LYIT granted €300,000 for business link programme

first_imgAlmost €300,000 funding has been announced for the Letterkenny Institute of Technology today under a new plan to drive links between higher education and businesses in the county.The funding package of €297,314 will be used to establish a Killybegs Marine Cluster and build partnerships between education and business to support regional enterprise.Minister Joe McHugh joined Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys T.D. to announce the Regional Technology Clustering Fund today. Minister McHugh said: “The big ambition here is to use the Killybegs cluster as a way to ignite innovation in the region and enhance the capabilities of homegrown businesses to build globally.“Ultimately it will help boost productivity and harness the opportunities from renewable energy on the North West coast.“The funding ties in perfectly with the Government’s Future Jobs strategy. The clustering will enable Letterkenny IT to engage with SMEs and multinationals. It’s about finding common areas of interest. It will help promote the educational and research remit in companies. And it will help cement the college’s role in responding to the skills challenges of today and tomorrow.“Letterkenny IT was one of just 12 institutions to have secured funding, so we should be proud of the forward thinking of the college and well done to everyone involved,” he said. The funding has been approved through the Regional Technology Clustering Fund which is administered by Enterprise Ireland. It is the first annual competitive fund of its kind.Minister McHugh added: “I am extremely keen to see more regional options being opened to school leavers.“There is a huge pool of talented, knowledgeable and experienced people in our enterprises and they are willing to bring on the next generation. Funding clusters like this is essential to get the partnerships between education and business to bed down and create opportunities for students to plot a career path and to support enterprise and industry to grow.”LYIT granted €300,000 for business link programme was last modified: December 6th, 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

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Leaders Man City win thriller at QPR

first_imgQPR 2 Manchester City 3 Yaya Toure’s 74th-minute header gave the Premier League leaders victory at Loftus Road, where QPR pushed them all the way.Jay Bothroyd headed home Joey Barton’s free-kick to give Rangers the lead and Edin Dzeko’s fine solo effort levelled the score on the stroke of half-time.A neat finish from David Silva put Manchester City ahead after the break before Heidar Helguson equalised with his third goal in four games.But Toure’s winner denied the R’s a second upset in two weeks against one of the division’s elite.After a humbling defeat away to Tottenham last week, QPR were glad to be back at home and hoping to emulate the 1-0 victory over Chelsea a fortnight ago.And although the result was not reproduced, their performance was arguably better.QPR striker Helguson netted his third goal in four matchesHelguson, whose penalty secured a the derby win over Chelsea, could have put Rangers ahead on two occassions in the opening quarter-of-an-hour, firing a volley just wide of the far post and then testing the hands of keeper Joe Hart after cutting inside from the right.Rangers surged forward in numbers and after winning a corner, Helguson had a third chance, steering a header wide.It was Bothroyd, though, who headed in the opener to put Rangers ahead after 28 minutes.After he was fouled wide on the right, the striker worked free of his marker to head the resulting free-kick from Barton beyond Hart. Just as it did against Chelsea, Loftus Road erupted.Rangers were unfazed by their opponents’ mesmerising ability to sweep down the other end and create chances, and the home fans thought a second goal was inevitable when Bothroyd rose again at the far post but headed wide a Jamie Mackie cross.But again, as quickly as QPR had fashioned the opportunity, City were down the other end and they had an equaliser a minute before half-time.Within seconds of James Milner advancing over the halfway-line, Dzeko cut inside from the left and beat two defenders with pace before firing inside keeper Paddy Kenny’s near post.The Hoops resumed the second half with the impetus and more trickery from Shaun Wright-Phillips gave Barton the opportunity to force a great save from Hart, but the following 15 minutes turned into something of a shooting gallery for the league leaders.And they took to the lead for the first time on 52 minutes.Again, Dzeko peeled away to the left touchline and crossed low to the feet of Silva. The Spaniard needed just a deathly touch to move past Danny Gabbidon and score.Both Dzeko and Aguero fired more shots the wrong side of the goal frame but it did nothing to deter the QPR spirit, and for this they deserved their 69th-minute equaliser through Helguson.The City defenders were livid in their calls for offside, but as he deflected home Bothroyd’s header he was short of the last defender and the goal was legal.But as much as Rangers deserved to draw level, the winning goal came after a serious lack of concentration at the back that allowed Toure to steal in between Gabbidon and Anton Ferdinand to head home.last_img read more

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Ninety years on golden wings

first_imgLooking like a hornet about to strike, theMirage IIICZ “Black Widow” preparesfor takeoff. (Image: Christo Crous, Patrick’s Aviation) The Silver Falcons thrilled the crowd withtheir daring aerobatics. (Image: Justin de Reuck) MEDIA CONTACTS • SAAF MuseumPublic relations+27 12 351 2290 RELATED ARTICLES • Choppers to curb 2010 crime• SA pilots bring air aid to Africa • Swedish army prefers SA vehicle • SA’s aerospace industry takes off • OR Tambo ready for World CupJanine ErasmusThe South African Air Force (SAAF) celebrates 90 years in the air this year – a milestone marked in August with a spectacular air show hosted by the South African Air Force Museum. The event was the only one scheduled to be hosted by the air force in 2010, and took place under the theme 90 Years on Golden Wings.SAAF is one of the world’s oldest air forces, established on 1 February 1920. The annual Air Force Day, held as close as possible to this date each year, was therefore especially meaningful in 2010.According to SAAF spokesperson Colonel Bill de Pinho, the air force is extremely proud of its history.“Over the years we’ve become known for our expertise and our fighting ability and fighting capabilities,” he said, “especially during World War Two and also during the Korean War.”De Pinho felt the air force should rather describe itself as “90 years young”, as there is still a long way to go.“We’ve gone through a lot of changes and I think especially that the acquisition of new aircraft has helped the air force to develop in a very positive manner.”The SAAF played an important role in security operations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which took place around South Africa in June and July.Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano, chief of the air force, said recently at a media briefing that during the World Cup the SAAF deployed over 2 200 personnel, conducted aerial surveillance, and provided backup for the police in terms of transport and supply.Operation Kgwele (Setswana, meaning “ball”) was three years in the planning, and began in May. The SAAF entertained the air show crowd with a few procedures from Kgwele, including soldiers skimming down ropes from locally developed Denel M1 Oryx helicopters, a hijacked bus rescue, and a hijacked civilian craft forced to land.Distinguished serviceThe show, which is thought to have attracted a record crowd, took place at Swartkop air field near Pretoria. Established in 1921, Swartkop falls under the management of Waterkloof air base, about 6km away. It is a proclaimed heritage site and home to one of the three branches of the Air Force Museum – the other branches are found at Ysterplaat air base in Cape Town and at the Port Elizabeth airport.According to the SAAF, Swartkop is the oldest air station in the country and the second oldest in the world, as well as being the oldest currently operational station in the world.Two squadrons, the SAAF Museum Historic Flight and the Airspace Control Unit, make their base here. Swartkop also hosts a range of craft, both operational and in the museum. This facility boasts over 150 distinguished craft such as the Mirage IIIBZ and IIICZ, the DHC-1 Chipmunk T MK 10, the Shackleton MR.3 and the Spitfire Mk IXe.The SAAF’s Mirage IIICZ, the Black Widow, is the only one in the world still flying. It retired from the air force in 1990.Memorable occasionA number of other anniversaries made this year’s SAAF air show memorable. Among them are the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the Douglas C-47 Dakota, which has served the SAAF since 1943, the 60th birthday of the De Havilland Vampire T55, which was the SAAF’s first training jet, and the 50th birthday of the Alouette helicopter.Further afield, 2010 marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the German air campaign that took place in August and September 1940, and 50 years since the Korean War, which broke out in June 1960.Other operational craft on show included the Saab Gripen D dual-seater fighter, which debuted at last year’s Swartkop air show, Agusta A109 helicopters, a Lockheed Martin C130BZ Hercules, and the Cheetah-D two-seater, developed in South Africa. The single-seater Gripen C fighter, which arrived in February 2010, was seen for the first time. The Gripen features the new IRIS-T air-to-air missile.In the vintage department, crowds got a glimpse of a Vampire, a C-47 Dakota, Puma and Alouette II and III helicopters, and more. In addition, the museum’s hangars were open to the public all day. Civilian-piloted craft included a De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth, an Impala Mk1 fighter craft, and Pitts Specials, among others.The Silver Falcons, the air force’s aerobatics display team based at Langebaanweg in the Cape, put on a performance of virtuoso flying in their Pilatus PC-7 MkII Astra trainers, as did the Flying Lions in their Harvards.“It’s excellent to see the number of people here,” said De Pinho, “especially youngsters.” He estimated that around 50 000 people attended, substantially more than the 30 000 who were initially expected.The air force’s annual Prestige Awards, held to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements of SAAF units and personnel, were also handed out at the air show.last_img read more

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Google Continues its March to Chrome OS with Google Docs Update

first_imgGoogle continues to expand the storage and file-handling capabilities of Google Docs as it marches on toward offering a Web-only operating system with Chrome OS. Late last month, the company overhauled the service, creating new ways to organize and interact with files. Today, it has announced that Google Docs can now handle 12 new file formats, giving users a dozen fewer reasons to use separate desktop apps.In the announcement, Anil Sabharwal, product manager at Google, explains that Google Docs is not only safer, but quicker, for viewing files sent to you on the Web:The Google Docs Viewer is used by millions of people every day to quickly view PDFs, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations online. Not only is viewing files in your browser far more secure than downloading and opening them locally, but it also saves time and doesn’t clutter up your hard-drive with unwanted files.Today we’re excited to launch support for 12 new file types:Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX) Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX) Apple Pages (.PAGES) Adobe Illustrator (.AI) Adobe Photoshop (.PSD) Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF) Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG) PostScript (.EPS, .PS) TrueType (.TTF) XML Paper Specification (.XPS) According to Sabharwal, these 12 file types “round out support for the major Microsoft Office file types,” but also most other popular file types. Now, will Google Docs work for everything for everyone? Not yet. But Google continues to add file storage capabilities, organizational tools and now additional file types. It’s been months since I, personally, re-installed the operating system on my computer and I haven’t installed a separate word operating system since. This would have been unheard of just a couple of years ago. Now, however, Google Docs can almost entirely replaced desktop programs like Microsoft Word or Open Office. I view attached files in email in my browser and edit files either in a simple text editor and store it in Google Docs or use Google Docs entirely.Why is this important? Because in any Web-only operating system such as Chrome OS, we will hold on to certain paradigms, and one is that we need a central location to store and edit documents. If Chrome OS can’t play nicely with the rest of the world, it will never get along. If we can, however, continue to function and interact with others, then the move will possible, at the very least. Adding all of the traditional Microsoft file formats is yet another big step in that direction. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#cloud computing#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Audit report reveals irregularities within scam-hit Vyapam

first_imgFor at least two financial years after the Vyapam scam was uncovered in Madhya Pradesh in July 2013, administrative and financial irregularities running into crores of rupees continued unchecked within the examination board, reveals an audit report.Glaring irregularities such as unjustified recruitment of volunteers, posting of security guards hired by Vyapam at private bungalows, recruitment of officials on fake community certificates, and the use of whitener and overwriting in cash books, have come to the fore in the audit report for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.The Directorate of Local Fund Audit of the Department of Finance in its report submitted to Vyapam in 2017 stated such irregularities “were an open invitation to fraud and embezzlement”. In almost all the instances of financial irregularities, it said “related persons/officials” had to repay the board for the funds used. The Hindu is in possession of a copy of the report.Scam rekindledThe scam has been rekindled as State Home Minister Bala Bachchan recently said the government did not possess the anonymous letter received by the Indore Police on June 20, 2013, that blew the lid off the scam. The scam involved 13 different examinations conducted by the Vyapam or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board for recruitment to government jobs and admissions to educational institutions in the State. In August 2013, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government constituted a Special Task Force to probe the scam. The Central Bureau of Investigation took over in July 2015.In the two years, while the STF was investigating the scam, several officials were recruited to the board on a false premise. “The board, a respectable organisation which recruits personnel in other Departments, itself has recruited personnel on fake SC/ST certificates, which shows the absence of vigilance within it,” says the report. ‘Against rules’Moreover, the team noted that in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, the board hired volunteers and daily wage workers “against the rules and in an objectionable way” and paid them ₹1,21,94,751 as salary. “It is unclear which work were the volunteers required for, in what numbers and of what category. It is unclear through which process they were recruited and for how long, whether there were vacancies and the work done by them monitored,” says the report. “In the absence of permission from the government to create posts for these volunteers, the payment made to these volunteers stands nullified and should be recovered from individual payers,” says the report. The report says ₹14,25,952 was paid to 23 volunteers in 2013-2014 and 13 in 2014-2015, although they had “not signed against their names” in the attendance records. Notes from officials The volunteers received their salaries based on notes sent by higher officials. “In the records, in some places in front of their names ‘Secretary’ or ‘honourable Minister’ was found to be written,” the report reveals. In 2013-2014, as much as ₹2,14,925 was paid to guards of Krishna Security, a Bhopal-based firm, from the board’s coffers, but they were posted at private houses and bungalows. ‘Neglect of duty’ Moreover, in the cash books of the financial years audited, says the report, several figures under the cash and bank columns had been changed using whitener or by overwriting, without being attested by the competent authority. The team noted that the use of whitener “could make fraud possible and thereby damage the credibility of the board”. “The scam wouldn’t have happened in the first place if there was an internal audit of confidential payments,” said State Law Minister P.C. Sharma. He said he was not aware of the audit report.last_img read more

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Titans season 1 is now on DC Universe international Netflix release on

first_img Tags Comments The DC Comic-Con experience lets you channel Harley Quinn-levels… Netflix will stream the show globally except for in the US and China, the former of which will keep the show on DC Universe and the latter of which does not appear to have streaming plans at this time. CNET has reached out to Netflix to see if the service will debut the show at the same time as DC Universe.The DC Universe service launched in September with a variety of movies, TV shows, animated series and comics from DC’s extensive catalog, including lots of vintage Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman content. The service costs $8 per month or $75 per year.Following Titans will be shows such as Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol, Stargirl, Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders.First published Oct. 1, 2018 at 3:02 p.m. PT.Update Dec. 21 at 10:49 a.m. PT: Adds Netflix release date, reflects the full season now being available on DC Universe. A look at Dick Grayson’s Robin costume. The character is played by Brenton Thwaites in the upcoming Titans DC Universe show. Morgan Little/CNET The full first season of DC Universe’s Titans is now available on the service in the US as of Friday, and international viewers will see the show on Netflix early next year.The superhero show, whose Netflix availability was previously reported by Variety and confirmed to CNET by both Warner Bros. and Netflix, currently has 11 episodes available to binge on DC Universe in the US and will come to Netflix on Jan. 11.The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy and Anna Diop as Starfire in a darker, gritty take of the Teen Titans team previously seen in two animated series and comic books. The trailer even has explicit language, specifically in a scene showing an upset Grayson in his Robin outfit, proclaiming “F*ck Batman.” Now playing: Watch this: DC Comics Netflix Share your voice Comic-Con 2018: All things DC, from Aquaman to Wonder Woman TV and Movies 2:27 3 22 Photoslast_img read more

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2019 Detroit Auto Shows biggest debuts Mustang GT500 and more

first_img 99 Photos 2020 Ford Explorer is better in almost every way See All Now playing: Watch this: Tags 0 98 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Ram Heavy Duty has all the torque • 2020 Ford Explorer is a more efficient, spacious and… May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Car Industry 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better But the debut that will almost certainly sell the most is the 2020 Ford Explorer. Sure, not as exciting as either the new Ford Ranger or Ford Bronco, the new Explorer rides on a 6.3-inch longer wheelbase and will come in a variety of flavors, including a new hybrid. Pricing and fuel economy figures, though, are still to be determined.  More From Roadshowcenter_img Detroit Auto Show 2019 It was a little difficult to find a trend at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some incredible cars on the show floor that you absolutely have to see. Top of the list? It has to be the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The latest generation of this iconic pony car is Ford’s most powerful yet, with somewhere north of 700 horsepower. It’s aimed squarely at the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, but the Shelby is intended more for use on the racetrack than for straight-line drag performance. 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a friendlier brawler 3:30 If 700 horsepower sounds impressive, how about 1,000 pound-feet of torque? That’s the rating of the new Ram Heavy Duty, which has a maximum tow rating of 35,100 pounds. That’s a ridiculous figure, seemingly enough to trailer every other car on the show floor at once. Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star 57 Photos reading • 2019 Detroit Auto Show biggest debuts: Shelby Mustang GT500, Ford Explorer and more Post a comment Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago Share your voice Detroit Auto Show 2019last_img read more

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