosive Growth Mobile ad firm AdMob has revealed the dramatic changes the mobile industry has seen in their latest Mobile Metrics Report. It was only a year ago that the Motorola RAZR scored as the number one phone in America. One year later and half of the top ten are touchscreen devices, six include Wi-Fi capabilities, and six have mobile application stores. And as you would expect, this new crop of super-powered phones are making heavy use of the mobile web. Why Aren’t VCs Backing Augmented Reality? Some people believe that Augmented Reality (AR), the class of technologies that place images or data on top of other views of the physical world, could be the web browser of the future. AR has rocketed out of the research labs and is catching mass market interest fast – e.g. mobile phones displaying restaurant reviews when you look through your phone’s camera. Why then are VCs not investing more in Augmented Reality? Here are three reasons why we think investment in this sector has been slow so far.Facebook Announces Roadmap for Developers This week Facebook published a developer roadmap outlining upcoming relevant changes and a rough timeline for each. Changes include developer access to user emails, more prominent app displays on user profiles, all-new homepage dashboards for apps and games, and improvements to Open Graph and Analytics APIs. Read on for details and screenshots of the new faces of Facebook apps.SEE MORE WEB TRENDS COVERAGE IN OUR TRENDS CATEGORYReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise, devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. Calendaring, Scheduling Meetings: Timebridge CEO Interview Reveals Strategic Importance of This Space We have looked at Calendaring many times (such as in our round-up of 10 players). In our own work, we have started working with both Tungle and Doodle. To understand more about why this market is strategically interesting, we recently spoke with Yori Nelken, CEO of Timebridge (see our previous coverage here).ReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.Paul Graham: Priority Access to Twitter Is Practical Necessity If hardcore hackers had any doubts whether the real-time web was a legitimate development environment, Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham is dispelling them. In an interview with Graham, ReadWriteWeb learned that the entrepreneur-turned-investor issued a “Request for Startups” (RFS) asking for ideas from companies utilizing Twitter and Justin.tv’s live video API. Groups who are accepted to Y-Combinator and fall under these categories will be given “priority access” to Twitter and Justin.tv. SEE MORE STARTUPS COVERAGE IN OUR READWRITESTART CHANNELWeb ProductsGoogle Wave Use Cases: EducationGoogle Wave is a much hyped new Internet-based communications and collaboration platform. It was announced at the end of May, released as a ‘Preview’ product shortly after and 100,000 more invites were made available at the end of September. Early users reported mixed feelings. But one month after Google Wave was opened to tens of thousands of people, how are people using it now? What use cases are being discovered? We started this series by looking at the education sector. Web TrendsGoogle’s Eric Schmidt on What the Web Will Look Like in 5 Years Google CEO Eric Schmidt envisions a radically changed internet five years from now: dominated by Chinese-language and social media content, delivered over super-fast bandwidth in real time. Figuring out how to rank real-time social content is “the great challenge of the age,” Schmidt said in an interview in front of thousands of CIOs and IT Directors at last week’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Orlando 2009. In this edition of the Weekly Wrapup – our newsletter summarizing the top stories of the week – we analyze how Google CEO Eric Schmidt thinks the Web will evolve, review Hulu’s latest plans to make money, investigate use cases for Google Wave, ask why VCs aren’t investing in Augmented Reality, review the latest Mobile Web statistics, and more. We also check in on our two main channels: ReadWriteEnterprise (devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ trends and products) and ReadWriteStart (dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs). Subscribe to Weekly WrapupYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapup by RSS or by email (form below).RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting What are Hulu’s Mysterious Plans? Everyone is looking to Hulu as the future of Internet TV. A joint venture between several major networks, Hulu delivers free, ad-supported programming via online streams – an untested model for long-term profitability, at least when it comes to television. While consumers have been enjoying the service since its launch in 2007, recent statements by a News Corp exec have people wondering: can Hulu make the ad-supported model work? Or does the company have other plans? Google Launches Music Search: Partners with MySpace, Lala, Gracenote and OthersThis week Google announced the launch of Google Music. This new service is powered by Lala and MySpace’s iLike. Other partners include Gracenote, iMeem, Pandora and Rhapsody. Google has also partnered with the major music labels: EMI, Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music. Through Lala and iLike, Google will also be able to feature music from a large number of independent labels.Google Search Gets Personal: Social Search Launches in Google LabsSocial Search went live in Google Labs this week. Google announced that it was working on this Social Search feature at the Web 2.0 Summit last week. Social Search taps into a user’s social network profiles and displays relevant links and status updates that members of a user’s own social network have shared at the bottom of the default search results page. According to Google, Social Search will enhance the search experience on Google by providing users with more personally relevant search results.Brizzly Adds Facebook – Aims to be The Blogger.com of Social MediaBrizzly wants to be to microblogging what Blogger.com was to blogging five years ago. Currently, Brizzly offers a user-friendly browser-based interface for Twitter and Facebook. The Facebook integration went live this weekand more social media applications will be added as the product evolves. Brizzly shares much of the same philosophy as Blogger. It’s simple to use and aims to make microblogging easy to understand and use by a mainstream audience.Currently Brizzly is in private beta, but ReadWriteWeb has scored 2000 invites for our readers to test it out! (see the post for the code). SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Housing Inefficiency’s Tenacious Companion: Climate Change

first_imgAt least three stories published this week home in on problems associated with climate change, with one story focused on the politics of climate change legislation, another aimed at challenges to limiting greenhouse gas emissions caused by home energy use, and the third on what the science community says will happen should we fail to significantly reduce emissions sooner rather than later.An article in Wednesday’s New York Times offered a sober assessment of the prospects for U.S. Senate adoption of a bill to combat global warming – a bill that almost certainly would be weaker than the American Clean Energy and Security Act, more commonly known as the Waxman-Markey bill, or H.R. 2454, passed by the House of Representatives in June.The House bill has a provision that would require a 17% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (the original target was 20%) and an 83% reduction by 2050 from 2005 levels through a cap-and-trade system. The House bill also calls for the establishment and nationwide implementation of improved building energy code, a provision opposed by many industry groups, including the National Association of Home Builders. The national code would mandate a 30% increase in efficiency over 2006 IECC requirements upon enactment, a 50% increase by 2014, and a 75% increase by 2029.A Capitol Hill WorkaroundAs the Times story explains, Senator John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, have teamed up to try to create consensus on climate change legislation. But they are focusing more on a bill that, as Graham put it, would create jobs, whether by drilling for offshore oil or building wind turbines. The cap-and-trade option has, for this year at least, been nudged off the table and into the dumper.The two other stories, meanwhile, suggest that the more prudent long-term course of action for our Senate lawmakers would in fact be to hew very closely to H.R. 2454 rather than retreat from key measures such as cap-and-trade and national code.Dailyclimate.org, a division of nonprofit Environmental Health Services that provides overviews of news coverage related to climate change, on Monday posted a story highlighting challenges to improving the energy efficiency of housing in the U.S. The article cited an almost 5% increase since 2007 in the number of homes built to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star standard, but also noted that those homes accounted for only about 17% of the new inventory.Selling efficiency to homebuyersThe story cites comments by Sam Rashkin, the national director of the EPA’s Energy Star Homes program, that illuminate housing’s role in emissions. Home energy use, he says, accounts for 16% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. But he adds that even though 99% of its homes are poorly insulated and sealed, most could be made at least 30% more energy efficient with cost-effective improvements.Among the principal challenges are finding ways to help prospective homebuyers and current homeowners manage the costs and understand the benefits of energy efficiency. One priority: urge the mortgage industry to more prominently market “energy efficient” mortgages, which roll the cost of energy efficiency improvements into the mortgage. Marketing the benefits of energy efficiency in a convincing way may be the tougher challenge, but also the most expedient one, the story points out.“Consumers really, really need more information about efficient homes,” Aleisha Khan, executive director of the Building Codes Assistance Project, told Dailyclimate. “They just aren’t getting it.”Scientists reemphasize a pointAs if to remind everyone of the urgency of the situation, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit advocacy group formed in 1969 by MIT faculty and students, posted a news release on Tuesday that reiterates climate scientists’ imperatives regarding greenhouse gas emissions.The UCS points out that a failure by the U.S. to pass a comprehensive climate bill in the coming months – including a provision that would require emissions cuts at least 80% below 2005 levels by 2050 – would lock in the worst consequences of climate change, most especially the trapping of heat by the earth’s atmosphere. The quickest and by far least expensive way to deal with the problem, the scientists say, is to act this year.Intended to fire up interest in the subject before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Wednesday, the group targets as in adequate the compromise proposal being floated in the Senate, and says it includes loopholes and exemptions that “would do less to promote renewable energy sources than state policies already in place.”H.R. 2454, on the other hand, would put a price on carbon emissions and offer a mix of market incentives compelling enough to make its carbon cap goals realistic, UCS says.“Economists agree that a carbon price is a critical, cost-effective way for the United States to reduce its emissions and transition to a clean energy economy,” UCS economist Rachel Cleetus says in the memo. “A strong cap would encourage investments in clean energy sources and energy efficiency and help ensure that U.S. companies capture a share of the growing global market in clean technologies. Green is the new red, white and blue.”last_img read more

Xbox One Finally Supports External Storage, Frees Netflix And Takes (Real) Names

first_imgWhen it comes to Microsoft and the Xbox (as with Apple earlier this week), ask and ye shall receive. A major monthly update rolling out to users finally adds much-requested support for external storage, allowing Xbox One users to plug in up to two USB 3.0 256GB or larger external hard drives to supplement the console’s 500GB internal hard drive.The Xbox 360 worked with external drives, but Microsoft rushed the Xbox One out the door last year without the feature. Given the way games and apps continue to grow in size and complexity, the Xbox One’s 500GB will go fast. At launch, a digital download of Xbox exclusive Titanfall weighed in at over 16GB—and saved games, additional map packs and expanded material could easily double that or more. (Many players also load disk-based games onto their hard drives for better performance.)The Xbox team suggests in the video below gamers can use their external drives to carry games to play on a friend’s Xbox One, although this process will still be a bit awkward, as players will still have to insert a game disk (or enter a digital sign-in) to verify a game before they can play it.Along with the good storage news comes word that Xbox One gamers can opt to include real names along with their Xbox user name, so you can keep track of who’s who in that 1,000 person long list of increasingly ironic gamertags. Privacy controls will allow users to control who sees real names on the platform, so you won’t have any disgruntled randos knocking at your door after a winning streak in Titanfall.Perhaps the most anticipated bit of the June Xbox update is that it expands entertainment apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Twitch, HBO GO, Machinima and over 150 others to all Xbox 360 and Xbox One users—no premium Xbox Live Gold subscription required. The move, originally announced by new Xbox lead Phil Spencer last month, is a refreshing pivot away from Xbox’s draconian premium subscription policy—one factor that might account for sluggish Xbox One sales out of the gate. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img taylor hatmaker Tags:#external storage#gaming#gaming consoles#Hulu#Microsoft#Netflix#streaming TV#video games#Xbox#xbox one 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more