Davis wants to avoid Euro hype

first_img A clinical 2-0 away win over Group F’s faltering favourites Greece on Tuesday made it three wins in three for Michael O’Neill’s men, Northern Ireland’s best ever start to a World Cup or European campaign. That leaves them top of the standings by two points and in with a wonderful chance of reaching their first major finals in 30 years. Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis will attempt to steer clear of the growing expectation surrounding the side following their flawless start to Euro 2016 qualifying. Press Association But while Southampton midfielder Davis is delighted for the fans back home, who can now start to dream of an unexpected trip to France, he feels it is no bad thing for the squad to get back across the water and away from the excitement. “I don’t think trying to keep our feet on the ground will be much of an issue,” said Davis, whose side came into the group having dropped into seeding pot five. “It may help that we don’t see the hype at home but it is great to have that again. “People have optimism but we know there is another tough away game next month in Romania and the most important thing for us is to continue the momentum. “It’s been an unbelievable start for us because I don’t think anyone could have foreseen it, especially the way the fixtures came out with two tough away games in Hungary and Greece. “We are just delighted with the start and we will enjoy it but then it’s about concentrating on Romania next month.” Davis joined the praise for striker Kyle Lafferty, who maintained his own 100 per cent record of scoring in every game so far. The Norwich man has not always delivered on his promise on the international stage but has shown a new-found maturity this year, with man-of-the-match displays against Hungary, the Faroe Islands and Greece. And Davis is delighted to see his former Rangers team-mate back at his imposing best. “Big Laff has been excellent. He gives us that outlet and in the first three games he’s been outstanding,” he said. “He’s been unbelievable for us but that is the sort of thing we are going to need from him if we are going to be successful. “It’s been an excellent start and I’m sure he will take a lot of confidence from it. “He really deserves it. He works so hard for the team, even in the past and it’s nice to see him getting his rewards.” last_img read more

Breaking: Gardai seal off house as elderly couple found dead

first_imgGardai have sealed off a house in the village of Convoy after an elderly couple were found dead.The couple were found dead earlier today by neighbours who alerted Gardai.The coroner for Donegal, Dr Denis McCauley is on his way to the scene to carry out a further examination of the bodies. Gardai have sealed off the area and a full Garda forensic examination is expected to also take place.The married couple were very well-known in the area.A Garda spokesman said “This is very fresh and we simply cannot say at this stage how they died.“A full examination of the scene will be carried out to determine what direction our investigation will take.” We will bring you more on this story as we get it.Breaking: Gardai seal off house as elderly couple found dead was last modified: March 14th, 2019 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:convoycoronercouple deaddonegalGardailast_img read more

Bumgarner to Astros? Report says Giants ‘engaged’ with Houston

first_imgJust when it was looking like Madison Bumgarner was sure to stay in San Francisco, another report says he could be leaving.Yahoo baseball writer Tim Brown reported Tuesday morning that the Giants and Astros were “engaged” in talks about a potential Bumgarner trade. But he also said it was not clear how serious the conversation was.The Giants are known to be open to trade discussions on a number of players — Bumgarner chief among them — but their hot July run has clouded whether they’ll …last_img

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Spotlight On The Northwest

first_imgAt this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable, we put a special focus on entrepreneurs in the northwestern part of the United States, and we had three presenters, all from Washington.The first, Nitie Mehta from Redmond, Washington, presented Dental Office Services, a business process outsourcing (BPO) concept targeted to help small dental offices handle their office management, financial processing, claims collections, and patient communication functionsNitie is working with dentists to validate her assumptions about the service, and she is a member of the 1M/1M premium program. In the spirit of 1M/1M, I invited the audience to connect her with dentists in the United States who may be willing to speak with her and help her understand the specifics of what she needs to put together in her offering. And readers, I request you to do the same. Please feel free to e-mail Nitie with your suggestions through 1M/1MMeanwhile, I also asked Nitie to look into what athenahealth offers in terms of dental practices since they are one of the most successful SaaS-enabled BPO companies in existence right now in the field of healthcare IT. It would be a good idea to explore what part of their technology could be used to deliver what Nitie wants to offer. You can read more about athenahealth hereWe also had two other entrepreneurs who are working with the William Factory Incubator in Tacoma, WashingtonWise Mind Studios LLCScott Deutsch and Robin Deutsch with Wise Mind Studios LLC in Tacoma presented Life Skills Winner, a learning app to help autistic and developmentally challenged children learn certain skills. The app has just been released and has been downloaded about 250 times in a week, which is a good startWhile I like the basic concept, the company needs to do a lot of positioning work. It’s a bit all over the place, trying to cater to everybody and their mother (literally), including refugees from developing countries. I advised them to focus on parents of autistic children of a certain age band, say 5 to 7 years. It is that kind of precision that will drive a focused go-to-market strategyOrbiterThen Greg Snead, also from Tacoma, discussed Orbiter, an RFID venture that is moving along quite nicely, having clocked more than $700,000 in revenue last year. The company has bootstrapped using services, a philosophy we espouse heavily in 1M/1M, and has simultaneously gathered a group of angel investors who are supporting it through the next phase. At this point, Greg is in the process of bringing in two additional investors, and the primary topics of our discussion were valuation and ROI issues around the new investors. Orbiter expects to give its investors a 15 times return on investment based on their current pipeline and revenue forecast. If that does happen, I would say the investors will have done extremely wellHappy GrasshopperIn addition to the Northwest contingent, we had Dan Stewart from Safety Harbor, Florida, pitching Happy Grasshopper. Dan is also a premium member of the 1M/1M program and a serial entrepreneur, having done about seven companies so far. Happy Grasshopper is an e-mail marketing service that assists real estate agents in reaching out to their networks and generating referrals. Dan is already seeing strong conversion from site visitors to free registrations (over 17%, which is excellent), and reasonable conversion from free to paid subscribers for the service. Dan wanted to know how to increase the conversionMy sense is that because Dan has such good ROI case studies, it would simply be a matter of showcasing these case studies prominently on the landing page and then focusing on increasing traffic flow into the site. We discussed a numbers of customer acquisition methods to do so. We also discussed Dan’s options vis-à-vis channel partnersSocial PulseUp last, Thomas Vellaringattu from San Jose, California, pitched Social Pulse, a service through which he is helping small businesses that are not terribly net savvy set up profiles and use social media to market and curate relevant information to help them marketTom wants to use college students and unemployed people and arm them with the Social Pulse platform, such that they can market the service in their local region, as well as make money by building and managing Social Pulse profiles on behalf of local small businessesTom has positioning issues and has presented Social Pulse as a much broader service than what it needs to be. We discussed ways to acquire small business customers and how to recruit college students through internshipsNext week, we are going to partner with the Indian Angel Network for the strategy roundtable. You can register for the next roundtable hereYou can also listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here and select the business you like best through a poll on the 1M/1M Facebook page. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here.Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, writes the blog Business Strategy for Entrepreneurs and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#StartUp 101 sramana mitralast_img read more

Four Rohingya Muslims deported

first_imgFour Rohingya Muslims, who had served out their prison term for entering Manipur without valid documents, were freed on Tuesday. Official sources said Mohammad Yunus, 23, Mohammad Abdul Amin, 40, Mohammad Hussain, 19, and Mohammad Sofi, 26, hailed from areas under the Buthidaung Mrone police station in Myanmar. They had entered the Indian State at different times. After the Home Department ordered their deportation, a police team escorted them to Moreh, the border town, and handed them over to Myanmar officials.last_img

Told Ya this Was a Huge Deal Bud CraveTV Orders a Third

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “LETTERKENNY continues to be a leading performer in the CraveTV lineup, and so as we finalize Season 2 launch plans, we are delivering a Season 3 pick-up now to capitalize on the incredible momentum oozing from this amazing production team,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty.“LETTERKENNY is a distinctive and authentic, proudly original program that not only drives views, but also subscriber acquisition, making today’s announcement a great day for comedy fans everywhere,” said Tracey Pearce, President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media.Season 1 of LETTERKENNY had the biggest debut of any series on CraveTV since the premium TV streaming service launched in 2014, with more CraveTV users watching LETTERKENNY than any other series or title on CraveTV. LETTERKENNY is based on the Internet sensation Letterkenny Problems, a series of shorts which have raked in more than 18 million views. Created and co-written by Jared Keeso of Bravo’s hit Canadian Screen Award-nominated original drama 19-2, LETTERKENNY is executive produced, directed, and co-written by Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky), who returns for Season 2.With just one season unveiled on CraveTV, LETTERKENNY has already garnered Texas-sized acclaim from critics and celebrities and inspired fan-generated videos, and memes. Below are just a few samples of fan praise, among them, mega-stars Jay Baruchel and Kevin Smith.! @LetterkennyProb is the funniest TV show that I’m not the lead of! @BaruchelNDG“You cross-fit?” “Well you can [email protected] off.” #LetterKenny is my new favorite anything ever. [email protected] it’s hysterical!” @ThatKevinSmithFan-generated recreations:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iGbla24h-IOn super soft birthdays:LETTERKENNY revolves around the dustups Wayne (Keeso) and his buds get into with their small-town Ontario rivals. There’s The Hicks, the Skids, and the Hockey Players, who get at each other about the most mundane things, often ending with someone getting their ass kicked. LETTERKENNY is produced by New Metric Media (What Would Sal Do?), in partnership with DHX Media in association with Bell Media, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) is executive producer, director, and co-writer. Patrick O’Sullivan and Mark Montefiore (Cas & Dylan) are executive producers for New Metric Media. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Executive for Bell Media is Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. Twitter TORONTO (August 8, 2016) – As announced on Saturday during Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation’s event highlighting the year’s successful productions in Sudbury, CraveTV confirms that it has ordered a third season of LETTERKENNY. Season 1 has been battin’ a hundy p, so CraveTV’s keepin ‘er goin’ with another six-pack slated to begin production in 2017. This toe-curling announcement comes just weeks after production wrapped on Season 2, which is set to premiere on CraveTV later this year. The half-hour, small-town comedy is produced by New Metric Media in partnership with DHX Media, and shoots on location in and around Sudbury, ON. Season 1 is currently streaming on CraveTV.“Canadian comedy has always had a unique voice but LETTERKENNY stands apart,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “We’re excited to continue working with Jared, Jacob, the exceptionally talented cast, our tireless production partners New Metric Media, and of course the city of Sudbury, as LETTERKENNY heads back to the farm.” CraveTV on TwitterCraveTV on FacebookAbout Bell Media Independent ProductionBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, and the upcoming drama CARDINAL. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, the smash-hit thriller BITTEN, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, and Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others.About New Metric MediaNew Metric Media is a film, television, and new media production company that works with top creative talent to produce outstanding film, television, and new media content to entertain the world over. New Metric Media’s past and present projects include the upcoming series WHAT WOULD SAL DO? and the feature film Cas & Dylan, directed by Jason Priestley and starring Academy Award®-winner Richard Dreyfuss and Golden Globe®-nominee Tatiana Maslany. For more information visit www.newmetricmedia.com.About DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com) is the world’s leading independent, pure-play kids’ content company. Owner of the world’s largest independent library of kids’ and family content, at more than 11,500 half-hours, DHX Media is recognized globally for such brands as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Make It Pop, Slugterra and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. DHX Media is comprised of four main business units: DHX Studios creates high-quality original entertainment at its Vancouver and Halifax animation studios, its Toronto live-action studio, and in working with top international producers; DHX Distribution is a major provider of content to the global market; DHX Television, home to the Family suite of channels, is dedicated to delivering best-in-class programming to Canadian families; and DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and managing high-profile global entertainment brands within the children’s and young-adult markets. DHX Media also owns the full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG), which represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media has offices in 15 cities worldwide, including Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich, Amsterdam and Beijing. The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol DHXM, and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols DHX.A and DHX.B.About CraveTVCreated for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs, and CraveTV will soon be available via select game consoles. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca. 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Famed balloonist proposing huge inflatable solar updraft tower for observatory

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —Famed balloonist Per Lindstrand (he crossed the Pacific Ocean in one with Richard Branson back in 1991) has told The Engineer that he is proposing a 1km high inflatable solar updraft tower to power the ALMA Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Explore further More information: via The Engineer Entrepreneur receives funding for ‘tornado’ power generator © 2013 Phys.org Solar tower. Credit: drroyspencer Citation: Famed balloonist proposing huge inflatable solar updraft tower for observatory (2013, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-famed-balloonist-huge-inflatable-solar.html Solar towers aren’t new of course, the idea has been bandied about for over a century. The idea is to draw heat from the sun at the base up inside the tower where the air current becomes strong enough to turn turbines. A group in Spain built a prototype in the 1980’s but it was decommissioned after just 8 years due to wear and tear and rust.Lindstrand is claiming that the way to go is to forego metal or cement, and construct the tower out of inflatable material—something he knows a lot about of course due to his ballooning background. Building a tower is something on a different order though, it would need to last a lot longer than a balloon to make it cost effective. Lindstrand envisions a coating that would make the flexible skin impervious to weather and UV radiation. He believes such a tower would not only last longer, but would be far cheaper to construct. He says he and his colleagues back at University College in London have calculated that it would cost approximately $750 million to construct a 1km tall solar tower out of cement—but one made of inflatable materials could be constructed for as little as $20 million. A tower like that, he says, would be able to generate 281GWh power annually. It’d be big too, with a base approximately 7km wide.Lindstrand and his team are currently working on a small proof of concept prototype that will be just 3.5m tall. If that proves successful, they expect to construct one that will be closer to 10 meters tall. Even if the second prototype is successful, however, it’s still not clear if the people who would make such a decision for ALMA Observatory would be willing to take such a gamble. Lindstrand notes that the desert environment would be an ideal location for such a tower due to the fine sand in the area that causes problems for traditional solar cell maintenance.last_img read more