Donegal County Council has dispatched gritters on main roads in Donegal this Wednesday evening as wintry showers are forecast for the north west.Snow and hail have been forecast on higher ground during another cold night tonight. Sleet is more likely at lower levels.Temperatures will drop to lows of 0 to 4C, with the lowest temperatures early in the night. “The rain will be heavy and persistent for a time and some wintry falls are likely on higher ground,” said tonight’s Met Eireann report.Thursday will be a mostly cloudy day, with showers or longer spells of rain. Highest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees are expected.Donegal County Council gritters were out on the following routes from 6pm this evening:01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South04: Inishowen South05: Inishowen East06: Inishowen West07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East12: Binswilly15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National SecondaryBT: Buncrana Town CouncilGritters out across Donegal as more snow forecast was last modified: December 11th, 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)
7 April 2010 “We are waiting … It is time for the people to stop putting us down and to come see for themselves that Africa can do it.” So says Gordon Mokonyane, Johannesburg resident, family man, Orlando Pirates fan – and supporter of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ South Africa. Like many football-crazy South Africans, Mokonyane has been waiting impatiently since 15 May 2004, when it was announced that the Fifa World Cup would be heading to African soil for the first time in its 80-year history. If you are a Johannesburg resident, you might have seen Mokonyane. He is one of those people who tries to make a living selling mobile phone chargers, caps and sunglasses at busy intersections. He is one of those people who most of the time is ignored. But he’s not fussed, as they say here. “It is a job. It lets me put food on the table for my wife and daughter, and I get to spend the whole day outdoors.” Mokonyane seems to have a permanent smile on his face, but it is when the subject of football is broached that his eyes truly light up. Mokonyane is a supporter of top-flight Premier Soccer League team Orlando Pirates, as evidenced by his faded black kit, which he wears most days as he trades at different intersections around Johannesburg’s traffic-heavy northern suburbs. He doesn’t get to watch as many live football games as he would like, “but sometimes it is better to earn money than to enjoy yourself,” he says with a nod and a wink. Mokonyane’s forward-thinking manner has served him well though, as he recently found out that his brother-in-law’s ticket applications were successful and that he will be able to take his wife to two World Cup matches. “We are going to go watch Argentina against Korea Republic at Soccer City and Slovenia against the USA at Ellis Park,” he says. “It’s not Bafana Bafana or Brazil, my two favourite teams, but I don’t care. This is our World Cup, and I will be there.” He does admit, however, that seeing a player like Lionel Messi in the flesh will be a highlight for him. “For many people like me in South Africa, soccer is a way to escape. We live it,” he said as he stepped out into the road, winding through the afternoon rush hour traffic, flashing his trademark smile at a passing car. Mokonyane will be at the World Cup, and it is because of people like him that Africa’s first World Cup will long be remembered. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Experiences have flooded the marketplace. Whether they’re investing in pop-up stores or festivals, brands have recognized the major shift happening. The IPA Bellwether Report found that in the U.K., experiential marketing was the only area to experience significant growth in spend in 2017 besides internet marketing.Similarly, EventTrack found that American consumers gravitated toward the brands that gave them experiences to savor, with 74 percent reporting they were more likely to purchase from brands engaging them with experiences. In fact, 98 percent admitted they created social content when they participated in these experiences — and all of those who created content also shared content.The writing’s on the wall for companies that have paid attention. These experiences can be beneficial to brands of every type, and Surkus is determined to use technology to make experiential accessible.Abandoning the Spray-and-Pray ModelSurkus classifies three major areas as experiential: branding experiential (such as pop-ups), ticketed experiences (such as concerts or festivals), and immersive experiences (such as VR). In working with brands that launch experiences in every category, Surkus focuses on making the strongest matches it can between its members and its clients.It does that through technology. The brand’s platform uses an algorithm to identify the right audience members for each experience being offered. By curating a group that’s expressed interest in a certain subject or a similar brand, Surkus pinpoints the members who will feel excited about the opportunity.That translates to a win for Surkus’ client companies. Surkus’ focus on targeting the right audience makes both attendance and engagement possible. Clients can ask for a variety of engagements — social content, surveys, market research — with Surkus enabling communication between clients and members throughout every point of a campaign.“We don’t need to complicate things, but simplify them,” explains Stephen George, Surkus’ CEO. “We want to make sure the right audience is attending and engaging, and we know the little things are our clients’ entire objective in working with us. It doesn’t have to be complex.”Capitalizing on What They’ve GotSurkus’ knowledge of where members are at every touchpoint is valuable: By tracking members’ locations and activity, the platform can nudge them and offer reminders. The platform, designed for Instagram posts, can point out that a member, still at an event, just took 50 photos and should post one of them. If the member exited the venue, the client can ask questions to get real-time feedback on how the installation or product played in front of its audience.“It’s important to be able to time our interactions and engagements correctly,” George says. “In the moment, members shouldn’t be interrupted so they can absorb the experience. But there hasn’t been an easy way to transfer instantaneous reactions. Brands don’t want to target people when they walk in or when they’re in the middle of a performance — they’re not going to get very good information.”But good information is there for the taking. George points to concerts as an example: If a concert producer spent the majority of his budget on the closing act and the grand finale fireworks, but 40 percent of concertgoers left two hours before the encore, Surkus can provide that data to the producer so he can reconsider where he’s spending his money. While Surkus’ goal with members is to provide them with compelling experiences, the brand’s focus for clients is driving long-term value.“If brands have already planned out the production of their events and are wasting money at certain times, we need to be able to tell them,” George explains. “They may be able to restructure the production to use the same layout of money but increase engagement. And the longer we can keep people engaged, the more ancillary revenue that drives — but there’s also a better experience because there’s no lag in the event itself.”Bringing Experiential to the MassesTechnology has made things more affordable, particularly through automation. Surkus itself thrives on this fact: While a PR agency helping with experiential activations can handle 20 clients at one time, Surkus can work with 10,000. “Bodies just aren’t as efficient as our algorithm,” George says.This sheer volume helps every activation under Surkus’ umbrella — as its base grows, so does its data collection. This enables Surkus to give first-timers a head start by giving them insight into what’s worked well for similar types of events or which types of audience members responded best. But, as George says, that data becomes more meaningful as clients repeatedly work with Surkus to launch experiences; the brand can provide continuous data on who engaged or took actions so constant tweaks can occur.The affordability and ease created by technology hasn’t completely trickled down, and George says that’s created a misconception that lingers among small brands. “There’s a perception that events have to be grandiose, multimillion-dollar affairs that only global brands can afford,” he says. “It can be a small mom-and-pop retailer with a pop-up event, and that can be just as enticing as Under Armour launching a $1 million activation at its store. The point is targeting the people who will respond.”Brands from small businesses to international conglomerates should be fitting experiential into their budgets, regardless of the size. While attention is paid to experiences offered by Netflix, Anheuser-Busch, or LiveNation, anyone can do it, George points out, and platforms like Surkus enable the same types of results for brands of every size.Smaller brands that refuse to invest in experiential, in fact, will run into a universal problem: ad blockers and other tools that allow consumers to bypass marketing. With people skipping commercials regularly and billboards simply not having the reach they should for their cost, experiential has become a more affordable way to stick in consumers’ minds. Surkus’ platform offers a la carte services, allowing clients to determine what’s most important in terms of engagement and what fits within their budget. Getting one attendee to walk through the door at an event can cost as little as $3. After an era of spray-and-pray advertising, with money sprinkled everywhere, experiential can result in reverse sticker shock.What’s NextBringing experiential to the masses also means expanding markets, and that’s next on Surkus’ agenda. George, the former co-founder and head of operations for Groupon, says the Los Angeles-based business launched in Boston last month and is “relaunching” in San Francisco in October.“A lot of our markets in the past grew organically, but now we’re announcing launches in targeted areas — we’re highly dedicated to these new markets,” George says. The brand also has an eye on global growth and serving its clients in any market they’re operating in; beyond its office in Hong Kong, Surkus plans to expand to Singapore in the next few months.That reinforces the company’s belief that experiential isn’t necessarily what people think it is — and it’s not outside anyone’s reach. By incorporating technology to make experiential activations more affordable and accessible, Surkus just may have found a way to bring personalized experiences to the masses. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Tags:#branding#customer experience#CX#event marketing#experiential marketing#festival#marketing#pop-up shop How Data Analytics Can Save Lives AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Related Posts
Celebrate the remake of Poltergeist with this ghastly collection of classic practical horror effects!The original Poltergeist scared (and scarred) a generation with its gruesome practical horror effects and chilling imagery. Frankly, it ruined me forever on demonic clowns, carnivorous trees, and Native American burial grounds. This week sees the release of the Poltergeist remake starring Sam Rockwell. We doubt that this new version will be as reliant on practical effects, and that’s fine… Because we’ll always have the classic gore of the 70s and 80s. Below, you’ll find ten grisly examples of a lost art: Practical horror effects, crafted by hand and designed to disturb. These legendary practical horror effects inspired many a filmmaker, especially considering that a lot of these practical horror effects could be replicated in a suburban garage after a trip to the hardware store.A word of warning before we begin… This content is way more graphic than what we usually share here on PremiumBeat, but we feel like the creativity, ingenuity, and imagination that went into these scenes is second to none. These videos are not for the faint of heart. Squeamish readers are advised to proceed with caution! Enjoy!Poltergeist: That’s Gonna Leave a MarkThis scene is disgusting. It starts with a maggot-infested steak and ends with a guy tearing his own face off. It’s worth pointing out that the hands digging into actor Martin Casella’s flesh belong to none other than Steven Spielberg!Alien: Introducing the ChestbursterThis scene played a big part in Alien winning the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Ridley Scott shot this in one take using four cameras for coverage and for good reason. John Hurt’s artificial torso was filled with cow blood and guts — and legend has it that the actors were not informed as to how messy the scene would be. The result? Legit reactions of shock from the cast. Well played, Ridley Scott. Well played. An American Werewolf in London: The TransformationAn American Werewolf in London won Rick Baker the Oscar for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup. In fact, he was actually the first person to ever win the award. The following clip will show you why. The Fly: The Brundlefly Falls ApartSpecial effects wizard Chris Walas won the Oscar for turning Jeff Goldblum into a throbbing lump of insectoid gore. Some might consider that to be his greatest achievement, but I disagree. The reason: Walas created the Gremlins!John Carpenter’s The Thing: The Defibrillator SceneThe effects in this scene were created by Rob Bottin, who was mentored by Rick Baker. Clearly the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Bottin didn’t win the Oscar for his iconic work on The Thing. In fact, he wasn’t even nominated. Instead, the Academy gave the special effects award to the Daryl Hannah caveman film Quest for Fire. Scanners: You’re Blowing My MindThis brief moment from David Cronenberg’s 1981 psychic horror film Scanners has lived on as a gif and a meme. To create the cranial catastrophe, special effects mastermind Dick Smith filled a fake head full of dog food and rabbit livers and then shot it with a shotgun. Which sounds like a pretty sweet way to spend an afternoon.Raiders of the Lost Ark: Melting NazisSure, technically Raiders of the Lost Ark isn’t a horror film. But try telling that to six-year-old me in 1981 after I saw this scene. I strongly encourage you to spend a few minutes reading this page, where the special effects team discusses the ins and outs of making Nazis melt.If you’re interested in more behind-the-scenes practical effects magic, be sure to check out the following articles on PremiumBeat:Top 10 Best and Worst Practical Effects in Movie HistoryThe Old School Practical Effects of the Star Wars UniverseCineFix Presents a Collection of the Best Visual EffectsWhat’s your favorite scary movie? What’s the most disgusting effect you’ve ever seen in a film? Share in the comments below!
Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ TJ Dillashaw punches Cody Garbrandt during a bantamweight title at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — T.J. Dillashaw dropped undefeated Cody Garbrandt with a right and finished him off in the second round to win the 135-pound championship at UFC 217 Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Dillashaw (15-3) was rocked in the first round and stumbled to his stool when he took a shot to the face to end the first. Garbrandt, predicted by many as UFC’s next big star, even ducked under Dillashaw’s left leg as he kicked and did a little dance to the delight of the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Dillashaw stunned Garbrandt with a high left kick to the head and then a right hook that corkscrewed Garbrandt’s body and effectively ended the bout. UFC President Dana White strapped the belt around Dillashaw’s waist as the new bantamweight champ.“No Love” Garbrandt (11-1) earned one of the loudest ovations of the night when he was shown on the screen walking into MSG. He walked out having lost his shot at taking the next step as UFC’s hopeful breakout star.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 shutoutDillashaw won the bantamweight title in 2014 and had two successful defenses before he lost the belt to Dominick Cruz in 2016. View comments
Chennai Super Kings opener Shane Watson and Sunrisers Hyderabad leg-spinner Rashid Khan were involved in a heated war of words in a high-scoring 2019 IPL match at the Chepauk on Tuesday.Shane Watson and Suresh Raina had got off to a rapid start in pursuit of 176 against Sunrisers Hyderabad after Faf du Plessis was brilliantly run out by Deepak Hooda.Watson, who has been out of from in the 2019 Indian Premier League was key for the defending champions as Chennai Super Kings sought to reclaim the top spot in the points table. Rashid Khan, the most dangerous bowler in the SRH camp, was targetted early in his first over by Shane Watson and both men were fired up.Rashid Khan glared at Shane Watson after he hit him for a boundary off only his 2nd delivery and it was soon a public verbal joust even as the over ended.What’s going on, mate?#CSKvSRH pic.twitter.com/nz9HVrh6c5IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 23, 2019Rashid Khan, in his next over, bowled a beautful googly to remove Suresh Raina, who was looking in sublime touch. Meanwhile, Shane Watson continued to hold fort for the Super Kings in a steep chase as Ambati Rayudu joined him in the middle.In the end, Rashid Khan conceded 44 runs off his 4 overs – the most expensive spell he has bowled in the 2019 IPL. Shane Watson, meanwhile, smashed 96 and scripted CSK’s 6-wicket win at the Chepauk.This was not the first time Shane Watson got involved in a sledge-fest this season.advertisementLast month, Shane Watson had somehow managed to rile up Delhi Capitals fast bowler Ishan Sharma. DC skipper Shreyas Iyer pulled his pacer away but Watson next had an exchange with Kagiso Rabada.Incidentally, in that game, Shane Watson smashed 44 off 26 balls as Chennai Super Kings stormed to a 6-wicket win. Watson was named man-of-the-match.Between the Feroz Shah Kotla game on March 26 and the Chepauk game on April 23, Shane Watson’s run of scores read 13. 5, 26., 17, 0, 6, 31 and 5. He was on fire against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday but there were the usual Watson sparks flying again.In the 2018 IPL final against Sunrisers, Shane Watson had hit a sensational hundred as Chennai Super Kings won the title for the 3rd time.Also Read | The guys are frustrated: Jacques Kallis as KKR seek to end 5-match losing streakAlso Read | Want to play for RCB in IPL throughout my life: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso See
Star Studded Stop in Dallas for #TeamTCI Recommended for you Related Items:airline, flights, international, travel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIt only takes seconds for the 38 countries affected by the recent US Border Control ESTA notice to register themselves online.CEO of InterCaribbean Airways, Trevor Sadler said those holders of Turks and Caicos e-passports will continue to enjoy the unique relationship where they can travel on a TCI Police record; and that it is fine for e-Passport holders who have a US Visa to travel in the States as is, but for those who are on the list of countries apart of the Visa Waiver Program, including the UK, they will need to get an ESTA else they will not be processed by airlines for travel into the United States.The change has been in effect since April 1, 2016 according to online notices issued recently.Sadler said their ICA flight into San Juan, Puerto Rico is affected by the new requirement and this means unless the traveler from one on the list of 38 countries has their Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA; interCaribbean Airways would not be able to check them in and explained that even if they did, US authorities in San Juan are likely to turn the traveler back.Sadler said it literally takes seconds to register for that ESTA, online.It only takes seconds for the 38 countries affected by the recent US Border Control ESTA notice to register themselves online.CEO of InterCaribbean Airways, Trevor Sadler said those holders of Turks and Caicos e-passports will continue to enjoy the unique relationship where they can travel on a TCI Police record; and that it is fine for e-Passport holders who have a US Visa to travel in the States as is, but for those who are on the list of countries apart of the Visa Waiver Program, including the UK, they will need to get an ESTA else they will not be processed by airlines for travel into the United States.The change has been in effect since April 1, 2016 according to online notices issued recently.Sadler said their ICA flight into San Juan, Puerto Rico is affected by the new requirement and this means unless the traveler from one on the list of 38 countries has their Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA; interCaribbean Airways would not be able to check them in and explained that even if they did, US authorities in San Juan are likely to turn the traveler back.Sadler said it literally takes seconds to register for that ESTA, online. Road Show delegation starts in the Western USA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tourism Pitch In Houston Impresses 45 Year Travel Agent
One of the biggest strengths of Xiaomi is its continued support for ageing smartphones. The company has updated phones dating back five years old with the latest MIUI software. But it looks like Xiaomi has made a decision that won’t make many users happy.Owners of some older Redmi smartphones won’t be receiving future MIUI updates or any Global Beta, which puts an end to the software support once and for all. The announcement was made on the Mi Community forum, affecting users all across the globe including India.The affected Redmi models that won’t be receiving any future software updates from Xiaomi are:Xiaomi Redmi Note 4Xiaomi Redmi 3SXiaomi Redmi 3XXiaomi Redmi 4Xiaomi Redmi 4AXiaomi Redmi Note 3Xiaomi Redmi Pro Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? Close Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 won’t receive future software updatesXiaomiIt’s worth noting that the Mi Community Admin who made the announcement on Indian board said the normal upgrade for other devices won’t be affected for the time being. This hints that Xiaomi might end support for other ageing Redmi phones soon, but for now, it has limited end of support towards the aforementioned seven models.What this also means is that all variants of Redmi Note 4 and other Redmi phones in the list won’t get rid of the ads in the interface. Xiaomi is said to eliminate them in MIUI 11 and the latest announcement doesn’t favour the seven Redmi phones the company launched years ago. Xiaomi Redmi 4 also won’t receive future MIUI updatesMi websiteOn the bright side, Redmi phones mentioned in the list will continue to receive normal security updates. But don’t hold on to these phones for long as the company might decide to end that support as well. The best way to stay up-to-date with the latest MIUI software is to upgrade to a newer phone and there are plenty of options from Redmi, such as Redmi Note 7-series and the upcoming Redmi 7.As for those who do not worry too much about the software updates or security updates, the phones won’t stop working. Users will still be able to use all the existing features in the phones even after the software support has been terminated.
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of International Development. AFP file photoMarie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will travel to Bangladesh from 21 to 23 November to witness first-hand the devastating impact of the Rohingya crisis, reports UNB.The Canadian minister will assess the best ways for Canada to assist the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled from Myanmar.Minister Bibeau will also meet with the government of Bangladesh to discuss its efforts to address the Rohingya crisis.Since 25 August, more than 620,000 Rohingya, mainly women and children, have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar.This is in addition to an estimated 300,000 Rohingyas who had previously sought refuge in Bangladesh.The country has opened its borders and is providing life-saving assistance in camps and informal settlements in the Cox’s Bazar area located in the south of the country along the border with Myanmar.During her visit, minister Bibeau will visit refugee settlements and host communities to engage with beneficiaries, including Rohingya women, children and local Bangladeshi, to gain a deeper understanding of the needs on the ground.She will also meet with humanitarian partners and representatives of local civil society to discuss the response and coordination of efforts to assist the most vulnerable.Canada has had a long-standing development programme in Bangladesh, which includes support to health and education.On the last day of her visit, minister Bibeau will meet with senior Bangladeshi government officials, local women’s organisations and other partners to discuss development needs in Bangladesh, particularly as they relate to the empowerment of women and girls.“The unprecedented scale of the current Rohingya crisis and its dire impact on women and children requires us all to take urgent action,” said the minister.That is why, the minister said, Canada launched the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, which matches dollar for dollar every eligible donation that Canadians make to an organisation providing life-saving assistance to the Rohingya people.“Canadians can be proud of our country’s experienced humanitarian partners that are providing vital assistance to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable, especially women and girls,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau.The Rohingya refugee situation has become the world’s fastest-growing refugee and humanitarian crisis.Thus far in 2017, Canada has committed over $25 million in humanitarian assistance funding in Bangladesh and Myanmar.On 31 October, Canada launched the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund. For every eligible donation made by individuals to registered Canadian charities between 25 August and 28 November 2017, the government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.On 23 October, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau named the Honourable Bob Rae as his special envoy to Myanmar.As special envoy, Rae will reinforce the urgent need to resolve the humanitarian and security crisis in Myanmar and to address the situation affecting these vulnerable people.Rae visited the refugee settlements in Bangladesh on November 4 and subsequently briefed Minister Bibeau as she prepared for her own visit.
Prothom Alo file PhotoThe primary education completion examinations will begin on 18 November, according to an official of the primary and mass education ministry. The official said the examinations will start at 10:30am instead of 11:00am, with duration of two and half hours.This decision was taken at a meeting of the steering committee on exams at the secretariat on Wednesday with primary and mass education minister Mostafizur Rahman in the chair.The official said the exam papers will be evaluated in the respective upazilas. Earlier these were evaluated in different upazilas.In special cases, a candidate will be given an additional 30 minutes instead of 20 minutes. The exams will end on 26 November.