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first_imgThe annual Arranmore RNLI fundraiser that took place in September has proudly raised an impressive €5,000, the organisers have announced. The grand donation was presented to the Lifeboat Service this week to fund the vital service for all the islands and coastal communities.The group organised a fundraising night at the Waterfront Hotel Dungloe where €5000 was also raised on the night for Cancer Care West. A spokesperson for the group said: “A massive thank you to Pat Boyle (PJ Boyle Construction), Martina Rafferty, all the team at The Waterfront Hotel Dungloe and to everyone who attended and donated at our annual fundraiser in September.“A sincere thank you to everyone who helped and donated at this fantastic and important event for two very important charities.“We hope to see you all again on Saturday 28th September 2019 for our next fundraiser at The Waterfront Hotel.“Go raibh míle maith agaibh uilig ó foireann Bád tarrthala Arainn Mhóir.” Over €10,000 raised at annual Arranmore RNLI fundraiser was last modified: March 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Arranmore RNLIlast_img read more


first_imgAlmost a week has passed by, and some Warriors fans still have not gotten over it. They want to know: Why did Kevin Durant leave the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets?In fairness, other Warriors fans are curious about other things. They want to know how the Warriors will finalize the rest of their roster. Or the likelihood that a trade happens next season. Or how the team will look itself. All of which sets up for a comprehensive mailbag.Here are a few appetizers first. I dove into Warriors …last_img read more


first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#social networks#web marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit FriendFeed is a very unusual social network, but we’ve long suspected it represents the future of social networking. We got one of the first interviews with Taylor and Buchheit eighteen months ago and that podcast is still one of the best ways to learn about how FriendFeed works.Now that the service has been live for some time, here are the most important parts of it that will likely influence the way Facebook works.1. Public Profiles and Content Facebook started out as a site where you couldn’t see the pages and posts of people you didn’t know. It still retains a lot of that flavor, but this summer Facebook started moving toward a much more public and less private experience.FriendFeed is very public. Everyones’ profiles and postings on the site are public and the software has a very interesting flow that prompts people to discover new users that they have no connection with other than conversation around a common topic. FriendFeed’s innovations in managing very public conversation will likely come in handy for Facebook as that site opens up more and more too. It’s a sensitive subject, as most Facebook users like the privacy orientation just like it is, so bringing in some top minds on fast, frictionless, public social networking is a smart move by Facebook.2. In-depth ConversationsConversations around shared items on FriendFeed make Facebook look like MySpace. It’s not that FriendFeed has more sophisticated users – though by being limited to early adopters so far is part of that. it’s because of a key difference in the architecture of FriendFeed. When I post something to FriendFeed, all of my friends see it. If one of them comments on it or “likes” it, then two things happen that don’t happen on Facebook. First, our conversation suddenly appears in the news feed of all the friends of the person who commented on my item – whether they know me or not. That doesn’t happen on Facebook. I can see the names of people who comment on my friends’ items – but if my friends comment on items shared by their friends I don’t know – there’s no notification of that in my news feed.Second, whenever anyone comments on or “likes” any item that’s appeared in my stream of friends’ updates – it’s pushed back up to the top of my FriendFeed page. That makes it all the more likely that I will comment on it again or for the first time. These two features lead to one thing: big, diverse, thorough conversations around items shared on FriendFeed. It’s a defining quality of the service and one that Facebook users might really like to have as an option.When FriendFeed users complain that Facebook is stupid and filled with dumb apps (remember complaining about how ugly MySpace was?) it’s in large part because the conversation on FriendFeed has a lot more depth to it.Neither of these features are as simple as described above. FriendFeed’s Buchheit told us by phone today that both have a lot of complex rules that have evolved around them based on the experience of having this kind of social software in the wild. Learning what kinds of content to cross over from one social group to another and how to decay the prominence of conversations over time are among the skills that the FriendFeed team can no doubt offer Facebook.3. Cross Group InteractionsYou meet new people on FriendFeed. They show up again and again in conversations with your friends until you make some of those new people friends of your own. That’s very different from Facebook, where you connect with people you already knew from real life.4. Multiple Network AggregationConversation starters on FriendFeed don’t just come from people inputting text right into FriendFeed – most of it comes from content pulled automatically in from other networks. Especially Twitter. (From a technical perspective, you have to wonder if Twitter is going to turn off full “firehose” access to FriendFeed this afternoon or if they’ll wait until tomorrow morning. Twitter can’t be excited about giving their crown jewels to Facebook all the sudden.)Bookmarks, slide presentations, videos favorited on YouTube – all kinds of other social networks get synced up with your FriendFeed account and then get pulled in automatically to be discussed on FriendFeed. That’s one of the best things about FriendFeed – you can follow a person and see what they are doing across all kinds of other sites, whether you participate as well in those other sites or not.That’s quite different from the way that Facebook has tried to pull items in one at a time through Facebook Connect.Thousands of people are helping FriendFeed stay valuable even though they never use the service anymore – they synced up their other accounts and their activity there is still being pulled in automatically so their friends can view it on FriendFeed.5. Real Time UpdatesFacebook is definitely interested in real time updates, and they offer a version of real time streaming already. FriendFeed feels a lot more real time though. On FriendFeed you don’t get notification that there are new messages – you get served up the messages, comments, likes and other information as they happen using a technology called Long Polling. It can be overwhelming for the uninitiated – but so was the Facebook News Feed when it was launched.We wouldn’t be surprised if some of the real time features of FriendFeed found their way into Facebook. FriendFeed’s Buchheit told us earlier this year that he believes real time conversation is the next big step on the web.How realistic is cross pollination?We talked to Buchheit on the phone this afternoon in what was a nice but relatively superficial PR phone call. He cautioned that he “wouldn’t read too much into future Facebook development” because the two companies “have different histories.” But he also said that he was interested in joining Facebook’s team because the companies have “the same long term view.” When asked for specifics on what exactly that means, Facebook’s VP of Engineering Mike Schroepfer said he had to “decline to go into specifics.” But said there was “a long standing mutual admiration, both products have evolved with each other.”We fully expect that Facebook gave up a respectable chunk of stock and cash to get the FriendFeed guys into their offices and not just to keep the chairs warm. FriendFeed will likely change Facebook in important ways and for now looking at how FriendFeed works is the best set of clues we have available. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos It’s going to be a little like the Brady Bunch, this union between Facebook and the just-acquired social networking service FriendFeed. Both families will influence each other a lot, though Facebook is far, far bigger. (The youngest one in curls!)FriendFeed was co-founded by Paul Buchheit, the man who invented GMail, and by Bret Taylor, who co-founded Google Maps. They both made enough money from being early Google Employees that they never needed to work again and didn’t need to sell to Facebook – but they joined Facebook because they wanted the work they’d done on FriendFeed to change the world of social networking. Here’s what they bring to Facebook; it’s probably going to change Facebook a lot.last_img read more


first_imgA court here on Saturday recalled the non-bailable warrants issued in a case against BJP MLA Sangeet Som, after he appeared before it. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Madhu Gupta withdrew the warrants issued against Som for allegedly violating prohibitory orders and blocking a road, after the BJP MLA furnished bonds of ₹40,000 in the court. The magistrate directed Som to appear in court on the next date of hearing. The court had issued the warrants against Som on July 31 after he failed to appear before it. It had earlier rejected the BJP MLA’s plea for exemption from personal appearance. Meanwhile, talking to reporters, Som said he had not changed his stand on Taj Mahal. The BJP MLA from Sardhana had last month said the Taj Mahal was built by an emperor who had imprisoned his own father and targeted many Hindus in his kingdom.last_img read more


first_imgIrish ChickenTrent JohnstonIreland’s Trent Johnston has become very popular with children with his chicken dance. “I had decided not to reprise it (chicken dance) in this tournament, but the kids kept pestering me so I decided that if I knocked over a top player, I would do it. If I get Chris Gayle or Graeme Smith’s wicket, there will be dancing,” the 36-year-old pacer said. He could not get Smith and Gayle did not play against Ireland. Johnston did dance when he got Virender Sehwag’s wicket though. Late BloomerImran TahirImran Tahir was 30 when left Pakistan in 2006. His dream of playing international cricket was going nowhere. A chance meeting with a woman from Durban changed his life. He followed her to South Africa, became a citizen and soon came to the notice of the selectors. Tahir dedicates his success to wife Sumayya. “I always believed that I was going to play international cricket, especially after I got married,” he says.   Baby ShowerRicky PontingAustralian captain Ricky Ponting and his wife Rianna are expecting their second child in September. “Rianna and Ricky are extremely excited. The baby is due in September,” says Ponting’s manager James Henderson. Ponting is expected to return to Australia next month immediately after the World Cup before going to Bangladesh on April 9 for an away series. If the Australians retain the Cup, it would surely be Ponting’s present to the newborn.- by Kaushik Dekalast_img read more