Exclusive – Welbeck will be desperate to prove Van Gaal wrong, insists former Arsenal star

first_imgFormer Arsenal star Ray Parlour believes Danny Welbeck will be desperate to prove Louis van Gaal wrong when he faces Manchester United on Saturday.The Dutchman sold the England forward to the Gunners for £16million in the summer, and claimed the striker was not up to the standards required at Old Trafford.Welbeck has enjoyed his start to life in north London, scoring five goals in his opening 12 matches for Arsene Wenger’s side.Van Gaal, speaking ahead of the Premier League clash at the Emirates, has stood by his assessment of the 23-year-old, but Parlour insists the comments will just inspire Welbeck.“You should never say anything before the game,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Danny Welbeck will be chomping at the bit to score a couple of goals. He’s in great form at the moment.“A lot of eyes were raised when Danny moved to Arsenal. People were asking, ‘Is he the right player?’ He’s been superb though.”You can listen to live exclusive national radio commentary of Arsenal v Manchester United from 5:30pm only on talkSPORTlast_img read more

Rio Hondo steps up campus safety

first_img“Just replacing those light heads will improve lighting up to 30 percent in some areas,” Lohr said. Officials also hope to replace short light poles with taller ones to be placed in a more structured pattern. More security patrols will be added, tram services will be increased, and centralized walkways leading from the lower parking terraces will be built. “Just the good lighting, more active security and better trams will make a difference,” Couso-Vasquez said. “In the short term, it’ll be a 30 percent improvement for lighting and a 100 percent improvement for students. “And you can’t get those kind of numbers in government today,” he added. “That’s a pretty good buy in my book.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Sometimes, the smallest things can make a huge difference when it comes to safety, Rio Hondo College trustee Garry Couso-Vasquez said. For example, it would not take much time or money to trim back large trees and bushes that obstruct lighting in the lower terrace parking lots, Couso-Vasquez said Tuesday as he toured the hilltop campus with administrators. “All you need to do is some weed-whacking and trimming hedges to bring in more light in these spots,” said the trustee, who also is chief of police in Montebello. “This is actually a very safe campus,” Couso-Vasquez added. “When I walked the streets \, I tried to pin people down when they said they felt the campus was unsafe. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“But they could never tell me,” he said. “It’s just a perception.” With 35 years in law enforcement, Couso-Vasquez was uniquely suited to help assess lighting needs and safety at Rio Hondo College, which is scheduled to undergo a massive overhaul in the next seven years. Measures to increase campus safety will be included in the college’s Facilities Master Plan, a comprehensive strategy for the construction overhaul. The college’s board of trustees is scheduled to adopt the plan this summer. The bulk of the planned renovations, including new buildings, a road and lighted walkways, will be paid for with the college’s $245 million bond, which voters approved two years ago. Steven Lohr, facilities services director, said light fixtures are already being replaced in the parking lots. Brighter, more energy-efficient nighttime lights will replace the current “orange glow” lighting. last_img read more

GAA NEWS: DANIEL CLARKE DELIVERS MOTM PERFORMANCE AGAINST GAEIL FHÁNADA

first_imgDaniel Clarke was the man to draw first blood for NaomhColmcille immediately from the start with a fine one two with Joe Donaghey which saw him on the 20m line with the effort gliding off the left foot and straight between the post giving the red and white army the early advantage.Conor mc Gonigle and Niall Carr showed some potential with some fine linkages trying to break thorough the naomhColmcille half back line but never posed andy real danger. Willie Gillespies shot from out wide on the left hand side went agonisingly wide with a hair probably separating the point from the wide.The main element of the game was the soft pitch conditions being the culprite for both sides loose play but botth teams never gave up at any stage.It was not until 19mins where the score was levelled by fanads Seamus Friel @ a point a piece.On the 21st minutes Fanads Ryan McGonigles Interception Denies Daniels Clarkes Long run which would mist certainly have given Naomh Colmcille the lead, However, it was the Fanad Men who took the lead with a fisted point from Michael Sweeney.Good off the ball movement was evident yet again from the naomh colmcille side when John Fullerton and WillieeGillespie to win a 20m free which joe Donaghey executes with extreme precision tie the game at 2-2.A key aspect of the game was the breaking ball, the naomhcolcille midfield of Daniel Clarke and Ryan McErlean where prime examples of the clean catch above the head which every coach will tell you is the hardest skill to master in a game which left Fanad dazed from time to time.This game was just one of thiose games where things just didn’t go peoples way, multiple wides and shots dropping short just summed it all up.FAnad took the lead yet again on the 22nd minute through a 13m free which Niall carr executed finely which to some extent redeemed him for the few short free that he missed throughout the 1st half.Paul Friel was given the benefit of the doubt for his trip on Niall Carr  by Referee Aidan McAleert towards the end of the 2nd half which on another day could have left him seeing black. Naomh Colmcille enede the 1st half with a flourish with 2 points from Willie Gillespie after a John Fullerton and Mark Dowds Linkage and with the 2nd conjuring up a DEJAVU moment with the same key players.Half Time Thoughts:Michael Sweeney was the man to be watched from Fanad as his off the ball movement allowed fanad extra options time and time again on each and every attack, his most influencial moment was his 40 m run which could have realised a score for the fanad men but the Naomh colmcille back line composed themselves each and every time and maintained control.Daniel Clarke was the main focus of the Naomh ColmcilleSide, work rate was definitely not an issue here, wherever the ball was he was right there on top of it. His pass and go allowed almost every one of the Naomh Colmcille Scores, Influential ? – MOST CERTAINLY!!! This match could really go either way as both teams were aseverely unlucky in their endeavours!!!On a day where the grand national was on the tip of everyonestongues so too should be “falling at the last Fence”!!Second half:Daniel Clarke yet again was the primary mover with the immediate attack from the restart and the one two with conor Grant just falling short.First blood in the 2nd half went to the fanad men with seamus friel doing his club men justice on this occasion.A tight angled shot on the 40th minute by Joe Donaghey seen him hitting the woodwork for the 3rd time of the day.Fanads Niall Carr started to influence his team on the 45thminute with a fine point on the right hand side obtaing the levelling score and minutes later getting a crucial point to put them ahead.Ryan McErlean stepped up to the plate alost immediately getting Naomh colmcille back on level pegging. (6-6)Willam and Michael Lynch were Introduced on the 50thminute.Conor Grant did well to get out in front of his man each and every time and shoots just to fall short into the keepers arms.Low drive on goal; By eddie Gillespie just goes to the right and wide with 5 minutes left to go.Cross field play didn’t seem to be the most effective for Naomh Colmcille losing possession on multiple occasions.Fanads Paul coyle put the Ball over from 13m to give the Fanad men the advantage (6-7) leaving Naomh Colmcille only minutes to try and level the score.This final seconds dictated that this was not to be Fanads day when a finely executed downfield pass by Michael Lynch to Danniel Clarke out wide on the left hand side which graciously slotted over by Daniel Clarke.Final thoughtsThis is a day that Naomh Colmcille could look back on  and think of points that they have left behind them as over the two halves they had 14 wides and 8 balls dropping short as well as a lot of wasted possession but the game did end with a lot of determination being shown by the red and white army to never give up to the final whistle is blown!!Man of the match:Man of the match was an easy call in this case going to Daniel Clarke as the work ethic and influence over the 60mins was second to none!!Club lotto: There was no winner of this weeks jackpot which rolls over to next weeks jackpot of €3,150Weekly winners:Gabrielle McFarland 2-6-11Bernie McDaid 6-8-11Barry o Hagan 6-8-11All €25 eachGAA NEWS: DANIEL CLARKE DELIVERS MOTM PERFORMANCE AGAINST GAEIL FHÁNADA was last modified: April 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANaomh ColmcilleSportlast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL TO PLAY DOWN AT BREFFNI PARK

first_imgTHE GAA has this evening confirmed the venue for the Ulster Senior football semi final between Donegal and Down.It will take place on Sunday, June 23 and is fixed for Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan.The players seem happy. Mark McHugh tweeted: “Just heard the Donegal v Down game fixed for Cavan Briffni Park! Great spot for a game with great atmosphere!”BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL TO PLAY DOWN AT BREFFNI PARK was last modified: June 9th, 2013 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:BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL TO PLAY DOWN AT BREFFNI PARKlast_img read more

ACTION PACKED LINE-UP OF ENTERTAINMENT AT THIS YEAR’S FINTOWN FESTIVAL

first_imgFéile na Finne : 30ú Bealtaine – 2ú MeitheamhBeidh Féile na Finne ar siúl deireadh seachtaine na Cincíse agus is í seo an ceathrú Féile bliantiúil don choiste seo. Dhéanfaigh an Sagart Pádraig Ó Baoighill an óscailt óigiúil Oíche Aoine 30ú Bealtaine í dtabairne an Railway Inn, agus beidh ceol le Shaun Mc Monagle na dhiaidh, Beidh taispeántas Tinte Ealaine ar bhruach Loch Finne ag 11.30i.n. Tá clár imeachtaí do shean agus óg a eagrú agus anois is aimsir mhaith an rud is tábhachtaí dúinn leis an ócáid a chur i gcríth. Is fíor a rá gur ceantar álainn í an Ghealtacht Láir go hiomlán. Idir cnoic agus gleannta, locha agus aoibhneacha, níl a shárú le fáil.Tá an coiste fíor bhuíoch do achán nduine a bheir tacaíocht dóibh agus tá siad ag dréim go dtiocfaidh beag agus mór amach agus sult a bhaint as an deireadh seachtaine.Fintown Festival : 30th May – 2nd JuneThe 2014 Fintown Festival runs from 30th May-2nd June. This is the fourth annual Festival for this hardworking committee and we hope that the good weather will allow everyone to enjoy the various events and relax in this scenic area. An Sagart Pádraig Ó Baoighill will perform the official opening on Friday night in the Railway Inn, followed by music with Shaun Mc Monagle and Final Touch, and a fireworks display on the banks of Loch Finn. This year’s programme includes the 20k, 40k & 60k leisure cycle in association with Tír Chonaill GAP CC, and the 3rd Annual Gaeltacht Lár 5k on the Saturday (with all proceeds going to the Donegal Hospice). Digger Skills, Tractor and Quad Reversin will also take place on Saturday, plus a few surprise events as well, weather permitting. Sunday is Family Fun Day and will be based at the Train Station, and will feature Bouncing Castles, face-painting and amusements for children. There will also be a Regatta on Loch Finn, presented by the Donegal Coastal Rowing Association at 2.00pm.The Hills & Glens Honda Run will start at 12.30 pm, and a Vintage Car Display at the Noble Bar at 5pm, followed by music with Eddie Mc Kelvey at 7pm. The Lord Mayor Crowning Dance will take place at the Noble Bar at 10pm, with music by De-Railed.The committee would like to thank all our sponsors and a full list will published in a later edition.There will be a Courtesy Bus available until 12 midnight each night.Pub EntertainmentRailway Inn – Thursday 29th 8:30pm – Festival Bingo – Extra sheet in aid of ‘Mary For Mayor’10:00pm – Quiz, in aid of ‘Mary For Mayor’Friday 30th10:00pm – Music by Shaun McMonagle & Final Touch.Saturday 31st8:00pm – ‘Take Your Pick’ at the Railway Inn, in aid of ‘Mary For Mayor’.10:00pm – Live MusicSunday 1st6:00pm – Music by Usual Suspects9:30pm – Live Music Monday 2nd6:00pm – Live MusicNoble BarSaturday 31st10:00pm – Music by Drunken LullabiesSunday 1st7:00pm – Music by Eddie McKelvey10:00pm – Lord Mayor Crowning Dance at the Noble Bar. Music by De-RailedTeach JimmySaturday 31st10:00pm – Music by Eddie McKelveyACTION PACKED LINE-UP OF ENTERTAINMENT AT THIS YEAR’S FINTOWN FESTIVAL was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:EntertainmentFintown Festivalhome-page featuresnewslast_img read more

New bridge for Ballybofey at design and planning stage

first_imgBallybofey is to get a new bridge.The Director of services at Donegal County Council, John McLaughlin has confirmed work has been done on a design and planning a replacement Logue’s bridge Glenfin Road, Ballybofey.The move has been welcomed by Cllr Patrick McGowan. The current bridge has both a weight restriction and height restriction barriers preventing lorries, vans and agricultural vehicles using relief road.Cllr McGowan says he has made frequent representation to Donegal County Council in an effort to get a new two-way bridge erected at this location.“This crossing acted as a mini bypass of Ballybofey Stranorlar as well as catering for local residents and businesses and has added to the already serious congestion in both towns since the restrictions have been imposed which were necessary owing to the deteriorating condition of the existing bridge,” said Cllr McGowan .In the past, the Council prioritised the worst bridges in the County and sent a priority bridge list to the Department for funding but now the Government and Dept select the bridges with no input from Council engineers . Cllr McGowan added the process now is to get a new bridge route agreed and a design carried out now in October before forwarding to Government and the Dept of Transport and begin lobbying for funding to go to tender stage.New bridge for Ballybofey at design and planning stage was last modified: August 8th, 2017 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:Ballybofeybridgecllr patrick McGowanlast_img read more

Have the copper bandits returned to Fanad?

first_imgAfter eir subscribers were left without a landline service in the Fanad area for almost a week the company has denied that 200 metres of cable had been stolen.A spokeswoman for eir said they were made aware of a ‘fault’ on Friday and immediately order a new cable to replace a faulty one.However, local consumers say they reported the problem to the company early on Wednesday morning and were given confirmation later that their call had been logged and was being dealt with in a two day period. Subsequent calls to the company followed until the service was finally restored on Monday afternoon – more than five days after local subscribers noted their was no service on their landlines.Concerns were raised with the Gardai after a commercial vehicle was seen leaving the location of the phone lines in the townland of Shannagh at 11.50pm on Tuesday night of last week.The incident was reported to Gardai at Milford at 12.15 am on Wednesday, November 1st.The phone service was eventually restored and the missing cable replaced on Monday afternoon – some five and a half days after the lines went dead in the Fanad Head area. As the local community came to see the scene, the local presumption was that the copper bandits had returned to Fanad once again after an absence of four years.An eir spokeswoman at their Dublin Press Centre told the Tribune “We followed up with the local networks team and they have no knowledge of stolen cable at this location.“We did have a cable fault at that location which necessitated a section of cable to be replaced. This work was completed on 6th Nov.“Our technicians in Donegal were on site in Fanad as quickly as possible to make safe the area, to inspect the damage, to order replacement cable and then to install the replacement cable and to ensure service was restored. I am very sorry that customers in the area were without service for a number of days but I can assure you that the local eir team worked as quickly as possible to restore service.”However, subscribers affected by the loss of service dispute the comments from eir and say they became aware in midweek that the phone lines straddling five poles had disappeared. Copper bandits in recent years had created havoc as miles of copper phone cables were stolen over a lengthy period and the practice stopped around four years ago. In September 2013. Eircom staff said that in the most recent raid at a number of different locations in the Milford area more than €10,000 of cabling was been stolen in biggest raid to date.The thefts took place at four different locations, In what is one of the most serious attack ever on the communications system in Donegal, cable worth more than €10,000 was taken on the Milford to Carrigart road at four different locations.The robbery was the latest but most serious incident, which has seen copper cabling stolen on at least a dozen different occasions over the past four years.Eircom engineers told the Tirconail Tribune that sophisticated cutting equipment would have taken hours to cut down the cabling. In one instance close to Cranford some 500 metres was taken: further down the road 250 metres were cut out and a stay across the road to stabilise the system was also slashed to pieces in what is described as a highly dangerous operation for any passing motorists.Elsewhere near a Filling Station at Devlinreagh a further 100 metres was removed while close to the junction with the road into the Harry Blaney Bridge a further 150 metres was taken.Eircom officials say this was the most serious incident yet and phone subscribers are struggling in many isolated areas to keep in touch with their families.There had been a noted decline in cable theft but this returned in July with another spate of robberies.A total of 1,500 metres of cable was taken during different raids at a number of locations including, Fanad, Drumbarnett, Glenveagh, Drumkeen, Mongorry Hill and Rahan on the outskirts of Letterkenny.Only a year earlier the copper bandits struck three times in four daysin the community in Fanad.While it was claimed there was an active Garda operation ongoing, thepublic seems not to be aware of this and the thefts continued unabated.And the latest ‘outage’ in Fanad where the phone lines suspended to five poles were absent led to local suspicions that the copper bandits had returned.However eir says this is not so and the problem was due to ‘a fault’.Have the copper bandits returned to Fanad? was last modified: November 10th, 2017 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:copper banditsdonegaleirFanadGardailast_img read more

Happy Birthday to… Ballybofey!

first_imgThe town of Ballybofey is 400 years old this weekend and the locals are celebrating in style.In 1619, a charter was granted for a market to be established on the banks of the River Finn.  While there certainly were people already living along the River’s banks, this is the first record of a formal gathering in BallybofeyIn celebration of this, a big weekend of family-friendly activities has been planned for all the enjoy from 27th to 29th September. “The weekend of events celebrates Ballybofey’s rich culture and history,” explains Leah Fairman of BASICC (Ballybofey & Stranorlar Integrated Community Company). “We’d like to thank everyone who has been in touch with ideas, organised events and volunteered their time. The weekend is a huge community effort and we’re so proud of our towns!”  Leah adds that almost all the events are free to attend. “Everyone is welcome to come along and join the fun.”Highlights of the weekend include: Friday Evening Launch: Joe Mulholland of the McGill Summer School, a Twin Towns native, will open our weekend of events.  The launch will begin at 6.45pm in College Court for the opening of our special art and photography exhibition, before moving to the Villa Rose Hotel at 7.30pm for an evening of reminiscing and storytelling. Big Birthday Bash Fair Day – The main event for the weekend is a Fair Day from 10am to 2pm in Navenny Car Park.   There’s something for everyone as locals look to recreate the fun and memories of this big day out. Also on the agenda is art events and exhibitions, children’s historical trail and evening entertainment in many pubs and venues around the town.Keep up to date with all the news about the event on the website – www.ballybofeystranorlar.com. On Facebook and Instagram @basicc.twintowns   Phone: 074 9190909 Email: leah@thebaseenterprise.ie   Happy Birthday to… Ballybofey! was last modified: September 24th, 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:ballybofey birthdayBASICClast_img read more

Your Senses Awe Scientists

first_imgThe ear, the eye, the nose, and the mind itself continue to display wondrous capabilities.The EarIn a paper meant to argue for evolution, Science described the phenomenal capabilities of the human ear, likening it to a piano:In mammals, the chain of auditory biophysical events starts with the transformation of airborne acoustic energy into the mechanical vibrations of an eardrum. The lever action of delicate middle ear bones passes these eardrum vibrations to the oval window (Fig. 1), generating force gain via surface area ratio. This is the critically important step of impedance conversion that enables the efficient transfer of acoustic energy from airborne vibrations to the liquid-immersed mechanosensory hair cells in the cochlea. A second salient feature of many auditory systems is their capacity to analyze the frequency content of incoming sound waves. This process makes use of the mechanical anisotropy of the fluid-bathed basilar membrane to spatially decompose the acoustic signal into its frequency components, a biological form of the Fourier transform. Cochlear hair cells receive mechanical inputs at specific frequencies, depending on their position along the stiffness gradient of the basilar membrane. This “piano keyboard” mapping, or tonotopic organization, is the canonical mechanism for frequency selectivity in mammals.The authors found a similar chain of acoustic-mechanical-fluid energy transfers leading to frequency selectivity in a katydid ear, leading them to claim it was an extreme case of “convergent evolution.”  Ronald R. Hoy in his summary of the paper in Science actually used an illustration of a piano keyboard to portray the frequency selectivity mechanism.  See also the 11/15/2012 entry.The NoseA short article on Science Daily described a new finding about the sense of smell.  How are odors mapped to the brain? In “How Cells in the Nose Detect Odors: Braking Mechanism in Olfactory Neurons Helps Generate Amazing Diversity of Sensors,” the article introduced some of the complexity involved:The human nose has millions of olfactory neurons grouped into hundreds of different neuron types. Each of these neuron types expresses only one odorant receptor, and all neurons expressing the same odorant receptor plug into one region in the brain, an organization that allows for specific odors to be sensed.Scientists at UC Riverside studied the olfactory mechanisms in insects, and found another convergence: both insects and mammals – far removed from any possible evolutionary relationship – use a similar and very complex “braking” mechanism to repress genes until they should be expressed.  The article compared the mechanism to another human device: a typewriter –Ray explained that one way to understand the mechanism in operation is to consider a typewriter. When none of the keys are pressed, a spring mechanism or “brake” can be imagined to hold the type bars away from the paper. When a key is pressed, however, the brake on that key is overcome and the appropriate letter is typed onto the paper. And just as typing only one letter in one spot is important for each letter to be recognized, expressing one receptor in one neuron lets different sensor types to be generated in the nose.“If this were not the case, a single cell would express several receptors and there would be no diversity in sensor types,” Ray said. “Our study then attempts to answer a fundamental question in neurobiology: How do we generate so much cellular diversity in the nervous system?”But the nose’s “typewriter” is much more elaborate, because it can modulate the response level of the inputs.The EyeImitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  That’s why scientists at Case Western Reserve University are working to imitate the human eye’s lens, reported Science Daily.  A crucial trait of the lens’s effectiveness is its graduated index of refraction (GRIN), a property difficult to replicate in glass.  The researchers at Case Western have now achieved the fabrication of GRIN lenses by stacking thousands of nanoscale layers.  This “visionary design” promises a “new, more natural lens technology” that can begin to duplicate some of the benefits of biological lenses for those needing lens replacement surgery.  And that’s not all:Drawing heavily upon nature for inspiration, a team of researchers has created a new artificial lens that is nearly identical to the natural lens of the human eye. This innovative lens, which is made up of thousands of nanoscale polymer layers, may one day provide a more natural performance in implantable lenses to replace damaged or diseased human eye lenses, as well as consumer vision products; it also may lead to superior ground and aerial surveillance technology.It’s good they said “nearly identical” instead of identical, because polymer-based lenses only duplicate the graduated index of refraction.  They are not capable of self-repair and genetic self-replication.  It is, though, an important step in trying to replicate something natural that many of us take for granted as we read articles like this one.  “The human eye is a GRIN lens,” Michael Ponting, who is applying the research to a spinoff industry. “It’s a very efficient means of controlling the pathway of light without relying on complicated optics, and one that we attempted to mimic.”The BrainA remarkable story was posted on Medical Xpress: doctors in Canada have apparently succeeded in communicating with a man thought to be in a “vegetative state” for 12 years following an accident (a vegetative state is defined as inability to communicate or respond, even though an EEG shows brain activity).  Though Scott Routley is incapable of body movement, his brain and hearing are still apparently responsive.  Using functional MRI (fMRI), the scientists found an ingenious way to make contact:To try to communicate with Routley, doctors asked him to try to visualize himself playing tennis and recorded the way his brain responded using fMRI. They then asked him next to try to visualize himself walking around in his house and recorded the way his brain responded to that exercise as well. Then, they asked Routley to use the visualizations as a means of responding to questions – to visualize the tennis match as a means of answering yes to a question, for example…. team lead Prof Adrian Owen, said tests were run multiple times using the same question and answer process and he reports that the results indicate that Routley was definitely communicating with him and his team.Some are not yet convinced, doubting the interpretation of the scans.  If confirmed, though, serious ethical issues arise: “such research raises the possibility that science will discover that some people have been left to lie immobile for years under the assumption that they are unaware of the reality of their situation – a situation that would have to be addressed if it’s determined that they are and have been, capable of conscious thought.”  The BBC is making a documentary about it.  This is definitely a story to watch.  Doctors may have found a key to communicating with patients once thought to be out of touch with reality, giving them a way to reach out and express their pains and pleasures simply by thinking about them.Wonderful stories that speak for themselves.  Darwinism is useless to all this.  It’s like ugly fat that clogs the arteries of science.  Let’s put science on a fitness program.  The future could be bright for open minds running a lean, mean, well-designed machine. 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What To Do if the Windows 7 Update Bricked Your Samsung Phone

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Option #1: Try a Hard ResetAt first, Microsoft forum moderators were recommending a “hard reset” to fix update issues before they were aware of the Samsung problem. If you’re not sure if you have the Samsung bug or something else, you should probably try a hard reset first as it would be the simplest solution.To perform a hard reset, do the following (steps courtesy of MyNokiaBlog):Press and hold the Camera, Volume Down, and Power buttons simultaneously.Release Power when the phone vibrates, but continue to hold down Camera and Volume Down.Release Camera and Volume Down when the Format prompt is displayed on screen.Press Windows key twice to confirm the hard reset.Option #2: Try a RestoreNext, there’s the option to restore your Windows Phone to its default state. This may or may not resolve the issue, but if your phone is already dead, it’s at least worth a shot.The restore process would return the phone to its previous state prior to the update. However, any changes between the last sync with the Zune desktop software and the phone would be lost. This includes text messages, ringtones, music downloads and settings changed.To attempt a restore, do the following:Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable that came with your phone. (This should be the PC you typically use to sync with Zune). Launch Zune and in the Zune software, click Settings > Phone > Update. (If you have a Mac, you can use the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac to download available Windows Phone updates.)Click Restore.Follow the on-screen instructions in the Zune software.If successful, this will bring your phone back to a working state.Option #3: Reflash the Firmware Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Firmware I8700XXJK1 ## 2010 November CSC_Cetus_Europe_I8700XENJK1:  http://www.multiupload.com/OGUYF4F3VA (rar-file password: samfirmware.com) Samsung WP7 Flash Program: http://www.multiupload.com/3OE4SYAGQASamsung Mobile USB Drivers V5.2: http://www.multiupload.com/GH391NDSY1Flash Guide (English): http://www.multiupload.com/FDRJ3WDZQ7Unrar / install downloaded files (FYI: an unrar program for Windows users is WinRAR)Make sure the phone is disconnected from computer and turned offReboot computer and allow the drivers to complete the install.Start the Samsung WP7 Flash Program.Turn on the phone in “download mode” and then connect it to the computer.Drag the 4 files from the unpacked firmware rar-file to the Samsung WP7 Flash Program dialog screen. The application will place each file in the correct field.When the phone is recognized you can use the “Start” button to start the flashing process. DO NOT INTERUPT THIS PROCESS!When the flashing is done (approximately 15 minutes later) the phone will automatically reboot and show the welcome screen.More information on flashing the firmware on the Omnia 7 is available in the Flash guide you downloaded.  The source/credit for downloads is http://www.samfirmware.com/WEBPROTECT-i8700.htm – registration required. Option #4: Return the Phone to Your Carrier/ManufacturerUnfortunately, if none of the above steps worked for you, the only option remaining is to return the phone to your mobile operator or hardware manufacturer. Here’s the forum post from a WP7 support moderator recommending this as your final option if you need some sort of hard proof to show the rep at your local store.The problem with this last solution is that, in many cases, carriers will point fingers at phone manufacturers while manufacturers will point fingers at carriers and at Microsoft and no one will actually step up to take responsibility for the matter. Good luck if this is your only option! (Feel like an early adopter now?)Image credits: Winrumors One forum poster had success by flashing the firmware on his Samsung Omnia 7. Obviously, this is not an officially supported solution and it requires a bit of technical know-how if you choose to try this method. Again, this may or may not work for you. However, several other forum users have claimed success by following these steps.All credit for these steps goes to forum member SConign.Here’s how to proceed:Check if the phone is capable of getting into the “Download Mode.” To do this: Turn off the phone (or remove and replace the battery), then turn it back on by pressing the power/camera/VolumeUP buttons simultaneously. When the phone turns on, release the power button. If the phone shows the yellow triangle with exclamation and a “Download Mode” message, your phone is capable of getting into the “Download Mode,” and you can proceed to the next step.Download the following files (be warned: multiupload.com is loaded with huge  ads and pop-ups):  Yesterday, Microsoft publicly addressed the reports that its first Windows Phone 7 update was “bricking” users’ handsets – that is, effectively turning them into non-functional paperweights after the update was downloaded to the device. According to Microsoft’s official statement on the matter, only 10% of users experienced problems with the update, and of those, only half (5%) had a problem that was unrelated to an issue on their end – like low disk space or a bad Internet connection. As had been reported, the only devices affected by this issue were Samsung phones, Microsoft said, although it didn’t confirm which models specifically.But what of those 5% whose phones are now dead? Here, Microsoft was less clear, simply pointing users to various online resources like FAQs and forums. What are these users supposed to do? We may have some suggestions for you.In Microsoft’s blog post, the company pointed users to the following sites: the online troubleshooter, its Windows Phone forum and its list of Windows Phone update articles. For those having run-of-the-mill technical issues, the online troubleshooter is probably the best bet. 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