Donegal passengers get a new route to Germany with Ireland West Airport

first_imgIreland West Airport in Knock has welcomed the first scheduled service from Cologne with Ryanair to the West of Ireland.Between June and September Ryanair will operate direct flights to and from Cologne every Tuesday and Saturday to Ireland West which is becoming more and more popular with Donegal people.Cologne is Germany’s fourth largest city and the largest city of the State of North Rhine–Westphalia. Centred on the left bank of the Rhine, Cologne is regarded as Germany’s capital of carnivals reflecting the lifestyle of its inhabitants, who make Cologne the incredibly energetic spot that it is. Cologne is ideally located just an hours train journey from Frankfurt and only 90 minutes from Brussels providing easy onwards travel options for visitors.This new service is a major boost for tourism in the West and North West regions of Ireland as it provides the only direct access to the West Coast from the North Rhine-Westphalia region.Germany is the third-largest market for tourism to the island of Ireland with a record year forecasted in 2018 of over 650,000 German visitors with 50% of German holidaymakers visiting the West and North West of Ireland during their stay.On hand to greet arriving passengers were representatives from the Gourmet Greenway Food Trail who provided samples of delicious locally produced cuisines. The food trail has been devised by the Mulranny Park Hotel, in association with Mayo food producers, to showcase the wonderful artisan food in the vicinities of Mulranny, Newport, Westport and Achill.Accompanying passengers on the first flight from Cologne were a selection of media representatives from some of Germanys biggest media organisations who will be taking part in a 3 day familiarisation trip around the West and North West of Ireland during their stay.Speaking at the launch, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport said “We are delighted to welcome the first service from Cologne with Ryanair today. German holidaymakers are Ireland’s most active visitors, exploring our historical sites and engaging in multiple events/activities such as hill walking and hiking while on the island, which ties in perfectly with the airports location as the Western gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.“We thank Ryanair for their continued support and their vote of confidence in the airport and we hope the service will attract the full support of all in the region as it will require even greater effort on all our behalf’s to ensure the route is a success and is maintained for the longer term and can lead to further expansion into Germany and beyond in the coming years’.Eimear Ryan, Sales and Marketing Executive, Ryanair, added they pleased to officially launch our new twice weekly service from Ireland West Airport Knock to Cologne. She said “To celebrate the start of this new route, we are releasing seats on sale from just €19.99 for travel in June and July, which are only available for booking on the website until midnight Thursday (6 June). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto now and avoid missing out.”Welcoming the first German visitors to touch down off the flight today, Michael Ring, Minister for Rural & Community Development said this brings more good news for Irish tourism as we welcome German visitors to the West of Ireland with Ryanair on their first flight from Cologne.He said “Germany is the third-largest market for tourism to Ireland with over 300,000 Germans visiting the West and North West of the country annually. This new direct service will provide a major tourism boost for the region as it brings visitors to the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. For regional Ireland, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism for rural Ireland’.Donegal passengers get a new route to Germany with Ireland West Airport was last modified: June 2nd, 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:CologneIreland West AirportKnockryanairlast_img read more

Life Didn’t Start on Hot Clay

first_imgStrike off one more proposal for the origin of life.  “Darwin’s warm pond theory tested,” announced the BBC News, but it was found wanting.    Origin of life researchers have long recognized the serious problem of concentrating organic molecules in a primordial soup such that they could interact and grow.  A popular ingredient in the mix in recent years has been clay.  Some suggested that organic molecules could adhere to the surfaces of clay minerals and thereby get close enough to join hands.  Rather than occurring in the open ocean, they suggested this process might occur in hot springs or at deep sea vents.    David Deamer (UC Santa Cruz) has revealed a difficulty with this proposal;  “in our experiments,” he said, “the organic compounds became so strongly held to the clay particles that they could not undergo any further chemical reactions.”   That appears to bring the clay scenario to a dead end.  “The results are surprising and in some ways disappointing.  It seems that hot acidic waters containing clay do not provide the right conditions for chemicals to assemble themselves into ‘pioneer organisms.’”  Deamer is not ruling out the “warm little pond” scenario completely, but his findings dash cold water on hot springs or hydrothermal vents.    The results, not yet published, were presented at an international meeting at the Royal Society to discuss the latest ideas on the origin of life.  About 200 were in attendance.  Organizer Ian Smith (U of Cambridge) explained the reason for the conference: “Understanding how life emerged on Earth within 1,000 million years of its formation is both a fascinating scientific problem and an essential step in predicting the presence of life elsewhere in the Universe.”  Nevertheless, the BBC stated, “While our understanding of the world is rapidly increasing, the answer to how life began on Earth remains elusive.”Robert Hazen (George Mason U) made a big deal of clay in his recent lecture series for The Teaching Company on the origins of life.  He described clays as almost magical surfaces for concentrating organic molecules so that they could polymerize and grow into more suitable building blocks for life.  The options are diminishing.  Shall we pull that part of the lecture out in the second edition?  How about including some discussion of intelligent design, a cause sufficient to explain the observations?    Maybe OOL (origin-of-life) people like warm little pond stories because they sound like a spa.  OK, the doctor’s prescription: take two ID pills after a hot bath.  The patient returns.  “Have you taken the ID pills that I prescribed?” the doctor asks.  “Not yet,” the OOL fool replies; “I’m still trying to swallow the rest of the hot bath.”    It’s a free country; just don’t expect the rest of us to swallow it, either.  ID pills work wonders.  They have all the left-handed amino acids, ribose, calcium, iron and every other essential nutrient, all in the right proportions.  What’s more, they are chewable and easy to digest.  Try one with that next Charlie-horse stomach ache you get at school from vitamin D (design) deficiency.  (Geophagy can be dangerous and is not recommended).(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Will treat waste I generate, says Goa CM

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday took an oath to take responsibility for treating waste generated in government offices and nominated three others, including leader of the Opposition, to take a similar oath.Addressing a press conference at his official residence, Mr. Sawant said he would be setting up bio-digesters in all government offices to treat waste, and urged citizens to do so as well.“I will treat the waste I generate myself. My secretariat, my government offices will also be part of this process,” Mr. Sawant said after taking the oath, a day ahead of Goa Statehood Day.“I have also nominated Deputy Chief Ministers Vijai Sardesai, Manohar Ajgaonkar and Leader of the Opposition to take a similar oath. Let leaders start treating their own waste. People will emulate them,” said the Chief Minister.Mr. Sawant said schools and panchayats would also be involved in the oath-taking process on the occasion of Goa Statehood Day, in order to improve cleanliness and rein in the garbage menace.The Chief Minister also said households should start investing in bio-digesters or make them on their own, but said that while the government would look to subsidise bio-digesters, there was no question of the government giving them away for free. “Home composters cost ₹1,000 to ₹7,000. You could also make one from a bucket,” Mr. Sawant said.Piling up of garbage on the State’s beaches as well as in rural and urban areas in recent years has been a cause for concern for the government and tourism industry.A garbage dump in South Goa’s Sonsoddo has been emitting smoke due to a fire triggered by combustible methane gas pockets in the dump, and the government has been unable to douse it. “I am monitoring the situation on a day-to-day basis. Four firefighting vehicles are already there. We will be controlling it in a few days,” he said.last_img read more

Study shows students find personal tweets from professors makes them more credible

first_img Citation: Study shows students find personal tweets from professors makes them more credible (2011, March 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further 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. Study: Seasoned profs prepare students for advanced learning In their study, 120 students were split into three groups and all were sent 22 tweets with hyperlinks that were purportedly sent by a professor; one group was sent tweets that were considered all business, or scholarly, another group received tweets that were all of a personal or social nature, while the third group received tweets that were a mix of the two. After receiving the tweets, the students were then asked to rate the degree of credibility they ascribed to the faux professor. Johnson reports that the group that received the social or personal tweets rated the professor as having the highest credibility of the three groups.Johnson, a professor of communications, chose to undertake the study, apparently, to better understand not only how students perceive their professors, but also to offer a guide for professors seeking to make their way in world where the technology around them likely changes faster than any material they may be covering in their lectures.While the report does seem to support prior research that has suggested that students respond better to instructors who are more open or personable, as Johnson maintains in the paper, there are detractors that suggest that such a study doesn’t take into account other personality factors that would occur naturally were the students in the group actually exposed to an instructor by sitting in his or her classroom. Also, the fact that the professors in the study were all presented as female, might have skewed the results. This along with the fact that older students that participated in the study tended to sway the opposite way, and in fact felt inclined at some points to suggest that professors tweeting about personal stuff was in fact unprofessional, which caused them to grade them as less credible.It’s clear that before any grand assumptions can be made regarding what professors should or shouldn’t be tweeting to their students, far more research is needed on the subject; and until then, professors would be wise to be cautious, as the line between divulging personal information to engender credibility, and inappropriate behavior, could be to closer for comfort.last_img read more

Employees of Microsoft ask Microsoft not to bid on US Militarys Project

first_imgLast Tuesday, Microsoft announced plans to bid on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which is a $10 billion project to build cloud services for the Department of Defense. However, over this weekend, an account named ‘Employees of Microsoft’ on Medium has urged the company not to bid on the JEDI project in an open letter. They said, “The contract is massive in scope and shrouded in secrecy, which makes it nearly impossible to know what we as workers would be building.” At the time of writing, no further details about the ‘Employees of Microsoft’ Medium account apart from the fact that the open letter is their first post, have come to light. We are unaware of whether this account genuinely represents a section of employees at Microsoft and if they do, what number of employees have signed this open letter. No names have been attached to the open letter. Earlier this month, Google announced that they will not be competing for the Pentagon’s cloud-computing contract. They opted out of bidding for project JEDI saying the project may conflict with their principles for the ethical use of AI. In August, Oracle Corp filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office(GAO) against the JEDI cloud contract. Oracle believes that the contract should not be awarded only to a single company but instead, allow for multiple winners. DoD Chief Management Officer John H. Gibson II explained the program’s impact, saying, “We need to be very clear. This program is truly about increasing the lethality of our department.” Many Microsoft employees agree that what they build should not be used for waging war. Per the letter, “When we decided to work at Microsoft, we were doing so in the hopes of empowering every person on the planet to achieve more, not with the intent of ending lives and enhancing lethality.” They also alleged that with JEDI, Microsoft executives are on track to betray the principles of “reliability and safety, privacy and security, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability” in exchange for short-term profits. What do Microsoft employees want? Microsoft employees have asked strong questions such as, “what are Microsoft’s A.I. Principles, especially regarding the violent application of powerful A.I. technology? How will workers, who build and maintain these services in the first place, know whether our work is being used to aid profiling, surveillance, or killing?” They want clear ethical guidelines and meaningful accountability on which uses of technology are acceptable, and which are off the table. They also want the cloud and edge solutions listed on Azure’s blog to be reviewed by Microsoft’s A.I. ethics committee, Aether. Not just that, the petitioners have also urged employees of other tech companies to take similar actions asking questions like, “how your work will be used, where it will be applied, and then act according to your principles.” Many employees within Microsoft have also voiced ethical concerns regarding the company’s ongoing contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Per this contract, Microsoft provides Azure cloud computing services that have enabled ICE to enact violence and terror on families at the border and within the United States. “Despite our objections, the contract remains in place. Microsoft’s decision to pursue JEDI reiterates the need for clear ethical guidelines, accountability, transparency, and oversight.” Read the entire open letter on Medium. Read Next Google opts out of Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract, as it doesn’t align with its ethical use of AI principles. Oracle’s bid protest against U.S Defence Department’s(Pentagon) $10 billion cloud contract. Google takes steps toward better security, introduces new API policies for 3rd parties and a Titan Security system for mobile devices.last_img read more

Goway launches 2017 Africa Middle East travel planner

first_img TORONTO – Goway Travel has released its new 2017 brochure with more than 250 travel ideas for Africa and the Middle East.More than 20 countries are covered in the new travel planner. New tours for 2017 include:Goway’s 32-day ‘Ultimate Journey of a Lifetime, The Cape to Cairo’ returns with even more additionsExpanded VIP programs including five new itineraries, the Ultimate Air Safari Tour, Southern Africa Extravaganza, Malawi and Zambia Getaway, Legendary Cape and Delta and the African SamplerThe new Spectacular South Africa, a small group, 15-day, escorted tour featuring deluxe accommodationsNew exclusive game lodges in South AfricaUpgraded Kilimanjaro climbsAn 11-day Kenya Family Safari, perfect for younger globetrottersTwo safari and beach packages combining South Africa and MozambiqueNewly added Pemba and Mafia Island stays, “a great extension to any safari in East Africa”New overland tour from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls for more adventurous travellersGoway first entry into Africa was overland expeditions. Its product range has since grown to include fly in safaris, exotic beach destinations and romantic rail journeys. See Friday, September 30, 2016 Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Tags: Goway Travel Goway launches 2017 Africa & Middle East travel planner << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more