DONEGAL dad Jason Black had his bid for Everest ascent glory held up but it’s now back on after being held up at the Chinese Border.The Letterkenny man, owner of the Voodoo nightclub, has to wait overnight before being allowed to cross into Tibet.But he’s there now – and apart from a slight ear infection, he’s getting ready for some training at base camp. Here’s his latest blog:What a crazy last few days! Internet connection is virtually none-existent. No connection either by phone or wifi.Anyway got to the chinese border from Nepal yesturday (Saturday) with my visa to pass and they refused me entry until this morning.It’s so so difficult to get in from the Nepal side. Well finally this morning 8am I got through after some serious checks, looks, searches of bags and equipment. They even went through all my photos on my camera. “But I’m in and well up the Tibet valley called Nie La Mu a d now heading towards basecamp at the foot of Mt Everest.I’m currently at 3600mts and man you know it .. Airs pretty thin. Tonight it’s snowing here and cold as hell so base camp’s going to be bad ass cold!I’ve had a really bad two night’s sleep and now I know why. Woke up this morning (Sunday) and EAR INFECTION – couldn’t believe it and thats the last damned obstacle I need when I’m climbing at altitude. I have antibiotics with me here so I’m starting a course tonight to try and get this shifted before I get higher.So enough of the whining – it will sort itself out.Really getting into the super high mountains now as I can see them up ahead in the distance, I haven’t seen the Mighty Mt Everest yet but I’m due into base camp in about four more days so I’ll have a bird’s eye view then. Next few days the altitude turns up a gear as we move up 1800 mts tomorrow and back down for Altitude training, so lungs will get a good test. Outside of the ear infection I’m still in great form and feeling strong – eating well & really focused on what lies ahead.Hoping all is well back in Ireland & across the world.Thank you for for all the supporting messages guys.Laters guys from a snowy Tibet. JASON’S EVEREST BID BACK ON AFTER BEING HELD UP AT CHINESE BORDER was last modified: April 14th, 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:Jason BlackJASON’S EVEREST BID BACK ON AFTER BEING HELD UP AT CHINESE BORDERvoodooascent
Anthony Jason Shell, 34, was sentenced on Thursday, Nov. 30 in Federal Court in Asheville on his prior plea to one count of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The Honorable Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Shell to a term of imprisonment of 37 months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a term of Supervised Release for the rest of his natural life, and provisions regarding Sex Offender Registration in connection with Shell’s offenses from August of 2014.
18 March 2008Rainbow Nation Renewable Fuels (RNRF) is currently constructing a R1.5-billion soybean processing facility at South Africa’s Coega industrial development zone, to supply the local market with soybean meal, soybean oil and biodiesel.In a statement issued this week, RNRF said that the factory, at Coega outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province, would be the largest of its kind in Africa, with production commencing in the second half of 2009.According to the company, the operation will generate over R4.5-billion in turnover for the local economy and will provide 350 new permanent full-time jobs, 725 additional jobs in related industries and a further 800 jobs in the construction of the facility.“The investment will provide a significant boost to the South African and Eastern Cape economies,” said RNRF managing director Geoff Mordt.“The facility will process soybeans producing soybean meal and soybean oil. It is planned to develop capacity to manufacture soybean oil into biodiesel and pharmaceutical glycerine.”RNRF is majority-owned by Sydney, Australia-based National Biofuels Group, while 26% of equity is being allocated to local broad-based black economic empowerment groups.Improving food, energy securityRNRF will produce 800 000 tons of soybean meal, a key ingredient for livestock industries such as the rapidly expanding chicken meat industry.“South Africa’s soybean farmers and livestock industries such as poultry, pork, dairy, beef and aquaculture producers stand to reap enormous rewards,” said Mordt.“The facility will consume one million tons of soybeans annually providing a consistent local demand that South African farmers can rely on year after year,” he explained.He said that the company was currently working with local farmers, agricultural cooperatives and emerging-farmer groups to significantly expand their local supplier base of soybeans, adding that the company’s operation would improve food availability for the domestic market and ensure food security.“Our facility’s local soybean meal production will be a boost for local livestock industries and will help improve the nation’s balance of payments,” Mordt said. “South African imports of soybean meal reached 812 000 tons last year, up 20% on the previous year.”Fledgling biofuel industryMordt said the factory was the first integrated soybean processing facility to be announced since the government released its biofuels industrial strategy in December last year.He added that their application to the authorities to produce up to 288-million litres of biodiesel per year, from a feedstock produced by South African farmers, were at an advanced stage.He said his company’s investment was the first major commitment to progressing the fledgling South African biofuels industry, and it was committed to delivering a renewable fuel that would reduce the harmful effects of greenhouse gases and toxic emissions produced by fossil fuels.“Soybeans are an ideal biodiesel feedstock in South Africa, helping to ensure the nation’s food security,” he said. “Growth of the local soybean industry will strengthen local agriculture and rural development, adding a key source of protein to the human food chain as well as providing a sustainable feedstock for premium quality biodiesel.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
What Does UpNext Maps Do Differently?For the user, UpNext Maps just feels nicer than the built-in map. Everything happens faster. It snaps into position smartly, so it’s impossible to lose your place, and it’s easy to tilt back and forth between 2D and 3D views. The 3D buildings – only available in some cities – took some time to load in my tests, but that didn’t take away from exploring the maps themselves or slow the process down.UpNext focuses on what the user is doing. It shifts the colors and emphasis of the map based on what you’re searching for. If you’re looking for Italian restaurants, those glow, and the rest of the map fades out. If you tap a subway station, it animates actual trains and displays estimated arrival times. While the dominant map systems concentrate on roads, UpNext shifts to emphasize whatever information the user needs.UpNext Maps for Android is coming soon. For iPhone users, UpNext ties in with VZ Navigator for turn-by-turn directions powered by Verizon. That service costs $4.99 per month, and Android users have turn-by-turn built into their phones. But until Apple offers its own turn-by-turn features, this combination with UpNext definitely outdoes the iPhone’s stock navigation options.The key difference between built-in maps and UpNext is the toggle between “immerse” and “explore” modes. It’s not just a navigation tool like Google Maps, nor is it just a world-exploring tool like Google Earth. It’s just enough of both at once, and it performs better.The app is not perfect. It doesn’t yet include much of the Earth, for one thing, but the U.S. is there. It has a pretty hard time finding places by search, whereas Google Maps figures out what you’re looking for almost every time. But as a way of browsing a map, UpNext has no peers. It tilts seamlessly from 2D to 3D, and you can turn the place-browsing layer on and off as needed. But the most amazing part is the performance. It loads so fast and scrolls so smoothly that Apple and Google look like novices in comparison. Bootstrapped MapsUpNext does have considerable experience behind it. Three of its four co-founders have experience building 3D graphics for games. Its founders have been working on maps since 2004 – before Google Maps launched – and formally founded UpNext in 2007. For four years, they forged ahead as a bootstrapped company until Chris Sacca came aboard as an angel investor a little more than a year ago.Was that a crazy investment?By now, Google seems to have maps well under control for the entire world, and Apple is known to be building its own maps, which will have to be even better than Google’s. Among Apple’s mapping acquisitions was C3 Technologies, which built eye-popping 3D maps that are sure to dazzle users of existing immersive maps, including UpNext. What keeps UpNext working on maps despite the risk of getting stepped on by one (or both) of the mobile platform titans?A Dearth of InnovationIt was only a year after these four founders started making maps that Google released Google Maps. “Our fledgling project was already on the ropes,” Advani says. Google began to dominate, and investors began to run from mapping apps. All the VC money and press attention ran to social applications. “If you were working on ‘raw tech,’ you’d have a very difficult time raising money in this period,” says Advani.Consequently, UpNext found itself with very little competition from startups. Apps that needed location would just build on the Google Maps API. Google Maps became “safe,” as Advani says. With all the attention on Google, UpNext kept building quietly.“At some point,” says Advani, “after several near-death experiences, we became inured to this fear of being steamrolled. We began to believe that while Google could evolve, they just couldn’t be radical. That’s what’s kept us going.”Google hasn’t stopped innovating on maps. Street View is a different kind of immersive experience than 3D. It’s a snapshot of the real place frozen in time but with photographic realism. Additionally, it has begun to push vector-mapping and indoor maps into the Android version and add more Google Earth integration for 3D experiences. But it has also started sewing up the business aspects of maps. That wonderful API upon which developers depended now costs money to use.Maps is becoming a core business for Google, and that may be hurting its ubiquity and user experience. UpNext should be overjoyed about that. But there’s one problem, and it’s a little company called Apple, Inc.Screenshot of C3 Technologies street view (via MacRumors) Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jon mitchell Apple Maps: The Looming ShadowWe can pretty much bet on Apple revealing its new, Google-free maps at WWDC next month as part of iOS 6. Siri already asks Yelp for restaurants instead of Google, and now it will be able to give its own directions. And the 3D imagery acquired in the C3 Technologies deal will probably allow iOS users to forget about Google Street View. Where will that leave UpNext?“We think C3 is the wrong direction,” Advani says. “It’s essentially an improved satellite view – satellite with a third dimension. We believe maps are about more than maximizing realism; they’re meant to be immersive and evocative.“Think of an amusement park map: You look at it, and with just a glance, you get a feel for the different areas. Realism is not what we’re after. What we want to do is bring that old-school sense of wonder back to maps.”Next month’s news will escalate the platform battle between Google and Apple over mapping, which is a crucial mobile feature. But UpNext is finding more investor interest than ever before. With Apple and Google so concerned with the business of mapping, UpNext has a chance to deliver a better experience.Clarification 5/25 7:48 AM: The post was updated to clarify that Google Maps for Android has also moved to a vector-based map. Related Posts UpNext Maps for iPhone is beautiful. It’s the smoothest, fastest map I’ve ever used. It renders 3D buildings for virtual exploration of certain cities. Its look and functionality are distinctive. It’s free. And both Google and Apple want to build these features themselves. Is this a kamikaze mission for UpNext?“We’ve been hobbyists in maps since 2004,” says UpNext co-founder Raj Advani. “At the time, I was fond of coding video games, and the gulf in interactivity between the video game experience and the digital mapping experience was striking. A video game world is animated, alive, interactive; things can change. There are weather patterns, sunsets, noise and immersion. In the digital mapping world back then, there were just roads – and ugly, static roads at that.”UpNext’s goal from the outset was to write a vector-based mapping engine. Traditional mapping systems, including Google, Bing and OpenStreetMap, are tile-based. They download whole pieces of the map as you need them. UpNext works more like a 3D gaming engine; it’s downloading raw data and then rendering the maps itself.“The difference is key,” Advani says, “because being able to decide, in real time, how data is rendered is what makes vector maps so compelling. It enables a map to change in response to the actions and the environment of the user.”The idea was ahead of its time in 2004, but now there are smart, fast mobile devices with lots of native computing power. Google Maps 5.0 for Android got vector-based maps in 2010, with similar tilting and 3D buildings, but UpNext Maps for iPhone has now gone further than that. It uses the dynamic nature of vector-based maps to adapt the map to the user’s wishes. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Location#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Napoli Napoli midfielder Allan signs extension until 2023 Stephen Creek 03:45 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Napoli Serie A Internazionale v Napoli Internazionale The Brazilian midfielder, who has been linked with Inter and Newcastle in the recent past, has committed his future to the Serie A title hopefuls Napoli midfielder Allan has signed a contract extension to keep him at Stadio San Paolo until 2023.The news comes less than a week after Romania international Vlad Chiriches agreed a new deal.The 27-year-old has scored four goals in 27 Serie A appearances this season – his best tally in a season since joining the club from Udinese in June 2015 – and also has four assists to his name. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Allan’s most recent goal for Napoli was the decisive strike in a 1-0 win over SPAL in February, and he is a regular starter in Maurizio Sarri’s table-topping side, with just five of his league appearances this season coming from the bench.Inter and Newcastle are among those to have been linked with the Brazilian in the recent past.Any talk of a potential exit has, however, been ended by the penning of fresh terms.
Barcelona Coutinho & Paulinho advised Arthur on €40m Barcelona move Peter Hanson 16:43 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Grêmio Serie A Primera División The highly-rated midfielder looks certain to leave Gremio for Camp Nou and he sought the advice of two fellow Brazilians before committing to a deal Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho were influencing factors in Arthur’s impending move to Barcelona, the Gremio midfielder said.La Liga leaders Barca this week confirmed they have agreed a purchase option for Arthur, which can be exercised in July and will cost €30 million plus €10m in add-ons. Such a move has long been touted with the 21-year-old having played a starring role in Gremio’s 2017 Copa Libertadores victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Arthur would further add to the Brazilian flavour in Barca’s impressive ranks, and it was two of his compatriots he sought out to ask about life at Camp Nou.”I talked to Paulinho and Coutinho, the Brazilians there, I asked about the structure of the club, because I don’t know it personally. They praised it a lot,” he said.”I’m happy to be negotiating with a club as great as Barcelona, a dream club, but the focus is on Gremio. When I’m in Barcelona, I’ll start thinking about Barcelona.”Arthur added that a move to Barca is one that any player dreams of.”I’m very happy, it’s a great club, one of the biggest in the world. Every player dreams someday to play there,” he said.”I’m very happy with the negotiation, how it happened, without hurry, not wanting to take a step larger than we could. It was good for me and for Gremio.”
Transfers Neymar to Real Madrid? Ask Florentino Perez, says Emery Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:27 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Real Madrid Nice v PSG Nice PSG Ligue 1 Real Madrid v Girona Primera División Neymar The PSG boss had little patience upon being asked once more about his star, and asked reporters to direct those questions to the Real president Unai Emery says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez should be asked about Neymar’s future at Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar has been heavily linked with Madrid since becoming the world’s most expensive footballer by joining PSG from Barcelona for €222million in August.Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal has said he would sign Neymar for the Liga giants, while Casemiro suggested his fellow Brazilian could play in the same team as Cristiano Ronaldo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But with Neymar on the sidelines due to a broken bone in his foot and Perez reported to have met with the player’s father in Brazil, a frustrated Emery no longer wants to be asked about the PSG forward.”I think I have answered questions on this subject about 30 times in press conferences,” Emery told reporters on Friday.”The PSG project is very strong with Neymar in it.”As for Real Madrid? I don’t know, ask Florentino.”PSG travel to Nice in Ligue 1 on Sunday as Emery’s men – 17 points clear of last season’s champions Monaco – close in on the title.
The one constant during Oklahoma State’s up-and-down performance in Tulsa was Chuba Hubbard.After turning in a career game for the second time in three weeks, Hubbard was named the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Week. It is his first time to earn that honor.Chuba was the Cowboys’ offense in the first half, racking up 173 of his career-high 256 yards and two rushing scores before halftime. All three of his TDs came on big plays (75, 30 and 34 yards, respectively), but Chuba was all workhorse for the Cowboys, taking 32 of the team’s 37 handoffs himself. His three rushing TDs tied his career best for the second time.Heading into Week 4, Chuba is the nations’s leader in rushing yards (521), is T-1st in rushing TDs (7), and he’s already earned some way-too-early darkhorse Heisman hype nationally.Oklahoma St RB Chuba Hubbard a Heisman dark horse. Already with 500+ rushing yards/7 TDs. Statement opportunity at Texas next weekend— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 14, 2019Chuba is the first Cowboy to win conference Player of the Week honors this season and is the first OSU running back to do so since Desmond Roland’s career 219-yard, four-TD game against Iowa State in 2013. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
After his big game in Austin, sophomore safety Kolby Harvell-Peel earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for the Big 12.Harvell-Peel finished second on the team with nine total tackles (six solo), forced the second fumble of his season and recovered a fumble.His highlight on the night, however, was the result of being in the right place at the right time, and his ball-hawking ability.Thanks in part to tip by Rodarius Williams, KHP ended Sam Ehlinger’s streak of 161 pass attempts without an interception, the first pick of Harvell-Peel’s career. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Harvell-Peel is the first Cowboy to earn Defensive Player of the Week honors so far this season but, with Chuba Hubbard, makes back-to-back Player of the Week honors for OSU. KHP is the first member of the Cowboys secondary to earn such an honor since Larry Stephens did all the way back in 2014 for his Bedlam exploits in Norman.KHP played all 13 games, and made an impact, as a true freshman last year. Just four games into his sophomore campaign, he leads all underclassmen and ranks third on the team in total tackles (27), is second in solo grabs (19) and leads the team in forced fumbles (2). He also has two pass breakups, a tackle for loss and a sack.
If you watched the Oklahoma State-Kansas State game on ESPN+ like I did, well, it was a ride.From a camera angle on field goals and extra points that looked as if it was being shot from the moon to an outage at one point when OSU got in the red zone (ALL THE JOKES!), the entire production was closer to the amateur end of the pro-am scale than any of us would like.“I don’t have an answer for you as to why that would be,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told the Wichita Eagle. “Probably something was malfunctioning, because the production is exactly the same as they are doing on every other game. At least it’s supposed to be.”Well if it is, that wasn’t it.And listen, I’m not anti-ESPN+. I’m not against the idea of a digital network for the Big 12. I think it’s at the very least intriguing, and at most it has more upside than Ja Morant. But boy, it felt at times like I was watching something a university produced and not something a multi-billion dollar organization with an impetus to get into the digital space produced.Here’s my biggest issue, beyond all the, uh, not super compelling announcing and camera angles, lack of yellow first-down lines and upside down microphones. My biggest issue is actually with the picture. It’s not great. If it’s great and it flows and I can rewind and fast-forward easily and cut GIFs and do bloggy things then I can deal with all the other stuff. That stuff is secondary or tertiary.YouTube TV figured this out. That’s my new cable. It actually doesn’t cost much less than my old cable, but as a team at PFB we can put multiple accounts on there, watch from any device and rewind and fast forward easily. More importantly, it’s crystal-clear and pretty much always works. I love YouTube TV.ESPN+ has a real opportunity here to appeal to the digital generation by nailing the picture quality and offering features like multiple times (10 sec., 15 sec., 30 sec.) to rewind and fast-forward or even a button where you can cut a GIF to put on social while you’re watching. Forget $4.99, I’d pay $499.99 a month for that! (Maybe I’m alone!). The point is that there’s some space for ESPN to race out in front while using the Big 12 as a guinea pig.They have some room to experiment before everyone hops on board, and I hope they do. But what I’ve seen this season has felt less like they’re excited about experimenting and more like they’re just trying to get by.I realize it sounds like I’m just popping off about first-world problems — and there’s probably some truth to that — but as a consumer there is a standard I’ve come to expect in 2019 that ESPN+ hasn’t yet met. It’s just basic business. I think everyone — including ESPN+ — would agree with that.Here’s what the network told the Wichita Eagle.“During Saturday’s Kansas State at Oklahoma State game, our production encountered issues that affected the viewing experience of our fans during brief portions of the game. We apologize for the problems.”“The issues were offsite routing and transmission issues, as well as lightning in the Stillwater area, and were not related to our Big 12 Now on ESPN+ platform. We are working to ensure these isolated issues do not happen again.”Fine. Yeah, that’s ok. I don’t care about any of that. Those things happen. What I care about more is quality of production (announcing, graphics, rhythm to the broadcast) and — like I mentioned above — quality of the picture and sound.Disney acquired a stake in a company called BAMTech a few years ago, which is ostensibly what they run their broadcasts through. BAMTech is a spin-off of MLB Advanced Media. I don’t do MLB games on Apple TV or anything like that, but I can’t imagine the quality is at the level that ESPN+ has been for Big 12 games thus far.One thing I hadn’t thought much of that was brought up in that article above is that double-digit OSU basketball games are going to be on ESPN+ starting in about a month. If those look anything like what I’ve been watching thus far on the football side, it’s going to be … interesting.And listen, this is likely a speedbump in the long connecting highway between analog and digital. ESPN is smart and resourced and will figure all of this out (probably). Plus, producing in the digital space is really, really hard. But it’s not been an ideal start for the Big 12-ESPN digital relationship, and the unfortunate part is that everyone in this triangular relationship has already gotten what they’ve wanted except for fans watching the games at home.h/t Wichita Eagle While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.