It’s official – Portnoo man Gerald McHugh is a national treasure.He hasn’t played in 500 games for his country or presented Ireland’s longest-running radio quiz show.Gerald is one of the featured contributors in the brand new National Treasures Book, which is the latest instalment of the National Treasures project that captured the nation’s imagination on RTE television earlier this year. Gerald who brought along his Rabbit Trap to a National Treasures Roadshow in Belfast is one of a select few individuals to be featured in the publication which is sure to be a top seller around the country this Christmas.The trap tells the story of Gerald’s father, John McHugh, and his life a rabbit trapper in Donegal during World War 2.The National Treasures project was a campaign to collect objects cherished by people and families that explore the history of the island of Ireland over the past 100 years.The aim was to gather objects, passed down through generations or relatively recently acquired, which revealed an aspect of Ireland’s history, culture and experience. Since then, the project has transformed from a website to nationwide roadshow events, a TV series, an exhibition and now a book containing some of the amazing objects and stories uncovered.Authors and producers of the National Treasures project, Ciarán Deeney and David Clarke said “It’s been a real treat to spend the past year meeting the people of Ireland and discovering so many amazing objects and the stories behind them. We’re forever grateful to all the people that participated and we feel that this book illustrates perfectly how the National Treasures project was a powerful insight into the fabric of a nation”With a foreword by RTÉ’s John Creedon, this fascinating book reveals a selection of 200 diverse and fascinating objects that were unearthed by the project and presents them alongside the owners and the personal stories attached.From a pair of Sonia O’Sullivan’s Olympic running shoes to a War of Independence grenade, the stories contained within are profound, entertaining, heart-warming and tragic.The National Treasures project was produced by EZ Films for RTÉ in association with the National Museum of Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The book is available in all good book shops and online at www.nationaltreasures.ie/shop Why this Donegal man is now a National Treasure! was last modified: November 16th, 2018 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:Gerald McHughNational TreasuresPortnooRTE
California’s Reader Privacy Act has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill was authored by California State Senator Leland Yee, and sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The act will become law in 2012, and provides similar privacy protections to those that are enjoyed by library patrons. That’s good news for California residents and businesses, but it’s still not enough. The law, which will take effect on January 1, only applies to books and eBooks. It means that government or third parties won’t be able to demand access to reading records, without proper justification and transparency about how the records are disclosed. The fact sheet from the EFF and ACLU (PDF) notes that government entities must obtain a court order and give the book seller or provider the opportunity to contest the request. Civil actions have to show “compelling interest” and prove that they’re using the “least intrusive means” for accessing records. Readers, of course, have the right to consent to disclosure even if those conditions don’t apply.Business ImpactThe act is dependent on the location of the reader, not the book service. According to the ACLU, if a user is outside California then they provisions shouldn’t apply. But a business not based in California may be bound by the provisions when doing business with California residents. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news Businesses are required to prepare a report if they surpass 30 requests for information. Valerie Small Navarro, an ACLU senior legislative advocate, says that it shouldn’t be triggered under normal business operations for mom and pop bookstores. However, it could be that businesses like Amazon or Barnes & Noble will need to compile reports. But the cost of compiling reports is less than being harassed by state, local and federal government. Small Navarro pointed to efforts in North Carolina to demand customer data from Amazon. The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) sought to compel Amazon to reveal the identities of “hundreds of thousands” of users in North Carolina who’d purchased “30 million lawful expressive works” from Amazon over a six and a half year period.But the first trigger for this kind of legislation does come from small business. A case in Colorado which pitted the city of Thornton, CO against Tattered Cover where the police were seeking customer records. Not Far EnoughAs Small Navarro says, this is “exciting” legislation that takes a step towards improving privacy for users. This is good, but doesn’t really go far enough. First off, it only applies for the state of California. Being Missouri-based, I’d like a little of those protections myself. It’s also superseded by the Patriot Act, which means that California police may not be able to easily grab your Kindle history – but there’s not a corresponding protection against the feds, even for users in California.Finally, it only applies to books and ebooks. It does nothing for materials outside that realm, which still leaves users subject to all manner of requests about online history or cell phone tracking (for example). The EFF is petitioning Internet companies to “stand with their users and be transparent in their practices.” It’s a positive step, but only a short one. I hope we’ll see a day when users have guaranteed privacy protections and businesses have protections against costly discovery efforts that pit them against their users. Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… joe brockmeier 1 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now
Follow the Puck How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… The smart home, an Internet of Things movement to connect your household appliances, has an ironic problem: communication. Numerous approaches, platforms and standards have sprung up to thoroughly confuse consumers, making it difficult to know which devices can actually talk to each other. Google-owned smart thermostat company Nest and its band of partners—Samsung Electronics, Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, computer processor licensing company ARM and ceiling fan maker Big Ass Fans—think they have a way to make things easier. The companies have joined forces to announce the formation of Thread, a non-profit group established to promote a new wireless networking protocol for the smart home.The main difference between Thread and other types of smart homes is the technology at its foundation. Although it uses IPv6, an Internet protocol that identifies devices on a network, it doesn’t communicate over Wi-Fi or even Bluetooth. Thread uses 802.15.4, a short-range standard that draws very little power. And for gadgets that use it, such as ZigBee—a common smart home wireless specification— or 6LowPAN, support does not require any changes in hardware. Manufacturers that use ZigBee can make their devices Thread-compliant through a software update. That means even existing gadgets can support Thread. (Nest thermostats already come with a version of Thread support baked in.) Nest smart thermostatConsumers may be uniquely interested in Thread’s mesh networking capabilities. With a mesh network, a smart home wouldn’t require a hub as the intermediary between home devices. That means a glitch in the central hub or a glitchy Wi-Fi network won’t take down your entire smart home. Your devices would still be able to connect with each other, to kick on lights, turn on speakers or unlock your door when you arrive home. According to Nest’s Chris Boross, president of Thread, the group aims to solve the interoperability quandary. Plus, Thread uses very little energy and offers tight security, “connecting up to 250 devices” and sealing them using “banking-class encryption.” Security’s a key issue, considering consumer fears over security could hinder smart home adoption. The other is clarity: By seeing Thread compliance listed, consumers could have an easier way to identify devices that work together. The battle for wireless standards in the smart home of the future has become intense in 2014. The Open Internet Consortium vows to create the one true wireless standard, with Samsung, Dell and Intel at the fore. So does the AllSeen Alliance, with 51 members led by Qualcomm. The Industrial Internet Consortium features the likes of AT&T and General Electric. Large companies like Samsung belong to several of these industry groups, hedging bets to see which standard emerges on top.See also: ZigZag Wants To Build A Lingua Franca For The Internet Of ThingsIt’s a different approach than Apple’s attempt to unify devices. Whether it’s better, however, isn’t clear. Apple’s HomeKit protocol doesn’t inherently restrict itself to certain technologies. Meanwhile Thread works primarily with ZigBee devices, leaving out the other two major smart home specifications, Z-Wave and Insteon, as well as numerous other Wi-Fi-only appliances. That means thousands of products are left out of this loop. So much for communication. Feature image courtesy of Flickr user Jeff Wilcox. Inset images courtesy of Flickr user Bit Boy and Thread Group. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#connected home#Internet of Things#smart home adriana lee Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
Older Jefferson City public school students may get to sleep in a little more this fall.The board of education on Monday night gave early approval to a change in start times. The final vote could come in March.If approved, elementary schools would start at 7:50 a.m. The high schools would not start until 8:50, and the middle schoolers would get rolling at 9:00.
For most cancer patients, it’s not the original tumor that poses the greatest risk. It’s the metastases that invade the lung, liver, and other tissues. Now, researchers have come up with an approach that tricks these spinoff tumors into swallowing poison. So far the strategy has only been tested in mice, where it proved highly effective. But the results are promising enough that the researchers are planning to launch clinical trials in cancer patients within a year.The new work is “very innovative stuff,” says Steven Libutti, a geneticist and cancer surgeon at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, who was not involved in the study. The treatment, he explains, works in three steps to place a conventional chemotherapeutic agent near the nucleus (or nuclei) of a metastatic cancer cell where the drug molecules are most lethal. “It’s almost like a multistage rocket” that lifts astronauts off Earth, sends them to the moon, and returns them safely, he says.At the heart of the new therapy is a chemotherapeutic agent called doxorubicin (dox). The drug has been a mainstay of cancer treatment for years, as it jams up DNA in the cell nucleus and prevents tumor cells from dividing. But when it’s injected into the bloodstream, the drug can also kill heart muscle cells and cause heart failure, which often forces oncologists to either dial back the dose or discontinue it altogether. 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The particles’ micrometer-scale size and disklike shape allows them travel unimpeded through normal blood vessels. But when they hit blood vessels around tumors, which are typically malformed and leaky, the particles fall out of the circulation and pool near the tumor. That was step one in delivering chemotherapeutic drugs to their target. But just filling such particles with dox doesn’t do much good, Ferrari says. Even if a small amount of the drug finds its way inside tumor cells, those cells often have membrane proteins that act as tiny pumps to push the drug back outside the cell before it can do any damage. Nature Biotechnology Silicon particles act as nanoparticle generators (iNPG) that carry stringlike polymers loaded with a chemotherapy compound called doxorubicin (p-Dox). To get large amounts of dox inside the metastatic tumor cells and then past the protein pumps, Ferrari and colleagues linked numerous dox molecules to stringlike molecules called polymers. They then infused the dox-carrying polymers into their silicon microparticles and injected them into mice that had been implanted with human metastatic liver and lung tumors. As with the previous studies, the researchers found that the silicon particles congregated in and around tumor sites, and once there the particles slowly degraded over 2 to 4 weeks.As they did so, the silicon particles released the dox-carrying polymer strands. In the watery environment around tumor cells, the strands coiled up into tiny balls, each just 20–80 nanometers across. That size, Ferrari says, is ideal, because it’s the same size as tiny vesicles that are commonly exchanged between neighboring cells as part of their normal chemical communication. In this case, the dox-polymer balls were readily taken up by tumor cells. Once there, a large fraction was carried internally away from the dox-exporting pumps at cell membrane and toward the nucleus. Ferrari says at this point his team isn’t sure exactly why the dox-laden balls are ferried toward the nucleus, though this is exactly what they wanted.Not only is the region around the nucleus devoid of dox-removing pumps, but it typically has a more acidic environment than near the cell membrane. And Ferrari’s team used this to their advantage as well. They designed the chemical links between dox molecules and the polymer to dissolve under acidic conditions. This releases the dox at the site where its cell killing potency is highest.Up to 50% of cancer-bearing mice given the treatment showed no signs of metastatic tumors 8 months later, the researchers report today in Nature Biotechnology. In humans, Ferrari says, that’s equivalent to being cancer-free for 24 years. “If this research bears out in humans and we see even a fraction of this survival time, we are still talking about dramatically extending life for many years,” Ferrari says. “That’s essentially providing a cure in a patient population that is now being told there is none.”The new treatment isn’t the first nanomedicine to show promise. According to a recent nanotechnology working group study published in The Lancet, more than 50 nanomedicine compounds are now in clinical trials. However, the new work is promising, Libutti says, because the silicon microparticles tend to target tumors in the liver and lung, common destinations of metastatic tumor cells.The new work holds out hope for improving the effectiveness of other chemotherapy drugs as well, Libutti says. “There’s no reason to believe you couldn’t make a version of these particles with any chemotherapeutic agent.”
LATEST STORIES MOST READ RAIN OR SHINE 90 — Tiu 18, Daquioag 16, Belga 13, Yap 13, Ahanmisi 9, Almazan 6, Ponferrada 6, Borboran 4, Norwood 3, Cruz 2, Nambatac 2, King 0.MERALCO 84 — Canaleta 24, Hugnatan 13, Amer 8, Lanete 8, Dillinger 7, Newsome 5, Baracael 4, Caram 4, Faundo 4, Hodge 4, Tolomia 3, Ballesteros 0, Salva 0.Quarters: 26-21, 45-39, 65-66, 90-84.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: Ateneo comes out ‘stronger’ after offcourt issues Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Coach Caloy Garcia didn’t hesitate to address the elephant in the room, saying that he’s just glad that though some of the players found themselves in those rumors, the Elasto Painters were still able to come out with the win.“We all know the issue regarding those players, but I told them that we just have to be professional about it and put in the effort. We want to repay the owners and the way to do it is to get the win,” he said.Meralco has now lost five of its last six to fall to 2-5.Nino Canaleta paced the Bolts with 24 points, eight rebounds, and three assists, while Hugnatan got 13 markers, four boards, and three dimes in the defeat.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives 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 SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Ed Daquioag also unfurled 16 markers and three steals against the team which drafted him back in 2016, while Beau Belga registered a double-double of 13 points and 13 boards in the triumph.Mark Borboran broke the 79-all deadlock in the final three minutes before Tiu went to work and established the 86-79 lead with 52.8 seconds remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingReynel Hugnatan, who was just three points short from joining the PBA’s 25,000-points club, got the Bolts at their closest at four, 84-88, with 26.1 ticks left, but was denied by the cool free throw shooting from Tiu and Borboran down the stretch.It was a huge conquest for Rain or Shine, which found itself embroiled in trade talks over the past week. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChris Tiu secured Rain or Shine’s 90-84 escape from the tight grip of Meralco for its first back-to-back wins in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The charismatic point guard scored six of the Elasto Painters’ last nine points in the final 2:17 and finished with a team-best 18 points, seven assists, and three rebounds to propel his side to a share of the fourth spot with TNT at 4-3.ADVERTISEMENT View comments