first_imgLittle battler Paul DohertyLittle battler Paul Doherty is making a rapid recovery after his operation to help him to walk. The Killygordon lad, who underwent the pioneering surgery in Missouri in America on Monday, has had his ups and downs after the operation.But mum Anne-Marie said she knows her 5 year old is on the mend after he demolished a bowl of jelly and ice-cream! Anne-Marie revealed “Paul had a rough night last night…. He was quite sick all through the night and a little upset. He was not in any pain but he was on a lot of medication and these were making him sick.“The pain management team gave him a little extra stuff and he fell asleep. This did the trick and he ate a cracker and drank some sprite at 10am. Slept again till 1pm and them woke up looking for his dinner !! He had a cheese wrap, jelly and ice cream. He ate the lot.”Paul’s surgeon, Dr Park, has visited the Donegal lad and said he was happy with everything.He confirmed that Paul’s second operation will be on Tuesday next – the day after Paul’s birthday! Anne-Marie added “That means that Paul gets discharged on Sunday, pre-op appointment on Monday and admitted again on Tuesday. The good thing is that Paul will be 6 on Monday and he won’t be in hospital and it’s only for one night this time when he does go back in.”Volunteers from the hospital have been to see Paul checking to see if he has any requests for toys, books or games.“I know Paul is feeling a bit better when he asked them for a tractor,” said mum Anne-Marie.All going to plan, Paul and his family hope to be back in Donegal by March 28th.JELLY AND ICE-CREAM AND A TOY TRACTOR – PAUL IS ON THE MEND! was last modified: March 5th, 2015 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:Anne Marie Dohertydonegalpaul dohertyUSAWALKlast_img read more

Quebec Town Bans Wood Stoves

first_imgTown Orders Existing Wood Stoves to Be RemovedHAMPSTEAD, QUEBEC — The town of Hampstead, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, has banned the installation of wood stoves and ordered all existing wood stoves to be removed within the next seven years. The new bylaw covers stoves, fireplace inserts, furnaces, and boilers that burn wood or wood pellets, all of which must be removed by November 3, 2015. Barbecues and indoor masonry fireplaces are exempt from the ban. The new Hampstead by-law states, “No person shall install a wood-burning appliance, in which wood or solid fuel is burned, and which discharges combustion products to the air, in or about any residential property.”Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg explained that wood stoves “create an incredible amount of pollution.” The Hampstead by-law has sparked strong reactions. One letter to the editor of the Westmount Examiner suggested an alternate fuel: “Homeowners should burn all unnecessary by-laws in their fireplace.” Responding to critics, Mayor Steinberg noted, “We feel this is a reasonable measure to take at this point in time, because the smog that’s created by wood-burning appliances is a serious problem.”The Wood Heat Policy Institute (WHPI), a group funded by wood stove manufacturers, released a statement criticizing the Hampstead wood-stove ban. “The by-law adopted by the council contains the most sweeping and uncompromising limits to the use of wood fuel of any jurisdiction in Canada,” noted the WHPI statement. “Quebec has among the highest household use of wood fuel in Canada, with almost 60 per cent of rural households burning some wood, according to a 2006 federal government survey. Twenty-two per cent of urban households in Quebec burn wood. Wood is not a trivial or marginal energy source, but is a mainstream heating fuel used by over one million Quebec homeowners.” In fact, the number of wood stoves installed in the province increased sharply after a 1998 ice storm that left many Quebec homeowners without power for weeks.Surrounding towns are in no hurry to emulate Hampstead’s example. Bob Benedetti, the mayor of Beaconsfield, Quebec, told a West Island Gazette reporter, “We’re not going to rush off and ban something we can’t enforce. There’s no question this stuff is unhealthy. All experts say particulate matter, especially on smog days, is bad. It ranks right up there with smoking. I agree and sympathize with the people who are affected by the smog caused by wood stoves but we can’t rush in. It has to be reasonable and easily enforceable.”last_img read more

The Mouse Is Dead: Long Live Tobii, Leonard3Do, Leap Motion & Oculus VR

first_imgThe Oculus Rift replaces those headsets with a similar pair of goggles employing a shared 1280 x 800 display that, most importantly, minimizes the latency that accompanied the previous versions. So far, Oculus appears to be marketing the Rift as a gaming peripheral, but it will be interesting to see what other applications it . Leap MotionReadWrite’s Dan Lyons characterized Leap Motion as the hottest tech company of 2013, and in fact it might be. Leap’s technology lets users incorporate Kinect-style gestures into PCs and other devices, manipulating what’s on the screen without having to touch them. Leap’s technology sounds fascinating, but I’d still rather be able to manipulate objects with my eyes then be forced to physically gesture with them. Oh, who am I kidding – I’d like to have both. Related Posts Tags:#CES 2013#hardware#Kinect#Microsoft#user interface What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Scrolling in and out of a map was a bit trickier; instead of highlighting a point and then spinning a mouse wheel (or pinching), you looked at a spot and clicked in and out. Still, it worked just fine. The only drawback is that your gaze is essentially a single point of contact, so it can’t technically replace multitouch gestures. Still, for 99% of the interactions you’ll have with your computer, Tobii should be terrific.Other eye tracking technology is apparently being used for research, with names like Applied Science Laboratories, Sensomotoric Instruments, Optitrack, or SR Research. But Tobii appears prepared to take eye-tracking tech mainstream.Leonard3DoBudapest-based Leonar3Do also wants to replace the mouse – with a bird. The winged “bird,” which users wave through space, incorporates horned antennas that helps Leonar3Do’s software manipulate 3D models.What’s interesting, however, is that the models don’t “live” inside your monitor. Because Leonar3Do’s software is synced to a 3D monitor and goggles, the model appears to float outside the 2D display. (Leonar3Do has a non-embeddable video on its website with more information.)In some ways, the bird didn’t appear to offer the sort of fine resolution that CAD designers would want, although Roland Manyai, the company’s director of marketing, sales and business development, denied that. However, it seemed nicely intuitive to be able to rotate, “push” and “pull” 3D models, deforming surfaces easily. But no matter whether it’s working with eyes or hands or heads, the most interesting products of the last few months involve translating physical movements into the virtual space. Companies like Tobii and others still face plenty of questions about pricing and availability, but it’s clear that these kinds of devices can anticipate a bright future. For the venerable mouse, not so much.Image sources: Oculus Rift/; Leap Motion/ Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Pity the poor computer mouse. What with touchscreens and trackpads, mice are no longer the input devices of choice. And things are about to get a lot worse for the once-dominant computer controllers.If I had to name my personal Best of Show for the Consumer Electronics Show last week, it would be Tobii, an eye-tracking startup that does one single, amazing thing: it lets you use your eyes to move the cursor around the screen.As I thought about it a bit more, I realized that many of the companies that have impressed me the most of late have been those that offer new ways to physically interact with the PC and other computing devices: companies like Tobii, Leonard3Do, Leap Motion and Oculus VR.Maybe it’s the influence of smartphones, Windows 8 and the Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360 console. Suddenly, touch, voice, gestures and motion have become the ost talked-about ways of interacting with computers. Like many people, I’m perfectly content with using the mouse and keyboard as my preferred means of entering content. But that doesn’t mean that these other methods aren’t just as viable – especially when consuming content.Tobii RexI was most impressed with Tobii, if only for its simplicity: it simply replaces the mouse with your eyes. A year ago, Tobii teamed up with Lenovo to design a custom notebook that integrated its eye-tracking or “gaze-tracking” software. Last week, the company showed off the Tobii Rex, a USB peripheral that can attach to the bottom of your LCD monitor. At this point, the Rex is a developer platform that costs about $1,000; however, the company will soon begin preorders for a limited run of 5,000 devices that will ship this fall. Pricing for that device, which may be known as the IS20, has not been announced. Some have said relying too much on touch on a desktop PC could result in tired, “gorilla arms” after a few hours of use. With Tobii, that’s not an issue. Tobii’s eye-tracking peripheral uses low-power infrared lights to illuminate your retina and cornea, tracking the reflections. Chief executive Heinrik Eskillsson assured me that the infrared posed no danger to people’s eyes, and wouldn’t cause additional fatigue. After a few seconds of training, including looking at colored balls to calibrate the device, I was able to interact with Windows 8 using just my eyes.And in my experience, Tobii was amazing – not just for its potential, but because it worked extremely accurately, right now. In the demonstration, Tobii mapped the mouse keys to little-used keys on the keyboard, so that if I wanted to click on a widget, I simply looked at it, clicked, and moved ahead. It takes a second or two to remove one’s hands from the keyboard, find the mouse or trackpad, then realign them for typing. Tobii eliminates all that. Scrolling is accomplished simply by looking at the bottom or side of a window. Highlighting text is as easy as holding down the “mouse button” and moving the cursor (which appears only when you click.) Another reporter also recorded video of using Tobii during a version of “Asteroids”. markhachman Leonar3Do was on hand at CES to launch HelloVR, a program that eliminates the “bird” and replaces it with the gyroscope found within a user’s smartphone. Interesting stuff, although serious modellers will still want the bird or something similar.Oculus RiftI wasn’t able to actually use Oculus VR Oculus Rift gaming headset directly. But old-school gamers will remember Virtuality, a 1990s-era arcade game where users wore a virtual reality headset to look about a primitive gamefield, shooting others with blocky pixels.last_img read more

Gilas, Blatche’s China club set for collision course in Fiba Asia Champions Cup

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The Philippines and its naturalized player Andray Blatche will be on opposing sides with the former NBA veteran leading the way for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, which will carry the name China Kashgar, his mother ball club in the Chinese Basketball League.Blatche carried China in the 2016 edition of the tournament, featuring 10 club teams from Asia, averaging closing to 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAside from Blatche, China will also parade American guard Darius Adams, who was last year’s scoring leader norming 23.1 points a contest.National team coach Chot Reyes announced Gilas’ participation Tuesday. The team, which replaced Japan, will carry the Chooks To Go banner. Philippines’ center Andray Blatche dunks the ball against Singapore. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas and Andray Blatche are likely to reunite in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup slated later in the month in Chenzhou, China.But it won’t be a typical reunion.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PVL: San Sebastian recovers from opener loss, sweeps JRU Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The last time a club team from the Philippines ruled the tournament was in 1996. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Ahead of marquee clash, Pakistani fan turns India supporter

first_imgWell-known Pakistan cricket fan ‘Chacha Chicago’ is equally well-known for his love for Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Now, with the gradual decline in Pakistan’s performance, the Karachi-born Mohammad Bashir has shifted allegiance to the ‘formidable’ Indian team ahead of the marquee ICC Champions Trophy clash later this week.”Ab koi muqabla nahi raha India Pakistan ka (India- Pakistan match is not the contest it used to be). India bahut aage nikal gaya hain (India are miles ahead of Pakistan),” says the Chicago-based Bashir, who is heartbroken that he would miss his first India-Pakistan clash in close to six years.Bashir has been a familiar figure in the stands whenever the two teams have met and always giving him company has been India’s very own Sudhir Gautam, who is arguably Sachin Tendulkar’s biggest fan.(IndiaToday Photo)”I have not missed a single India-Pakistan contest since attending my first one in Mohali during the 2011 World Cup. I would have loved to be there in Birmingham as well but since the game is during the month of Ramadan, the trip to Mecca with my family was already planned and I will be there for a month.”In fact, Sudhir called me only yesterday to check whether I was coming. Sadly I won’t be there but India should comfortably beat Pakistan and then go on to win the tournament,” the 64-year-old says.His love for Dhoni is understandable but earlier Bashir had loyalties split between the country where he was born and India, the place where his wife comes from. But now it is all about India.advertisement”I still love Pakistan but I love India more now. Earlier I wanted Pakistan to win but now it is India. The love that I received during my first trip to Mohali in 2011 was overwhelming.”I have come to a stage where I end up going to India almost every year and hardly go to Pakistan. I feel much safer in India,” says Bashir.Dhoni often gets him tickets to watch cricket matches and had once gifted Bashir, who owns a restaurant in Chicago, a cricket bat.(IndiaToday Photo)Currently in Saudi Arabia, Bashir is struggling to find a television channel that shows cricket.”It is all about football here. I think I will watch it on the internet. I even wanted to watch India’s warm-up against New Zealand but could not.”Ask him about to dissect the line-up of the current India and Pakistan squad, Bashir calls it a no-contest.”Ek side par Dhoni, Kohli, Yuvraj aur Pakistan mein toh koi bada player hee nahi hain (there is no star player in Pakistan compared to the Indian line-up).”What an era it was when the likes of Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis would play. Now I don’t even know the names of most players. India should have it easy,” he concludes.last_img read more

9 days agoEx-Liverpool defender Enrique: Man Utd clash always biggest

first_imgEx-Liverpool defender Enrique: Man Utd clash always biggestby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool defender Jose Enrique insists facing Manchester United is always the biggest game of the season.Liverpool sit top of the Premier League and United in 12th. But Enrique told Sky Sports: “It is and it still is even if United is not doing as well now.“For the players, for the fans, it is still the biggest game. Even Liverpool’s rivalry with City, even with the way they are doing… The rivalry between United and Liverpool is different.“The preparation is the same. The only thing when you play this game is in your mind you are more nervous than other games – that is obvious.“It’s another game, it’s three points more, but for the fans and the players it means more. So if you win it, you have a good night after the game!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Join Jon Bon Jovi In Wishing Bill Clinton A Happy Birthday

first_imgJon Bon Jovi wants you to join him in wishing Bill Clinton a happy birthday.“I’ve had the privilege of knowing and learning from my friend, President Bill Clinton, for quite some time,” Bon Jovi wrote in an email to supporters of the Clinton Foundation. “His birthday is coming up next week, and I’m always inspired by his increasing energy to do more.“So for President Clinton’s birthday on August 19, I want to show him how much we all appreciate his ever-growing passion and selfless leadership in changing lives around the world. Will you join me in wishing President Clinton a very happy birthday by signing this card? You can even add your own personal message.“Some of you may know that President Clinton was the catalyst for my becoming much more involved in charity and philanthropy. In fact, the President himself came to Philadelphia 10 years ago to the launch of the JBJ Soul Foundation; he has also been to the Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ. President Clinton and I are both driven by the same simple goal: to help people live their best life stories. Through the work of the Clinton Foundation, he’s dedicated to unleashing human potential and empowering individuals to shape their own futures.“Whether he’s traveling to Africa to meet one-on-one with the thousands of farmers whose lives have been changed by the Anchor Farm Project, or providing over 17 million kids in more than 29,000 schools access to healthier food and physical education – President Clinton is impacting more lives around the world each and every day.“But he isn’t finished yet. There’s more work to do, more barriers to overcome, more communities to transform, and more people to uplift. I am confident President Clinton and the Foundation will continue leading the charge to overcome these challenges for many years – and many birthdays – to come.”You can sign your name here.last_img read more