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DISADVANTAGED DONEGAL SCHOOL WILL FACE CUTS, SAYS TD

first_imgDisadvantaged schools in Co Donegal are still facing major cuts to resources after the Minister for Education confirmed to Fianna Fáil today that no decision has been made to reverse cuts to the DEIS scheme, claims local TD Charlie McConalogue.Despite the fact that he admitted he made a mistake, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has indicated that cuts will still be made to DEIS schools, said the Donegal North East deputy.The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue told us: “The Government have been spinning a yarn that their decision to remove 428 posts from DEIS schools will be reversed after they realised they made a ‘mistake’. “However today, Minister Quinn confirmed that this is not the case. Far from reversing his damaging decision, the Minister has today indicated that he is still seeking to cut DEIS posts.“This confirms my fears that the Government simply announced an empty review of the DEIS cuts to take the heat out the controversy and buy themselves some time.  Government TDs who are under pressure from their local schools have been out convincing their communities that these cuts have been reversed. When asked directly today if this is the case, Minister Quinn shook his head and said no final decisions have been made. He also said he is still seeking “economies” in this area.“What this means is that DEIS schools across the North East are still facing significant cuts to resources. We are now in a deeply worrying situation where schools in Donegal will be competing with one another to retain teacher posts. Those schools that have worked hard at achieving enormous success on the DEIS scheme will now worry that this very success will mean their resources will be cut. To punish schools that have come so far under the DEIS programme makes absolutely no sense.“This is a highly socially regressive step that will undo years of progress in tackling educational disadvantage. The long-term economic implications are enormous. It’s time for the Minister to cut through the spin and be honest with the people.  The Minister must do the right thing and reverse his mistake.”  DISADVANTAGED DONEGAL SCHOOL WILL FACE CUTS, SAYS TD was last modified: January 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:deputy charlie mcconalogueeducation cutslast_img read more

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Magic Double Comb Easy Hair Styling Stretchy Combs Double Clip brand new : Holds thick hair together

first_imgExcellent i love these so easy to use. Arrived before due date, very inexpensive and the metal comb teeth which appear too small can actually hold thick hair together. Arrived before due date, very inexpensive and the metal comb teeth which appear too small can actually hold thick hair together. Nice but evidently not durable. Versatile and easy to use, i liked the stretchiness of the bands. Unfortunately the second time i used it one of the fittings broke and i couldn’t fix it. If i’d bought it in a local shop i would have taken it back for a replacement/refund. Nice but evidently not durableHolds thick hair togetherMagic Double Comb Easy Hair Styling Stretchy Combs Double Clip brand new (black)MAGIC HAIR SLIDE HAIR CLIP STRETCHABLE DOUBLE COMBS ACCESSORYyou can create dozens of dazzling hairstyles. Combs are soft, comfortable and perfect for any occasionCreate a variety of hairstyles for all occasions.Quick and easy hairstylesStretchable double comb creates Perfect hairstyles for weddings, the office and working outSoft and comfortable.Works for all hair types. Holds hair firmly in place Nice but evidently not durable. Versatile and easy to use, i liked the stretchiness of the bands. Unfortunately the second time i used it one of the fittings broke and i couldn’t fix it. If i’d bought it in a local shop i would have taken it back for a replacement/refund. Excellent i love these so easy to use.last_img read more

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Maybe Twitter Trends Shouldn’t Be Entirely Automated?

first_imgTags:#Features#NYT#Trends#twitter#web sarah perez The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Over the weekend, Twitter’s trending topics were once again the target of an attack, this time implemented by the members of the infamous image board 4chan, the site known for their internet memes and pranks. As with previous attempts to pollute the trends with nonsense, the hashtag pushed into the leaderboard was yet another inappropriate term. Last time this happened, we saw Twitter pull the offensive tags from the trends section, a move which prompted us to cheer: Twitter censoring trending topics? Isn’t it about time?  Again, it seems the company has pulled the same move. By the time tech blogs picked up the story, the term had disappeared completely from the trends section. But maybe “trends” like this have no business ever making “trend” status at all. We have to wonder if censorship after the fact is going to be good enough for Twitter going forward. As Twitter continues to grow, more and more people will want to get their keyword or hashtag featured in this popular section of the Twitter Search site. Perhaps Twitter should consider putting a human editor in charge of weeding through the supposed trends before they get posted.Twitter Censoring Trends: Is it Enough?At the end of the day, we agree with Twitter’s decision to pull the obviously forced hashtag from the trends section just as they did the last time a bunch of folks thought they would have some fun by tweeting other offensive words and phrases. But these incidents have made us wonder: has Twitter trends outlived its ability to function properly as an entirely algorithm-based service? Given how many people rely on Twitter trends to track hot topics and breaking news, the section will be under constant attack from those who want to use the algorithm for their own purposes…and not necessarily good ones.In some cases, like the latest 4chan move, the term-made-trend will be a somewhat offensive, but ultimately harmless prank. In other cases, the trends will be courtesy of some marketer pushing their hashtag up through the ranks thanks to their latest “tweet-to-win” contest. But do either of these cases represent an organic news-based trend that deserves the spotlight? Perhaps not.Although censorship isn’t something that most people would normally support, in these cases it would feel less like censorship than it would a simple act of filtering. It’s easy to see that “trends” like these aren’t really the sort of trends that the section was meant to highlight. However, by letting the algorithm do all the work, everyone with an evil plan to get their hashtag into the leaderboard has a shot at 15 minutes of fame. And on the real-time web, that’s an eternity. If, on the other hand, Twitter started pre-filtering the trends for relevance, there would long be a reason for hoaxsters, pranksters, and other trend-hogging marketers to attempt to game the system. Just by putting a human editor in charge of Twitter trends, “fake trends” like these could easily be avoided. Even if the company didn’t want to go with full-on censorship, they could at the very least move the “other” trends off the main page by adding a link that said “More…”Filtered Trends Could Delay Breaking NewsBut the drawback to a human-filtered trends section could be a delay in seeing breaking news make trend status – and that would be a disaster for a service that’s all about immediacy. For some people, even the threat of a delay such as this would probably have them saying, “forget censorship and filtering – I want real-time trends, legit or not!” But to those people, we ask: what about when Twitter becomes so uber-popular that the real-time trends section you crave becomes filled with junk trends thanks to internet memes and marketers’ messages? Will you still prefer it then? We’re not sure if a human editor is the right solution for Twitter, but one day soon, something will have to be done. One commenter on a previous post mentioned some other ideas for filtering trends and hashtag spam, including having users tweet “#spam=hashtag” and suggesting Twitter adds a feature which would let us block hashtags from our streams. Another commenter suggested Outlook-like rules for hiding certain hashtags. If you have any ideas of your own about what Twitter should do, feel free to share them in the comments. center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Panasonic Unveils Their New Mirrorless L-Mount Cameras

first_imgThe mirrorless camera wave continues to gain momentum as Panasonic reveals two new L-mount camera models forthcoming in 2019.In what already feels like the year of the mirrorless camera — with new models coming from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, and Blackmagic — we’ve now got yet another contender for the mirrorless title. Panasonic just announced two new L-mount models.Here’s what we know about Panasonic’s new Lumix S1R and S1 models.The Panasonic Lumix S1RBased on reports from Photokina 2018, Panasonic has partnered (not for the first time) with both Sigma and Lecia to use the former’s full-frame L-mount SL system. Their flagship camera, the Panasonic Lumix S1R, promises a 47-megapixel sensor with the now-standard 4K at 60fps and 10-bit 4:2:2 video recording. More technical details are forthcoming over the next few months, leading up to the camera’s release in 2019.47-megapixel sensor.4K at 60fps.10-bit 4:2:2 video recording.Built-in image stabilization.Tiltable LCD.High-resolution EVF.The Panasonic Lumix S1Like many of their competitors, Panasonic is developing a companion camera in the Panasonic Lumix S1 that features a 24-megapixel sensor at a lower price point, but it will still reportedly include the same 4K 60fps recording and other video specs. Both cameras feature the same built-in image stabilization, a tiltable LCD, and high-resolution EVF.24-megapixel sensor.4K at 60fps.10-bit 4:2:2 video recording.Built-in image stabilization.Tiltable LCD.High-resolution EVF.Lens OptionsWe also know that while Leica lenses are already available (but pretty expensive), Panasonic is creating three new lenses specific to the L-mount series. While these first three should be market-ready when the S1R and S1 hit stores in 2019, another seven (to bring their lens line up to 10) should be ready by 2020. Here are the details on the lenses that will launch with the cameras.24-70mm standard zoom lens.70-200mm telephoto lens.50mm f/1.4 prime lens. All images via LUMIX LIVE @ Photokina 2018.For more camera news and updates, check out some of these articles:Nikon Releases Their First Full-Frame Mirrorless CameraEverything We Know About Canon’s New Mirrorless Cameras7 Filmmaking Cameras You Can Get for Under $1,000last_img read more

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Real Madrid beats Manchester United 2-1 to win Super Cup

first_imgReal Madrid’s Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas (C) holds the trophy after winning the UEFA Super Cup football match between Real Madrid and Manchester United on August 8, 2017, at the Philip II Arena in Skopje. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFFSKOPJE, Macedonia — Real Madrid eased to a 2-1 victory over Manchester United to win the Super Cup on Tuesday, with goals in each half from Casemiro and Isco.Cristiano Ronaldo watched most of the end-to-end action from the bench, while his teammates outclassed United Cup on a hot night.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Casemiro hit the bar with a header and fired a shot over the top before scoring in the 24th minute. The Brazilian slid in for a left-foot finish, served up by Dani Carvajal.Isco extended the lead for Zinedine Zidane’s European champions with a shot in the 52nd, after Gareth Bale helped him run through United’s defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMaking amends for an earlier miss, United’s new striker Romelu Lukaku made it 2-1 in the 62nd, beating Keylor Navas after the goalkeeper had blocked a powerful shot from Nemanja Matic.“Key to winning this game was two things we do well,” Zidane said. “We hold and control well, and we finish our chances at the right moment. “The second half was not great, but the first half was spectacular. We have talented players who want to win every challenge. That how they want to grow as players.”The players needed two cooling breaks to cope with temperatures of 32C (90 F) that led to three spectators being taken to hospital.The Super Cup pitches the previous season’s Champions League winners against the Europa League holders.It was Zidane’s second consecutive Super Cup title. For United coach Jose Mourinho, it was a third failed attempt to add the trophy to his collection.United matched Madrid for pace but lacked the finish to turn the match around. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who regularly burst forward, and substitute Marcus Rashford provided much of United’s threat.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Both Rashford and Paul Pogba missed glaring second-half chances, failing to score with Navas at their mercy.The game was watched by former United coaching great Alex Ferguson. Ronaldo went on after the 80th minute and had little chance to make an impact as Madrid closed down its opponents.Moments before the final whistle, a shirtless fan ran onto the pitch and was wrestled to the ground by stewards.More than 2,500 police officers were on duty for the game in the tiny Balkan country. Four people were arrested, accused of selling unauthorized tickets. Authorities reported no major public disturbances after the match ended.Following the award ceremony, Mourinho handed his medal to a young fan and later joked that he saw no point in holding onto it.“Sometimes when I win I don’t keep the medal, so imagine when I lose,” he said. “For me, the medal would go to some place in my house and for that kid, it’s the moon.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Was LeBron James’ tweet a shot at teammate Kyrie Irving? Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View commentslast_img read more

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Rutgers Commit Marques Ford Makes It Clear He Wouldn’t Re-Consider Tennessee

first_imgA general view of Rutgers football stadium.NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay defensive end Marques Ford was committed to Tennessee for six months until losing his scholarship on Jan. 21 due to a numbers crunch in the Vols’ class. Ford rebounded by committing to Rutgers two days later, and indicated after his official visit to RU this weekend that he planned to sign with the Scarlet Knights.Because Tennessee lost a commitment from four-star running back Kendall Bussey this afternoon, some Vols’ fans on Twitter broached the idea of trying to bring Ford back into the fold, but the four-star recruit dismissed any notion of that tonight.All this talk about me going back to Tennessee and im just like ..  #CHOPNation pic.twitter.com/TW7S9VZabP— 5⃣6⃣ (@Marques_Ford) February 3, 2015Even with Bussey de-committing, it’s doubtful Tennessee would have tried to move back in on Ford. If they did, he indicated he wouldn’t be interested. Somehow, I think this one works out well for all parties: UT still has a highly-rated class under Butch Jones, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood lands a talented four-star and Ford ends up in a place where he is clearly wanted.last_img read more

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College GameDay Made Lee Corso Cry With Incredible Footage Of His Time At Navy

first_imgLee Corso cries on College GameDay.lee corso cries on college gamedayESPN’s College GameDay only had one game to cover Saturday morning, but the program certainly made the most of its air time. In honor of Lee Corso’s time spent at Navy, where he was the defensive backs coach from 1966 to 1968, GameDay put together a feature that included footage of his days in Annapolis. The segment, which you can view below, actually made Corso cry live on television. Rece Davis, Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit were also taken aback.Here’s the entire feature, via ESPN. If it doesn’t work on your mobile device, you can view it here.Very cool. Props to ESPN for honoring one of the most beloved people in the sport.last_img read more

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Illini hand Ohio State womens basketball 3rd loss of the season

The University of Illinois (9-16, 3-9 Big Ten) women’s basketball team handed No. 11 Ohio State (21-3, 8-3 Big Ten) its third loss of the season Thursday night. OSU junior guard Tayler Hill sank a shot with 16 seconds left to give the Buckeyes a one-point lead. But in the following possession, Illinois forward Alexis Burke hit a jump shot with no time left on the clock to defeat OSU, 66-65. The Buckeyes were down, 34-29, going into the half, but came out scoring and took a 56-46 lead with 7:48 left in the game. The Illini responded on a 10-0 run to knot the score at 56. After trading buckets, OSU senior guard Samantha Prahalis sank a three to give the Buckeyes the lead. In the next possession, the Illini missed a three before Prahalis hit a layup to give the Buckeyes a five-point cushion with 2:28 left. It wasn’t enough as the Illini scored on their next three shots to seal the victory. Hill lead OSU in scoring with her 20 points and five assists. She was followed by sophomore center Ashley Adams who tallied 18 points and eight rebounds. Prahalis had 15 points after her career high 34 points just three days prior. The Fighting Illini were lead by junior guard Adrienne Godbold and Burke, who had 15 and 16 points, respectively. OSU defeated the Illini, 96-84, on Jan. 22, but this night saw the Buckeyes only make half their shots. They were 27-54 from field goal range and 6-12 from behind the arc. In all three losses, the Buckeyes have shot 50 percent or less. The Illini were 27-61 from field goal range and 2-9 for three pointers, but they out-rebounded the Buckeyes, 37-27. The Buckeyes return home Sunday against the No. 17 Purdue Boilermakers (19-5, 9-2). Sunday’s game might decide who holds the top spot in the Big Ten conference. Tip is at 5 p.m. read more

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Brady Hoke talks Ohio StateMichigan rivalry on teleconference

It only took two minutes into Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference for the Big Ten’s first representative, Michigan coach Brady Hoke, to receive his first question about the arrival of Ohio State’s new coach Urban Meyer and his thoughts on how Meyer will affect the rivalry. “Obviously you’ve got two storied programs who have a lot of great tradition and, as far as I know, it’s never been about the coaches, it’s always been about those two schools,” Hoke said. “The intensity of that whole week when you get ready to play each other, what a great game and a fun game it is to coach in and play in.” Michigan redshirt senior safety Jordan Kovacs resonated those feelings and said Meyer’s arrival should have a big impact on The Game. “Two of the best coaches in the nation are coaching these programs,” Kovacs said. “They’re recruiting better than anyone in the nation right now. Historically it’s a great rivalry … and I think it’s going to take that next step and be an elite rivalry for these next few years.” Hoke appears to have coached his players on how to reference the Buckeyes in conversation. Kovacs wouldn’t say the word “State” in Ohio State when he further elaborated on his feelings of the rivalry. “It’s always a big game, it’s the Michigan-Ohio game and it’s a big game every year. We’re going to be really excited about it and we can’t wait to get down there,” Kovacs said. Michigan is coming off their best season since 2006 after going 11-2 in Hoke’s inaugural season last year, including an overtime victory in the Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech, and the team’s first win against OSU after losing seven consecutive games to the Buckeyes. But it was still a failure of a season for Hoke, Kovacs said. “The thing is, people want to say we set the bar really high last year,” Kovacs said. “But at the end of the day, one of the things that Coach Hoke really emphasizes, is that last year we failed. It wasn’t a successful season. Our mission every year is to win a Big Ten championship and we didn’t do that. Big Ten championships are the mindset that everyone on this team is about and at the end of the day, we didn’t get what we wanted, so that keeps us hungrier for next year.” Hoke said he is excited for his team to get back out onto the field this spring, but also said they have a long way to go. “On either side (of the ball) it’s not very good right now,” Hoke said. “I think the kids are working, they’re coming in here with energy and all those things. But the expectation levels of how physical we want to be as a football team, we’re not where we need to be. “I think the big consistency issues that are out there are us finishing and finishing well as we get through these next three practices. We’re a long way being from where we want to be in August, so there is a lot of work to be done.” Michigan is holding their annual spring game Saturday, but to Hoke, it’s just another practice. “It’s another chance for us to get better,” he said. “It’s a chance for our guys to be in that great stadium again and play in front of people, and also how some young guys handle those situations.” The game will be at noon Saturday and will be televised on the Big Ten Network. read more