Met Eireann has issued a five-day Status Yellow snow-ice warning ahead of an incoming cold snap this week.Temperatures are set to dip on Tuesday to bring wintry conditions day and night for the remainder of the week.Snow accumulations are expected in Donegal over the coming days, with widespread frost and ice forecast for nighttime. Temperatures could drop as low as -5C in areas, according to Met Eireann. The worst of the snow is due to hit the western and northern counties, with higher accumulations on the hills. Forecasters are warning that a ‘significant spell of sleet/snow’ is a possibility on Thursday.The Status Yellow alert takes effect across Ireland from 6am on Tuesday 29th January until 6pm on Saturday 2nd February.Temperatures will fall to -1C on Monday night and Tuesday will begin very cold. Sunny spells and wintry showers are expected in the northwest before a cold night on Tuesday with lows of -3C.Wednesday will be bitterly cold, sunny and with scattered sleet or snow showers. Severe frost and icy patches are forecast for Wednesday night. Further outbreaks of frost, ice, rain, sleet and snow are forecast for the remainder of the week. Met Eireann has also warned that a very cold and wintry weekend is in store.Featured image: Snow on Errigal, Donegal, February 2018. By Iain MillerSnow alert issued for the next five days in Donegal was last modified: January 28th, 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) Tags:frosticesnowweather
Share This!Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16. (You remembered to get Dad a gift, right?) All this week we’ll be featuring advice, observations, and words of wisdom from some of our favorite Disney Dads. Up today is Pongo, the patriarch of the 101 Dalmatians clan.“As far as I could see, the old notion that a bachelor’s life was so glamorous and carefree was all nonsense. It was downright dull.” – PongoWho are your favorite Disney dads? Have you learned any fatherly wisdom from a Disney dad? Let us know in the comments.
Ringleader of store theft crew sentenced to 16 years in prisonThe ringleader of a criminal crew that stole more than $35,000 of goods from Denver-area home improvement stores was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison. Christopher Rodriguez, 31, pleaded guilty in May to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, according to the Denver district attorney’s office. He also was ordered to pay $39,392 restitution.A Denver grand jury in October indicted Rodriguez and 24 co-defendants on various additional charges, including money laundering, theft and violations of bail conditions. From December 2015 through December 2016, Rodriguez and others at his direction stole goods from various Home Depot and Lowe’s stores, according to the indictment. Stolen items were returned to the store in exchange for merchandise credit cards, which were then sold for cash and drugs.Rodriguez provided room and board in Denver for some crew members, the release said. He also bailed some members out of jail, putting them back to “work” until they could repay the bail fee. Fraudulently obtained merchandise cards were typically sold for about 70 percent of the card’s value. At the time of the thefts, Rodriguez had been released on bail in a pending criminal case and was under supervision, which included electronic monitoring. The monitoring device placed him at the scene of one or more store thefts for which he was charged, prosecutors said. [Source: The Denver Post]- Sponsor – Police seek shoplifting suspects who cut LP associatePolice in Douglasville, Georgia, are asking the public to be on the lookout for two shoplifting suspects who cut a Walmart employee who tried to stop one of them from getting away. The suspects, including a man and woman, reportedly tried to shoplift about $2,000 worth of items from the Walmart store on Concourse Parkway. “A Walmart LP associate attempted to stop the male and in the process (the suspect) used an X-Acto knife to cut the associate’s hand,” the department stated on its Facebook page. The suspects left the scene in a late model, white Kia Sorrento with drive-out tags. Those with information were urged to call Detective Jetmore at 678.293.1725 or email. [Source: West Georgia Neighbor]Seven people arrested in shoplifting stingIn Kentucky, a shoplifting sting from Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the St. Matthews Police Department led to several arrests. On Thursday and Friday, teams of officers focused on local malls and areas with a high concentration of retail stores. LMPD had more than 25 officers stationed at Oxmoor Center along with other stores like Kroger and Kohl’s. A total of 24 retailers participated in the operation.Terry Young with Kroger loss prevention said several people were caught stealing from the Kroger stores snatching all sorts of items like pizza, cake and party supplies. LMPD held another sting in December, and Maj. Jamey Schwab said both were timed when retail theft also sees an increase. “Obviously, we do see a spike in the number of juveniles, especially in the malls when school gets out,” Schwab said. Officers arrested seven people and wrote nine citations. Four people were taken in on unrelated warrants. The sting recovered more than $2,400 in merchandise over two days.Plain-clothed officers were stationed inside and outside the store communicating through an app on their phones. “As soon as they identify someone that they suspect of shoplifting, and this will be from actually observing the person concealing merchandise or trying to leave with merchandise from the store without paying, they then get on the app,” Schwab said. St. Matthews Police also had officers at Mall St. Mathews and stores along Shelbyville Road. [Source: WDRB News]Wig-wearing women steal $35K in DVDsTwo San Antonio women are behind bars Thursday, accused of stealing more than $35,000 worth of DVD’s from Barnes & Noble. Investigators believe Kristina Rost, 32, and Theresa Tagtmeir, 25, have stolen at least 917 DVD’s totaling $35,118.83 over the past several months. In order to pull off the thefts, officials said that the pair would change into different wigs and outfits. They are accused of committing at least 15 to 20 thefts between three different San Antonio Barnes & Noble locations.Loss prevention professionals were alerted to the thefts and were able to arrest Tagtmeir Wednesday at the Bandera location after witnessing her stuff a stack of DVD’s into her a bag she was carrying. Officials said at the time of the arrest, she was wearing a wig. Once in custody, Tagtmeir identified Rost as her accomplice in the crimes. She told investigators the pair was from Florida and had been selling the stolen DVD’s to CD Exchanges around the city. Both women have been charged with felony theft. [Source: KENS5 News]Amazon fraudsters sentenced to almost six years in jailThree people who stole $1.2 million in consumer electronics from Amazon via an elaborate returns scheme have received hefty prison sentences. Husband and wife, Erin Finan and Leah Finan, pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and money laundering charges, and were sentenced to 71 months and 68 months in prison respectively. Danijel Glumac pleaded guilty to money laundering and to fencing the items the Finans stole and got 24 months in jail.Between 2014 and 2016, the Finans and Glumac stole and sold over 2,700 consumer electronics items such as GoPro digital cameras, Microsoft Xboxes, Samsung smartwatches, Microsoft Surface tablets and Apple Macbooks. They exploited Amazon’s customer service policy by repeatedly falsely claiming that the electronics they ordered were damaged or not working, and then requesting and receiving replacements from the e-commerce giant at no charge. They created hundreds of false identities, retrieving their stolen goods from retail shipping stores all over Indiana, and selling them to Glumac, on a near-daily basis. In just over two years, they made roughly $750,000 from their scheme.On top of that, they bounced checks, rented cars but didn’t paid for them and rented houses but, ah, you can guess the rest. They also committed another online fraud involving stealing high-end rental softball equipment and selling it on Facebook groups. “Consumer fraud not only unjustly enriches the perpetrator, it causes all of us to pay higher retail prices,” said United States Attorney Josh Minkler. “To those who seek to exploit the convenience of online shopping through fraud, remember this case. You will be caught. You will be prosecuted. And you will go to federal prison for a long time.” [Source: Retail Tech Innovation Hub]Pulse nightclub security guard, once hailed a hero, is being sued by victimsAs the first officer to exchange gunfire with the mass shooter who terrorized Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on the morning of June 12, 2016, Adam Gruler was quickly hailed a hero. For his actions, the Orlando Police Department honored him with a “Pulse Valor Award,” and Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) invited him to be her guest at Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. But nearly two years later, some of the victims and the families of those who died are telling a different story.In a federal lawsuit filed in Orlando on Thursday, the victims and families claim that Gruler, who was working an extra job as Pulse’s security guard that night, remained outside “to ensure his own safety” while the gunman shot and killed 49 people and injured 68 others inside Pulse. Gruler is one of 31 Orlando police officers being sued but the only one of them identified by name. The plaintiffs contend that Gruler and the other Orlando police officers acted too slowly and failed to protect the nightclub’s patrons as the gunman, Omar Mateen, opened fire on the club and then held hostages for more than three hours inside a bathroom before he was shot and killed by police. At a news conference Thursday, family members of those who died, as well as those who were at the club that night, said they thought police could have saved more lives had they acted quicker.In a joint statement released to various news outlets, the Orlando Police Department and City of Orlando, also a defendant, said they had not been served with the lawsuit and could not comment on the substance of the litigation. “Nearly two years after the horrific act of hate inside the Pulse nightclub, our community continues to mourn the 49 lives taken and provide support for all those impacted,” the statement said. “On the morning of June 12, 2016, federal, state and local law enforcement officers and first responders put themselves in harm’s way to save as many lives as possible.” The lawsuit accuses Gruler of being the first to fail the victims. The plaintiffs claim Gruler “abandoned his post” inside the club, making it easier for the shooter to enter without being stopped at the door. But in his account given to the Orlando Sentinel in the days after the shooting, Gruler said he left the club because he was searching for a teenager who had gotten in with a fake ID. Gruler couldn’t find him inside, he said, so he headed out to the parking lot to take a look — and that’s when he heard the shots ring out.Dash cam footage captured Gruler firing at Mateen from the parking lot at 2:02 a.m., but, realizing he was outgunned, Gruler said he called for backup and remained outside. “Not only did the officer allow this to take place by apparently abandoning his post,” attorney Solomon Radner said at the Thursday news conference, “but also instead of immediately going in and neutralizing the shooter, he appeared to be primarily concerned about his own safety. He stayed outside where it was safe and allowed dozens of people to be massacred, knowing that was taking place, knowing that he was the only armed person there who could stop this. That was his job. 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This year, wearable devices have branched out, extending all over our bodies. Tech companies have put “smarts” everywhere from our heads to our fingers, offering a slew of new uses that hardly seemed imaginable just a few years ago.Tracking your steps or sleep, answering emails, making calls or immersing ourselves in a digital environment can be done (in most cases) without even reaching for your smartphone. That makes for an exciting holiday shopping season, as numerous gadgets enter the market to transform how we play, work or even work out.See also:Smartphones: ReadWrite’s 2014 Holiday Gift GuideSmart Home Gadgets: ReadWrite’s 2014 Holiday Gift GuideGear For The Maker: ReadWrite’s 2014 Holiday Gift GuideTV Streaming Gadgets: ReadWrite’s 2014 Holiday Gift GuideHere’s a cross-section of wearable gift ideas that appeal to a variety of people—from athlete to geek, whether stylish woman on the go or the spy fan who always dreamed of making calls from the wrist. Fitness Tracking WearableOur pick: Runtastic Orbit, $120 ($99 on sale)Our editor-in-chief, Owen Thomas, is a hard man to impress with wearables. He’s worn loads of fitness trackers this year, and most just don’t cut it. But when I asked him which one he’d recommend, he didn’t hesitate to single out the Runtastic Orbit.This device offers tight integration with Runtastic’s popular mobile apps. With the app’s heart-rate support and chest strap (sold separately), “[It’s] good for jocks and walkers both” he told me. Plus, it offers a flexible form factor, allowing users to clip it on or set it in a wristband. The only downside: poor availability in stores. However, if you have the lead time, you can order it online or from Amazon, where it costs slightly less. Runners-up:Fitbit Charge, $130Jawbone Up, $130 ($100 on sale)Standalone Smartwatch For Dick Tracy WannabesOur pick: Samsung Gear S, price varies (from $200 on contract, up to $400 off contract)It’s huge and curved. It makes calls. It tracks fitness and runs Samsung’s Tizen software (though it works with some Android apps). And depending on whom you talk to, it’s either a fat, ugly gizmo or a stunning cuff-like watch. In my experience, popular opinion skews to the latter. I’ve been wearing one for weeks now, and most people who have asked me about it—which is pretty much everyone—thinks it’s gorgeous. Go figure. The Gear S won’t be up everyone’s alley, but for a standalone smartwatch with its own cellular connection, it’s one of the best. It offers better-than-average battery life of about 2 days, a dock that doubles as a spare battery, a generous Super AMOLED display, voice commands, touch gestures and a removable rubber wristband.Just bear in mind that there aren’t a lot of apps for it yet. It’s also not completely independent. Gear S requires a Samsung Galaxy device to set it up and load apps. After that, it can work on its own or with the phone, so you only get one set of notifications. Runners-up:None. (Others exist, but none we’d recommend.)Tethered Smartwatch Our pick: Pebble, $99 to $199 (Pebble Steel) [update: On sale, for $79 to $149]For smartwatches that pair to smartphones, there are two primary issues: limited app selection and lack of platform agnosticism, i.e. support for various mobile operating systems. Pebble doesn’t have these problems. Thanks to $10 million worth of Kickstarting in 2012, the crowd-funded startup had the lead time to get its first batch of devices out (better late than never), create tools for developers and launch its own app store, with thousands of watch apps and watch faces. Pebble is compatible with both Android devices and iPhones, and lasts 5 to 7 days on a single charge. But that e-paper display, which makes all that battery life possible, is black and white only. And the wearer has to get used to a lot of button mashing, since the Pebble doesn’t have a touchscreen.Still, the original plastic watch and the premium steel version got both a price cut and new fitness features recently, making Pebble one of the least expensive, but most robust, smartwatches on the market.Runners-up:Asus ZenWatch, $199Moto 360, $249.99Apple Watch, starts at $349. (It’s not actually out until “early 2015,” so if you really want to give one as a holiday gift, you may have to spring for an Apple gift card for the purchase amount instead.)Gadget Disguised As JewelryOur pick: Misfit Shine, $100To be honest, I didn’t think much about the Misfit Shine before I started wearing one. Now that I do, much to my surprise, I’ve grown really attached to it. It’s no hardcore fitness tracker, and it’s not intended to be. But for a woman interested in a general idea of her activity or sleep levels, it works pretty well and looks beautiful. What distinguishes Shine are its aesthetics and flexibility: It can be set in a magnetic clip-on holder or rubber wristband (included), or attached to one of several add-on accessories, like a leather wristband or “bloom” pendant necklace. Misfit offers a new, less expensive plastic version called Flash, but it’s hard to see how that can compare with the Shine’s gorgeous aircraft-grade aluminum disk.The lights that act as activity meter (and clock) don’t flash like a geeky space-age gadget at all times. The wearer taps it, and the dots light up. Otherwise, it just masquerades as a pretty piece of jewelry. Shine works with Android gadgets and iPhones, runs on a coin battery and comes in a variety of colors. Runners-up:Ringly, from $195 to $260Fitbit Flex (with designer Tory Burch jewelry/holders), $100 for the device, $175 (bracelet holder), $195 (pendant necklace) Mica by Intel and Opening Ceremony, $495 (launching in early December)Futuristic FacegearOur pick: Samsung Gear VR, $199 (available in early December)Google Glass may be a tough sell these days, as much for its wallet-gouging $1,500 price as the privacy concerns it kicks up. But there are other ways to glimpse the future.Samsung’s Gear VR may be one of the most intriguing of the lot so far. The reason: The Oculus Rift-powered headset can create an immersive virtual reality using a Galaxy Note 4 seated inside. No cables necessary. Switch modes, and it offers augmented reality as well.In essence, it uses the phone’s camera to pipe a live feed to your eyes, while layering extra information or visuals on top, as though the Maserati you’re window-shopping is really there in front of you. The graphics aren’t photorealistic, more like 3D-illustrated or CAD-drawn, but it’s a step in the right direction. Unfortunately it won’t work with just any smartphone, or even any Samsung device. It specifically requires a Galaxy Note 4. But if your gift recipient has an early adopter mindset and a Note 4, owning this could be an exciting ride, as development for Gear VR has been ramping up. Meanwhile, movie studios have started jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon. The implications for shopping, gaming and even just watching a streaming movie on the biggest virtual display you could imagine (or at least what looks to your eyes that way), could be huge. Even if the price isn’t.Runners-up: Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2, $350Epson Moverio BT-200, $700Runtastic Orbit and Misfit Shine courtesy of respective companies; all other photos by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite adriana lee What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Gear S#Gear VR#Gift Guide 2014#Misfit Shine#Note 4#Pebble#Runtastic Orbit#Samsung#Samsung Gear S#wearable Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Figure 2 – Source: Intel internal measurements with preliminary Nehalem-EX results.My friends, this 55x result is off the chart from our promises of years ago! Does performance matter? We think so. In so many ways, the quicker a job gets done or the more responsive a server is, the quicker a solution is found or more satisfied the end customer becomes – improving ROI or allowing for more options to be explored in the same amount of time. That’s how we hope to fulfill our promise.There a lot of benchmarks and metrics, some probably useful, some not – but what’s important to you? What do you look for when deciding whether to buy a “big iron” computer or a couple of smaller standard ones? Let us know! Figure 1- Source: http://download.intel.com/pressroom/kits/events/idffall_2007/BriefingSmith45nm.pdf In the multi-processor space, we’re seeing the same trend. Our upcoming launch of the next generation Intel® Xeon® processor (codenamed “Nehalem-EX”) is a WOW – even bigger than the 5500 series launch (formerly “Nehalem-EP”). We’ve already disclosed some details – like delivering greater than nine times the memory bandwidth available to the applications over the 7400 series (formerly “Dunnington”), and we also talked publicly about being able to drive three times the number of transactions in database workloads. The recent SuperComputer trade show (SC’09) had more discussion supporting that indeed this is a processor to keep an eye on for even HPC workloads – compute demand continues to be insatiable for researchers. Intel woke up many years ago and realized that if we didn’t keep sharpening our skills and a laser focus on delivering better experiences for our customers that they would go away. And they started to. So, a promise was made (and kept to-date) that we would deliver performance that mattered to our customers. This turned into the “tick-tock” model where we shrink our manufacturing process every other year and on the alternate years we introduce a new microarchitecture. You probably already have been reading about the multiprocessor segment (MP or EX-expandable servers as we call them internally); and you likely have heard rumblings about “Nehalem-EX”, but I wanted to let you know what I’ve seen on the performance side to-date.I dug up this old chart from 2007 (originally in a press briefing from 2004) talking about how we forecasted performance gains expected over the next 5 years or so (and no, we didn’t sandbag J). By Frank Jensen, Performance Marketing EngineerData Center Group Marketing, Intel
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (left) with BJP President Amit Shah. Photo: File/PTIUnder attack from the opposition in Rajya Sabha, Government on Monday indicated that it was open to look into concerns of farmers over the land acquisition ordinance, amidst expectations that provisions in the bill to replace it could be amended to accommodate critics.This emerged after an informal meeting of BJP Parliamentary Board chaired by party chief Amit Shah and attended by senior ministers including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who had earlier held discussions with a number of farmer representatives.”There are several issues in the minds of farmers. We have an inclination to ponder and go into these concerns,” Union Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters after the over two-hour meeting at Rajnath Singh’s residence.The Home Minister has held meetings with representatives of 27 farmer organisations, including today, and the discussions will continue tomorrow when the bill replacing the ordinance will be introduced in Lok Sabha.The government’s indications of a rethinking on the controversial land bill appears to have come in the face of stiff opposition from political parties and its lack of numbers in the Rajya Sabha.”In today’s informal meeting of the Parliamentary Board, important issues before Parliament, including the Land bill were discussed. There have been various concerns raised by farmer representatives during their meetings with the Home Minister and we have taken note of them.”On the concerns raised by farmer organisations and representatives, we feel there is a need to take note of them and we are ready to consider them,” Kumar said.advertisementAnanth Kumar said the party chief and the Home Minister will apprise the Prime Minister on the discussions held in today’s meeting over the land ordinance issue.He said the Prime Minister has himself said in the all-party meeting that BJP was ready for a thorough debate in Parliament on the land ordinance and accept suggestions.Sources said that the top BJP leadership decided to hold a meeting of the Land Reforms Council that will soon be convened to take up concerns of landless labourers and farmers.Earlier during the day Rajnath Singh had met representatives of Ekta Parishad which had decided to support social activist Anna Hazare’s agitation against the land ordinance and had given this assurance to them.Singh gave the activists of Ekta Parishad a patient hearing and told them that the government was ready to look into their genuine demands.Among those who attended today’s meeting include Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Thawar Chand Gehlot, J P Nadda and Ram Lal.