Thunder star Durant not rushing to decide on future

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY (AP): Kevin Durant has a lot to consider in the next month. The face of the Thunder franchise since their move from Seattle in 2008 is heading into free agency and what he chooses to do after July 1 could shake up the NBA landscape. Durant was the 2014 MVP and is a four-time scoring champion. He led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012 and to the Western Conference Finals in four of the past six years. He recovered from a broken bone in his right foot that cost him much of last season to post one of the best years of his career. At just 27, he is in his prime and capable of being the centrepiece of a championship squad here — or elsewhere. Durant would stand to make significantly more money if he signs for a year with Oklahoma City, then signs a longer deal with the Thunder the following year. Two days after the Thunder lost to the Golden State Warriors in Game Seven of the conference finals, Durant ruled nothing out. “I really haven’t wrapped my mind around it since it’s so fresh coming out the playoffs,” he said on Wednesday. “I really haven’t thought about next week, moreso than next month or what’s going to happen.” With the salary cap going up, many teams will have the money to make a run at him. Washington, Durant’s hometown team, recently hired former Thunder coach Scott Brooks, whom Durant has great respect for. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Boston’s Isaiah Thomas have taken to Twitter in hopes of luring Durant east. Durant said there will be very little outside influence on his decision. “I’ve got to just hear from me and hear what I want and talk to myself on what I need and how I can make this thing work for myself and just try to be a little selfish,” he said. “Obviously, I’m going to have some advice, but also, I want to make the decision that’s best for me.” He said he loves his teammates and at times he spoke as though he planned to be back. “Are we going to work on our game and come back even better, or are we going to be excited about what we did?” Durant said. “Be complacent, or are we going to want more? I think that’s the next step for us all — thinking of how we can all be better.” Durant said he doesn’t plan on bouncing from city to city as teams try to woo him, stating, “that’s not who I am”. “It may seem like I’m not talking and I’m not giving information, but I’m just really trying to make sure I tie everything up properly and make this thing right,” he said. Durant has elevated Oklahoma’s profile so much that he was inducted into the state’s Hall of Fame late last year. And Durant has made a point to have a local presence. He donated $1 million in disaster relief to the Red Cross in 2013 after a tornado ravaged south Oklahoma City and Moore. He also owns a popular restaurant in downtown Oklahoma City. “He’s obviously had a great impact on this community and this organisation,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Obviously, the organisation and the community love him a great deal as well. This is about Kevin. If he needed anything from me, I would be there to talk to him about anything. But this is about what Kevin wants to do and it’s his decision.” Durant bounced back from his injury to average 28.2 points per game – more than when he was scoring champion in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He grabbed a career-high 8.2 rebounds per game and added 5.0 assists per contest, the second-best total of his nine-year career. He improved as a defensive player, at times dominating in the play-offs. Along the way, he avoided allowing the hoopla around him to be a distraction. “I could not be more impressed with the way he handled this year,” Donovan said. “Everywhere we went, people wanted to talk about it and he never allowed it to get into the team and I really, really respected that and admired that. He put the team first.” Durant’s choice could have a domino effect, with Russell Westbrook entering the final year of his deal. The current core has a promising future. The Thunder took a 3-1 lead on the Warriors before losing the next three games. Together, they could make a move in the West, provided that the youngest emerging stars — Steven Adams and Enes Kanter — continue to improve at their rapid pace. Kanter, a seven-foot post who is just 24, was third in the sixth man of the year balloting. Adams, a seven-foot post who is just 22, emerged as a bruising, yet agile double-double threat during the play-offs. Shooting guard Andre Roberson, known as a defender, showed promise as a scorer late in the play-offs. Those talented young players could make it tempting to stick around.last_img read more

Recovering bodies of Alaska climbers could be months away

first_imgIn this March 9, 2018, photo provided by Arc’Teryx Equipement shows Arc’teryx athlete Marc-Andre Leclerc of British Columbia is pictured in a climb.Two experienced mountain climbers trying to tackle a new route in Alaska were presumed dead after climbing ropes that matched their gear were found in a crevasse, authorities said Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Marc-Andre Leclerc, 25, of Squamish, British Columbia, and George “Ryan” Johnson, 34, of Juneau, not pictures, were reported missing missing from the Juneau Ice Field, after they failed to return from a climb March 7 on the Mendenhall Towers, a seven-peaked mountain not far from Alaska’s capital city. (Arc’Teryx Equipement via AP)JUNEAU, Alaska — The bodies of two experienced mountain climbers who are presumed dead likely won’t be recovered for months, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers said.Megan Peters said summer is the soonest that authorities could launch a recovery effort in southeast Alaska, though even that depends on snow and ice conditions and the risk to crew members.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “In my experience of being here for 11 years, I have never seen us not at least try and go back in summertime and see what we could do,” she said. While there’s no date for any attempt, “we don’t forget things like this,” Peters said.Jackie Ebert, who is with Juneau Mountain Rescue, said by email that the men had completed an ascent of the north face of the main tower. “To the best of our knowledge, we don’t know that it was ever successfully climbed before,” Ebert wrote.Johnson had climbed Mendenhall Towers multiple times and received an American Alpine Club grant earlier this year to scale 13,832-foot (4,216-meter) Mount Hayes in the Alaska Range, according to the Juneau Empire newspaper. He also completed climbs in other parts of the world, including Canada and Nepal, according to his bio on the website for Tongass Fitness, a gym he co-founded.Outside magazine called Leclerc “one of the best alpinists in the world,” and his biography on the website of a sponsor, Canadian outdoor equipment company Arc’Teryx, says he completed ascents in Canada and Patagonia.Ebert said winter climbs, particularly on the Juneau Icefield, from which the Mendenhall Towers jut, have their own set of dangers.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Kings topple ailing Warriors Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “While it may be raining in town, the icefield could be receiving feet of snow,” Ebert wrote. Snow instability and avalanche danger are primary concerns, Ebert said.Shorter days and foul weather complicate winter rescues in Alaska, Ebert said, adding that storm systems in fall and winter come in stronger and daylight during the winter is limited.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We like to be able to provide closure to families also,” Peters said. “There are times where unfortunately we’re just not able to do so.”The agency said earlier this week that George “Ryan” Johnson of Juneau and Marc-Andre Leclerc of British Columbia are presumed dead. The men were reported overdue on March 7 from a climbing trip to Mendenhall Towers, a seven-peaked mountain not far from Alaska’s capital city.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPoor weather hampered search efforts early on, but a chartered helicopter carrying members of the Juneau Mountain Rescue organization was able to reach the north face of the Mendenhall Towers on Tuesday, according to the troopers. An intact anchor rope was seen at the top of an ice chute and two climbing ropes matching the description of gear carried by the men were seen in a crevasse, the troopers said.Peters said she wouldn’t be surprised if someone defied warnings about safety concerns and attempted a recovery effort on their own because it’s happened in the past. But she said that is dangerous. 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NENAS benefits from 2010 Legacies Now funding

first_imgA local aboriginal society has received one thousand dollars to offer a new holistic program for Fort St. John youth. The North East Native Advancing Society will be receiving the funding to offer two, six-week yoga sessions through its Rising Spirit Aboriginal Youth Centre. The funding comes after the 2010 Legacies Now organization announced it would be distributing 39 thousand dollars to 39 Aboriginal organizations throughout British Columbia.- Advertisement -Chief executive officer for 2010 Legacies Now, Bruce Dewar says he hopes this funding will benefit today’s youth and create community legacies for the youth of tomorrow. 2010 Legacies Now was set up to create sustainable legacies that will benefit BC as a result of hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games.Dawson Creek will also be benefiting from a one thousand dollar donation. The Nawican Friendship Centre will put their money towards supporting local dancers to attend Pow-Wows.Advertisementlast_img

BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL CLASH WITH TYRONE POSTPONED

first_imgDONEGAL’S CLASH with Tyrone tomorrow is OFF!All this weekend’s opening round of games in the Barrett Sports Lighting Dr McKenna Cup have been postponed because of the bad weather.Three games were scheduled for today with Fermanagh hosting Jordanstown, Cavan facing Queen’s and Down up against St Mary’s College. Sunday’s postponed encounters are the Tyrone v Donegal contest, Derry’s clash with Monaghan and Armagh v Antrim.The games have all been rescheduled for the weekend of 22/23 January.The competition will now start with next weekend’s round of fixtures with Donegal facing UUJ, Cavan hosting Derry, Down tackling Armagh, Antrim taking on St Mary’s, Fermanagh up against Tyrone and Monaghan meeting Queen’s.The semi-finals, originally scheduled for the weekend of 22/23 January, now look likely to be re-arranged for Wednesday 26 January, as the final is down for 29 January. BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL CLASH WITH TYRONE POSTPONED was last modified: January 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgGAA Bingo Every Thursday In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9pm Everyone Welcome.Match & Win There was No Jackpot winner last week the numbers drawn were 3,13,15,18 the jackpot this week will rise to €1,980, the €15 consolation prizes went to Roger Gill Rooskey, David Hession Roxtown, Daniel P.Toland Rasheney, Shane Doherty Tiernasligo, Joe McDaid Ballintrieve Drumfries.Club Meeting will take place next on Tuesday 6th September at 9pm in Straid all members try and attend. Donegal v Dublin tickets will be distributed this week on Wednesday 24th August in Straid at 7pm.Donegal v Dublin Bus to Croke Park will be leaving Straid at 8am SHARP on Sunday morning 28th August so don’t be late!Results Seniors and Reserves travelled to Ballintra this weekend to play Naomh Brid, Seniors 3-12 Naomh Brid 1-12 the Reserves also won. Minors 0-12 Malin 2-5.Fixtures:Minors Championship Div 1 2nd leg Urris v Malin in Straid on Friday 26th August at 7pm.U13’s home to Buncrana at 7pm on Tuesday 23rd August. GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 21st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S, LETTERKENNY

first_imgSunday 1st April 2012Palm SundayWe will celebrate God’s love for us in the SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION) as follows this week.Monday and Tuesday from 10.30 am to 12 noon and 8 pm.Wednesday from 10.30 am to 6 pm and onWednesday Evening after the 7.30 pm Mass we will have ourPENITENTIAL SERVICE followed by our last Confession for Holy Week.Pope John Paul II introduced five new mysteries to the Rosary. These are the Luminous Mysteries (or sometimes called the Mysteries of Light). They are:Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan.Christ’s Self Revelation at the Marriage Feast of Cana.Christ’s Proclamation of the Kingdom of God with his call to conversion.Christ’s Transfiguration.Christ’s Institution of the Eucharist. The Glorious Mysteries, the Joyful Mysteries and the Sorrowful Mysteries are represented on medallions around the Cathedral Sanctuary Area. It is our intention to complete the set and install the Mysteries of Light. These five new Mysteries (paintings) have been commissioned and they will be introduced to the Cathedral probably in July.The total cost of the paintings and to have them mounted and installed in the Crib Room and framed with the gold leafed Rosary beads will cost €600 each. They will go on the wall opposite the stained glass window and over the container holding the Holy Oils.If any individual, group or business would like to sponsor the cost of one of these new medallions please contact Fr. Kelly. Alternatively some individuals or group or business might like to part sponsor this project it would be greatly appreciated. All donations towards this project are welcome.Please RETURN your TROCAIRE BOXES on Good Friday to the Cathedral. Parish Notice-boardPhone: 074 – 9121021Fax: 074 – 9124200Email: steunanscathedral@eircom.netSUNDAY ~ 1st April 2012Masses: 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11.15 am, 12.30 pm and 5 pm (Polish Mass)Baptisms: 1.30 pm in the CathedralSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is open at 2 pm(The Adoration Chapel will be open every Sunday at 2pm during Lent)Al-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmMONDAY8 am Mass ~ Thomas McLaughlin10 am Mass ~ Peggy, Duncan and Sarah Marie Barclay7.30 pm Mass ~ Michael & Eileen McGroartyConfessions: 10.30 am to 12 noon and 8 pmSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openGrow Meeting in Loreto Convent ~ 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmTUESDAY8am Mass ~ See Mass Intentions below10 am Mass ~ William Ponsonby7.30 pm Mass ~ Cormac & Denis McGlincheyConfessions: 10.30 am to 12 noon and 8 pmSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openBaptism Preparation will take place in the Parochial House at8 pm tonightLegion of Mary Meeting: Conference Room ~ After 10 am MassLegion of Mary Meeting: Room 112, Loreto Secondary School –7 pmDivine Mercy Prayer in the Cathedral – 8 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmWEDNESDAY8 am Mass ~10 am Mass ~7.30 pm Mass ~ James and Molly McDermottConfessions: 10.30 am to 6 pm8 pm – Penitential Service – 8 pm followed by our last Confession of the weekSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openNarcotics Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmCathedral Choir in the Conference Room – 8.15 pm THURSDAY11 am – Chrism MassTime of Reflection through Music – 2 pm5 pm – Children’s Mass of the Last Supper8 pm – Evening Mass of the Last SupperSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openCharismatic Prayer Group in the Conference Room – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmCathedral Choir Practice in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmFRIDAY12 noon – Stations of the Cross3 pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion7 pm – Celebration of the Lord’s PassionSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 10.30 amAA Meeting for Women in the Cathedral Conference Room – 1 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGambler’s Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 amSATURDAY12 noon – Polish Blessing of Food9 pm – Easter Vigil ServiceAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 amSUNDAY 8th AprilMass Times: 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon and 6.30 pm St. Vincent de Paul ~ Conwal & Leck Parish ~ 9129503St. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Aughaninshin ~ 9122366MASS INTENTIONS FOR 8 am TUESDAY and 7.30 pm FRIDAYGerry McKeever ~ Mary McKeever ~ Cissie DohertyTommy McTaggart ~ Anne McFeelyAs it is the first Sunday of the month ST. PIUS X ADORATION CHAPEL will be open from 2 pm for residents of the following areas: Glencar Road, Glencar Irish, Glencar Scotch, Fernhill, College Park, Glenoughty, The Elms, Willowbrook, Solmons’s Court/Hill/Manor/Grove, Chestnut Grove, The Croft and Windmill View.ALTAR SOCIETY ROTA FOR APRIL6th April ~ M. Bonner, K. Gallagher, H. Ferry, C. Patton13th April ~ M. Gorman, M. McBride, B. McTeague, E. McGroarty20th April ~ M. Brogan, M. Doherty, S. Duffy, R. McMonagle27th April ~ T. Jennings, S. McBride, C. O’Donnell, M. ShanahanALTAR SOCIETY MEMBERS ~ Sanctuary cleaning in preparation for Easter will take place on Monday 2nd April at 2 pm. All members are invited.Donegal ABC (Aid for Belarusian Children) are holding a meeting in the Silver Tassie on Tuesday 3rd April at 8 pm.Anyone interested in hosting Chernobyl children are invited to attend or contact Mary on 086-8415612 or Catherine 086-8092984.FIRST FRIDAY CALLS – Fr. McGroarty will visit the sick, elderly and housebound of his areas on Thursday (12th April) and Friday (13th April).A six day SILENT RETREAT will by given by Fr. Anthony Sajo at Knock Shrine from the 8th – 14th April. Please contact Maria on 9137346 for details.HOLY WEEKSUNDAY 1st April – PALM SUNDAYMasses: 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11.15 am,12.30 pm and 5 pm (Polish)Reflection through Music and Prayer for Holy Week – 7.30 pm(With Patrick Doherty and Friends)MONDAY 2nd AprilMasses: 8 am, 10 am and 7.30 pmConfessions: 10.30 am to 12 noon and 8 pmTUESDAY 3rd AprilMasses: 8 am, 10 am and 7.30 pmConfessions: 10.30 am to 12 noon and 8 pmWEDNESDAY 4th AprilMasses: 8 am, 10 am and 7.30 pmConfessions: 10.30 am to 6 pmPenitential Service – 8 pm followed by our last Confession for the weekNO CONFESSIONS on Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday.THURSDAY 5th April – HOLY THURSDAYChrism Mass – 11 amTime of Reflection through Music ‘Stabat Mater’ – 2 pm(With the Donegal Chamber Orchestra and Soloists)Children’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 5 pmEvening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 8 pmFRIDAY 6th April – GOOD FRIDAYStations of the Cross – 12 noonCelebration of the Lord’s Passion – 3 pmCelebration of the Lord’s Passion – 7 pmSATURDAY 7th April – Easter SaturdayPolish Blessing of Food – 12 noonEaster Vigil Service – 9 pm(Candles for the Vigil will be provided at the Cathedral)SUNDAY 8th April – Easter SundayNEW SUNDAY MASS TIMES:8 am, 10 am, 12 noon and 6.30 pmLOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S, LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:letterkennyLOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’Slast_img read more

Rocket plane in lofty company at museum

first_img SpaceShipOne was donated to the Smithsonian by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who invested more than $20 million in the project. Allen hopes it inspires others to explore the final frontier of travel. “It was a lifelong dream to find a way to participate in this next generation of space exploration,” Allen said. “Ultimately, SpaceShipOne’s presence in the Smithsonian shows once again that America’s milestone flights are not all behind it.” SpaceShipOne is the fourth aircraft designed by Rutan to be admitted to the Smithsonian’s collection. Also there is Voyager, which in 1986 circled the globe on one tank of fuel, plus the Quickie kit-built plane, the revolutionary VariEze kit plane, and an unassembled VariEze kit. The Associated Press contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m extremely pleased that the museum, this early, has understood the significance of what we completed last year,” Rutan said. He envisions that within 10 years, people will be able to buy tickets and experience firsthand the thrill of weightlessness and stunning views. Rutan is designing passenger-carrying spacecraft for Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson. Zachary Wade, 8, of Great Falls, Va., could one day become one of those travelers. He and his father made the short trip into Washington on Wednesday just to get a glimpse of SpaceShipOne. “I think it’s interesting that such a small crew could get something like that up into space so quickly,” Zachary said, his head tilted up toward the rafters where the craft resides. About 20 people were involved in the effort, Rutan said. WASHINGTON – Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne rocket plane joined the Wright brothers’ first airplane and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. The first privately built craft to carry a man into space was officially welcomed to the “Milestones of Flight” gallery Wednesday as a crowd of several hundred people gathered to snap pictures. The manned vehicle takes its place in the glass-enclosed atrium between Lindbergh’s plane that in 1927 made the first nonstop solo trip across the Atlantic Ocean and the X-1 rocket plane in which Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947 at what is now Edwards Air Force Base. SpaceShipOne hurtled out of the Earth’s atmosphere to reach suborbital space in June 2004, climbing more than 62 miles above Mojave, where it was built. Last fall, it won the international Ansari X Prize – designed to encourage development of space tourism – after blasting into space twice in five days. last_img read more

‘RARE’ BIRD SIGHTINGS IN DONEGAL A ‘HOAX’ BY MOTHER NATURE!

first_imgSightings of new species of birds across Donegal in recent days have been put down to a hoax by Mother Nature.A Starling with an orange headed from being ‘pollinated’! Pic by Liam Ryan.Householders in various parts of the county including Donegal Town, Letterkenny and Buncrana have spotted birds in their gardens with strange orange heads.Birdwatch Ireland has been swamped with phonecalls and emails about the unusual visitors which resemble both House Sparrows and Starlings. But the birds ARE Starlings and House Sparrows which have fallen prey to an unusual plant which gives of a dye when being pollinated by the birds.A spokesman for Birdwatch Ireland revealed “Rather than being some exotic new visitor, these in fact ARE Starlings and House Sparrows that have been feeding on a plant called New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax).“Though native to New Zealand, this species has been planted commonly in gardens around the country and has even become naturalised in the wild in many areas. Its high antler-like flower-stalks which grow out from the centre of a fan of long, narrow leaves are highly distinctive and will be familiar to many people.“We are used to plants being pollinated by insects and even by the wind, but New Zealand Flax uses another method: it is pollinated by birds. The tubular flowers produce a rich, sweet nectar that many birds find irresistible. “As they stick their beaks down into the flowers to feed, a small brush-like appendage dusts the tops of the birds’ heads with brightly coloured pollen, staining it a vivid orange or red colour. When they move on to feed from another flax flower, these birds bring the pollen with them, helping the plant to reproduce.”The good news is that the staining on the bird’s crown feathers is only temporary and doesn’t cause them any discomfort or harm.The Birdwatch Ireland spokesman added “They are probably completely unaware of how odd they look to our eyes. It is not at all surprising that people think they have seen a new species of bird, as the addition of such a vivid splash of colour to otherwise rather drab and muted species really catches the eye and stands out as something unusual.”The spokesman added that is people spot any birds with unusual orange or red crown patches, please let them know at info@birdwatchireland.ie or 01-2819878.‘RARE’ BIRD SIGHTINGS IN DONEGAL A ‘HOAX’ BY MOTHER NATURE! was last modified: July 5th, 2014 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:birdsdonegalorange headsplantlast_img read more

Autodesk: Hey, Free Apps Are Harder To Make Than Enterprise Software

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… To me, though, the most interesting part of the story is what the heck a professional software company like Autodesk is doing mucking around with free mobile apps for consumers.Bass said the company first got into the area almost by accident. “The first thing we did was Sketchbook – a piece of professional software that was relatively unsuccessful… Nobody knew about it. Then two guys went and turned it into an iPhone app,” Bass said. “If I had been asked,” he added,” I would have said it’s the stupidest thing I’d ever heard of. Who would want to fingerpaint on an iPhone?”That product now has 15 million users. Overall, Autodesk’s mobile products have gained some 100 million users in three years, compared to 15 million users of its professional products gathered over 30 years. The company is now building apps “as fast as we can,” Bass said.Why Build Apps?Sure, the apps are popular, but why would an professional software company dive into apps? It certainly isn’t for the money, at least not yet. While Autodesk’s consumer revenue will double this year, Bass said, “We don’t make enough [on consumer apps] to pay the rental on this floor.”The real reason? “A huge amount of learning about how people really want to work with their tools,” Bass said. Autodesk needed to figure out “how quickly you had to get someone from knowing nothing to satisfaction” in order to eliminate the learning curve and make professional software as satisfying as consumer apps. “If it’s easy to do in your personal life, why is it so hard in the business world?” he asked.Compared to modern consumer apps, he said. “Enterprise software sucks.” The message has become, “less expensive means easy to use, more expensive means really difficult to use,” Bass said. “We have to remedy that!” Increasingly, professionals want the ease and convenience they get in their personal lives in their business environment as well – and are intolerant when the don’t get it. Business software companies that don’t give them that “will be losers,” Bass warned.Enterprise Software Can Be SloppyThat’s a challenge for Autodesk, because “we are an enterprise software company,” Bass acknowledged. Thirty percent of company revenues come from 1% of customers. “The very biggest companies in the world,” including huge automotive and aerospace manufacturers, buy thousands of licenses, he said. And they run their businesses on that software.In the development process, he explained, “you can be a little bit sloppy with professional applications,” figuring that “they use it all the time, they’ll figure it out.” Developing the variety of devices makes you pay more attention to detail, Bass claimed, particularly when something doesn’t work. Consumer app users want “instant gratification,” he said, and “we’re trying to push that into our professional products.”The company is already translating what it’s learned in apps to full-scale software. One example is so-called Marking Menus: Rather than put the menus at the top of the screen, the idea is to overlay the menus on top of the place where you are working. “It makes even more sense when it’s your finger,” Bass said, “but why not the mouse?” Will The Enterprise Go Social?The final frontier for enterprise software is probably social. These days, we get constant access to social information in our personal lives, but that turns opaque in our professional lives, Bass said.But he believes that professionals “want to and are willing to share – even though that’s a little taboo in the enterprise world.” So Autodesk is bringing social aspects into its professional tools. Upcoming products, including Autodesk 360, now in beta, will translate the “social graph” to the “design graph,” letting users Like and share on an ad hoc basis, he said.Put all this together and it begs the question: Is there any real difference between consumer apps and enterprise software? Looks like we’re about to find out.Top image by Fredric Paul fredric paul According to Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, creating free smartphone apps is much more difficult than building expensive professional and enterprise software.“People are more demanding for a low-cost consumer thing than they are for [expensive] profressional products,” Bass told me in a sit-down at the company’s slick gallery space in downtown San Francisco. “The cheapest things have to be the easiest to use,” he explained. They don’t get a user manual or training classes to show people how to use them.From AutoCad To AppsThat’s a big deal to Autodesk, which made its name with high-end design and engineering software like AutoCad and Revit, but has made an aggressive move into smartphone and tablet apps in the last few years.And it’s especially releveant because on Tuesday morning the company introduced Autodesk ReCap, the “industrial strength” version of the free consumer product called 123D Catch, introduced in 2012. The products are designed to create “intelligent 3D data” from captured photos and laser scans.center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Getting Ready For Touch ScreensAutodesk also needed to learn how to take full advantage of multi-touch interfaces, Bass said. “Clearly, the next generation of desktops will have multitouch,” he said, and “we will change our products to take advantage of that… Direct interaction is a more natural way for people to work with their models.”The transition isn’t as simple as you might think. For one thing, there’s a more “emotional connection” with touch screens, Bass believes. “You interact with it in a slightly more intimate way. You actually touch it – that’s different than a keyboard and mouse.”And there are also practical considerations. On Windows, for example, many things are called up by hovering the mouse over an area of the screen. That generally doesn’t work with touch.Finally, despite the fact that consumer apps aren’t a big money maker right now, “if you have an attentive, engaged audience of loyal consumers, you can find a way to make money on it”, Bass predicted. “Look at Twitter.”last_img read more

Yamaha races to connect the things to the IoT

first_imgTags:#Connected Devices#IoT#robotics#Yamaha Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Japanese conglomerate Yamaha has launched its own Advanced Robotics Automation platform, a system that connects Internet of Things (IoT) and other devices together.The platform looks to lower the cost of automated production lines and provide more compatibility between IoT products, according to Yamaha.See Also: IIoT could boost GDP by $15 trillion, though data barriers remainThe integrated controller is compatible with 91 models and 202 individual variants, including SCARA robots and controllers, making it highly valuable in a market of fragmentation and incompatibility.Adding an integrated controller removes the need for a controller in each robot or device, which heavily reduces the amount of time a company will spend setting up an IoT system. It also reduces the amount of space required, according to Yamaha.New ground for YamahaIoT is still a fragmented world, where one device may not work with another, and all of them may not work with an application or platform. Yamaha is trying to fix this by adding a controller that is supported by hundreds of devices, but that still won’t be enough for major industrial developments that use thousands of devices.That said, the company is exploring new ground and with a strong list of compatible devices, it may be able to win over some businesses that are looking to start their IoT operations in the next few years.Yamaha is not one of the most well known IoT brands, but it has been pushing into the market steadily over the past few months, egged on by its strong robotics and electronics division performance. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Pucklast_img read more