DEAD WOMAN WAS SIXTH PERSON KILLED ON SAME STRETCH OF ROAD IN RECENT YEARS

first_imgThe young woman killed when her car collided with a bus in Co Donegal was the sixth person to be killed on the same stretch of road in recent years.The dead woman, named locally as Siobhan Hutcheon from Ardmore Manor in Muff, was killed instantly when her car was in collision with a Bus Eireann coach yesterday afternoon.The accident happened just after 3.30pm on Saturday on the N13 between Letterkenny and Newtowncunningham close to the townland of Ardee. Ms Hutcheon, who was in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.Three children in the car were rushed to Altnagelvin Hopsital in Derry and two are understood to be in a stable but critical condition.Accident scene investigators spent a number of hours at the scene of the crash on Saturday afternoon.The dead woman’s body was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where a post mortem was due to take place. It has now been revealed that six people including Ms Hutcheon have been killed in the past five years on the same stretch of road.Bizarrely two young men were killed on the exact same date as the latest fatal accident five years agoLife-long pals Gary McLaughlin, 21, and Darren Downey, 19, were killed in a single vehicle accident on May 4th, 2009.All victims including Ms Hutcheon wer rpayed for at the local All Saints Church in Manorcunningham today.Last night local county councillor Paul Canning, who lives close to the scene of the crash, revealed there was a plan to look at straightening the dangerous stretch of road. The road comes into a series of tight bends from two straight and long stretches from both the Letterkenny and Derry directions.Cllr Canning revealed “It is perhaps something we should look at again. I recall we even went as far as to consider purchasing land in the area in the event of straightening that stretch of road.“Perhaps we should at that again in the light of yet another crash and another lost life,” he said.DEAD WOMAN WAS SIXTH PERSON KILLED ON SAME STRETCH OF ROAD IN RECENT YEARS was last modified: May 4th, 2014 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:crashdonegalGardaiNewtowncunninghamSiobhan Hutcheonlast_img read more

Victor Moses ‘will complete £9m move to Chelsea’

first_imgWigan star Victor Moses is set to join Chelsea for £9m, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed that Latics chairman Dave Whelan has agreed to a deal worth less than the £10m he insisted it would take to prise the former Crystal Palace forward away from Wigan.Moses is now tipped to discuss personal terms and complete his move to Stamford Bridge.The Mirror also say Chelsea plan make-or-break talks with Marseille on Monday to try to land Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta – and that QPR’s Joey Barton is on the verge of a season-long loan move to Blackpool.It is claimed Barton is open to the idea of joining the Tangerines and that Blackpool are keen to sign him in order to get one over their neighbours Fleetwood Town.Barton, who is banned for the first 12 matches of the season, has been training with Fleetwood and it has been suggested that he could join them on loan.This page is regularly updated.See also:Saints confident of seeing off Chelsea’s interest in youngster – reportFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Yes, it is rocket science

first_imgSeen here during a class at Harvard,Siyabulela Xuza is one of the new younggeneration of Africans who are committedto developing the continent’s potential.(Image: Harvard School of Engineeringand Applied Sciences)MEDIA CONTACTS • Priscilla MoodleyNational Science Fair Director+27 11 894 1365 or +27 82 655 3605RELATED ARTICLES• Synthetic biology honour for students• SA pupils win World Literary Quiz• Fostering SA’s young scientists• SA women lead the way in science• Denel helps maths, science pupilsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterEngineering whizzkid Siyabulela Lethuxolo Xuza is a young man with a big future.From the early days of experimenting with science in his mother’s kitchen in the poor community of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, to international science and engineering accolades, he is now a role model for South Africa’s aspiring scientists.These days the darling of Nasa, who were so taken with him that they gave him a personal guided tour of their facilities, is the youngest member of the Africa 2.0 energy advisory panel.The pan-African organisation comprises the continent’s brightest minds and is committed to seeking sustainable solutions to challenges faced by Africans.In a March 2012 interview with US television network CBS, Xuza said that his current work is focusing on transforming homes into power plants “that capture the energy of the sun during the day and store some of it in fuel cells, for use at night”.Starting youngIn his own words, Xusa described the moment that sparked his lifelong passion for science.“I was chasing the roar of a Cessna plane dropping election pamphlets over Mthatha, my South African township,” he wrote on the America.gov website.“It was 1994, the first year of a new democracy in my country, and the sight of that technological marvel ignited in me a curiosity for science and a passion for using technology to engineer an African renaissance.”He was just five years old at the time. The youngster was also later inspired by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth’s trip into space in 2002, an event that was largely responsible for his long-standing interest in rocketry.His mother’s kitchen soon became the scene for much experimentation with formulations of jet and rocket fuel, but the informal laboratory had to be moved to the garage after a sticky incident with a too-hot stove.Xuza wasn’t deterred, and over the next few years he continued to work on the project, which culminated in the successful launch of a real home-built rocket, the Phoenix. This vehicle achieved a final height of over a kilometre and earned him the junior South African amateur high-powered altitude record.The rocket was propelled by Xuza’s own invention, a cheaper, safer type of rocket fuel, which became the subject of a project titled African Space: Fuelling Africa’s quest to space. It won a gold medal in the 2006 Eskom National Science Expo as well as a trip to the Nobel Prize ceremony in Sweden, where he presented his work to the Swedish king and queen.The same project took him to the 58th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as part of Team South Africa.Here the project was entered in the energy and transport category and won the 18-year-old, then a matric pupil on a scholarship at St John’s College in Johannesburg, a Best of Category award and a First award.Xuza also received the honour of having a celestial body named after him by the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, which is replacing the complicated scientific names of thousands of minor planets with more accessible names in honour of the world’s top achievers.The minor planet 23182 Siyaxuza circles the solar system in the main asteroid belt near Jupiter and takes 4.01 years to complete a single orbit. It was discovered in July 2000.Xuza has garnered numerous other accolades, including a fellowship in 2010 of the African Leadership Network, and in 2011 he was made a fellow of the international student-run Kairos Society. Membership to this global body is by invitation only.A bright futureMatriculating in 2007 with a string of As, it was almost guaranteed that Xuza would take up further studies at a prestigious institution – that turned out to be Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he became one of just 1 948 students accepted out of about 28 000 who applied.He started his engineering degree in September 2008, but wasn’t afraid to take up academic challenges such as debating, the Mandarin language, and world music. These interests, he said, would broaden his mind.The young man from the Eastern Cape also joined the Harvard Forum for International Leadership, a society that brings together students from all around the world to discuss global issues such as HIV/Aids, terrorism and the development of emerging economies, as well as the need for efficient energy solutions.“I may not be able to predict what the future holds,” he wrote on www.america.gov, “but I am excited at how my engineering education will enable me to achieve my aspirations for Africa.”last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — August 28, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cooler than normal temperatures and dry conditions were unwelcome for most growers when moisture and warm weather could have helped with grain fill and maturity, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the 20 USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.3 days available for fieldwork for the week ending August 27th, 2017. Soil moisture shortages grew as rainfall was fairly limited for most of the state. Effects of the extended dry period were evident statewide. Pastures and hay fields were turning brown, corn fired prematurely and some reports of soybean pods aborting were noted. Commercial vegetable harvest continued, and growers had more opportunities to harvest hay.Click here for the full reportlast_img read more

Futurist’s Cheat Sheet: Biometric Authentication

first_imgTags:#Features#Future Tech#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts dan rowinski 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The problem is not new. One way or another, people have to validate their identities. I am trying to enter a building or a Web service that only Joe Smith should have access to, I need to offer evidence that I am, indeed, Joe Smith. For decades, authentication has required cards and passwords. In the near future, you might just use a part of your body. (The “Futurist’s Cheatsheet” series surveys technologies on the horizon: their promise, how likely they are, and when they might become part of our daily lives. This article is Part 2.)What Is It?Use a thumb-print to unlock a door, an iris scan to unlock a smartphone. Maybe use your voice to interact with your mobile device, PC or television. Biometric data can be used for verification (say, allowing access to a personal bank account) or identification (say, identifying you to law enforcement agencies). How It WorksPick a body part, any body part. There is a good chance that it has a unique identifier that can be used authenticate an individual human. Of course, not all body parts have practical applications in all situations. For instance, hormone analysis would be an awkward choice of authentication for entry to a building. Criminal forensics provided an early proving ground: Identification based on fingerprints became a viable form of authentication in the late 1800s. DNA performs much the same function today. Cloud technology is giving rise to new, ubiquitous forms of biometric authentication. Physical identifiers for large groups of people can be uploaded to a server and used for purposes such as accessing data on a company computer, gaining access to secure buildings or unlocking smartphones. Storing biometric keys in the cloud makes it much easier for devices to recognize and recover the data and for users to put it to work.Potential ImpactThe rise of a digitally connected society has led technologists to propose the notion of “one true login.”  Today, you may have one password for Facebook, another for Gmail and so on. At the same time, you may have an ID card such as a driver’s license. Depending on where you work, you may have an ID badge that you have to scan to get into your office. What if all of these functions could be replaced with one biometric identifier unique to you? Such an innovation could improve personal and data security an dalso improve user experiences across a variety of devices. Much of modern computing has been built around the standard user interface: keyboard and screen. That is starting to change as computers, smartphones, tablets, and televisions incorporate cameras that recognize your face, touchscreens that know your fingerprint and microphones that recognize your voice. Quick, convenient biometric authentication would tie these devices more seamlessly into daily life.ChallengesThe technology for biometric authentication is already widely available. The true challenge comes in building an acceptable infrastructure where the technologies can be easily implemented. Part of the challenge is cost in replacing or augmenting legacy authentication methods such as the magnetic keycard system in a hotel or an enterprise. Another challenge is legal. Many states and countries have privacy laws on how certain types of biometric identifiers can be used, inhibiting how enterprises and commercial ventures can deploy these authentication methods. These privacy laws are important as people are extremely sensitive in how their biomedical is stored and used. When Will It Be Ready?Research firm Gartner focuses on the future business aspects of biometric authentication in its most recent Hype Cycle report, but the consumer realm poised to see practical applications. Smartphones can be unlocked through a variety of biometric keys such as voice, facial recognition or a fingerprint. Apple, Samsung and Microsoft will likely lead the way. Companies like Nuance are tuning mobile devices to the user’s voice. And enterprises won’t be far behind. Before long, companies will implement biometric authentication for onsite building access and smartphone security.Additional InformationBook — Anil K. Jain et al. — Introduction to BiometricsMichigan State University — Partial Face Recognition: Alignment-Free ApproachMicrosoft Research —  Progressive Authentication: Deciding When to Authenticate on Mobile  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more