Mavericks Barbers adds Callum Wosser to the team! Check out his work…

first_imgMavericks has made an addition to the team and they have done so in the way of a man named Callum Wosser.Callum, originally from Carndonagh, has cut his teeth in Dublin and Los Angeles and is now joined forces with the Mavericks. With very little to learn, apart from rekindling a bit of a Donegal accent, he has hit the ground running!!Here is just some of his work…A nice neat skin fade with natural texture on top. Styled with Mavericks salt spray. High fade with a crop cut on top finished with a quiffed fringe. Styled with Layrite.Top quality blowback, created with scissors all over. Styled with Mavericks shaping paste.Neat skin fade with fringe pulled back, fade highlighted with the surgical line. Styled with Dapper Dan.Neat zero fade, completed in a new fashion with hard transition. Textured top, styled with Mavericks Salt spray.Now you’ve got a taste of what the “Wozzer” can do, you can catch him in Mavericks working alongside the best in the business.And If you like what you see, then there is only one place in town that you need to visit! Fortunately for all the gentlemen who come through the door at Mavericks they don’t just leave with a cracking haircut, they get 5-star service and a great experience!No appointments are necessary… Just bring your hair! Mavericks Traditional Barbershop, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny. Also, you can catch up with us on Facebook  ( and follow us on Instagram (maverickstraditionalbarbershop) Snapchat @MAVERICKSTBS or Twitter…or better still call in and treat yourself to the haircut you deserve!Mavericks Barbers adds Callum Wosser to the team! Check out his work… was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Mavericks BarbersShare 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

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Planets Defy Bottom-Up Assembly

first_imgAs much as they want to imagine planets forming from dust, secular astronomers run into insurmountable difficulties.Look at what’s implied in this headline by Rohini Giles on The Conversation: “‘Teenage’ Jupiter may hold the secret of how planets form.” What’s implied? Planet formation is a secret. It is not understood. Here we are, 219 years since Laplace proposed his famous nebular hypothesis, and astronomers still do not understand how planets are constructed from their assumed building blocks, gas and dust. The problem was exacerbated when astronomers were able to detect the first exoplanets (planets around other stars). Giles begins,In the past 20 years, thousands of planets have been discovered orbiting other stars. Far from resembling families of planets like Earth and its companions, most of these discoveries have made our solar system look like the odd one out.But now astronomers have announced a new exoplanet that looks surprisingly familiar. The exoplanet, 51 Eridani b, looks a lot like Jupiter – or at least the way we think Jupiter looked when it was much younger. Studying this juvenile version of our familiar neighbour will help us to unlock Jupiter’s past and find out more about the circumstances of its birth.The rule here proves the exception, the rule being the exceptionalism of Earth. Exoplanetary systems don’t fit the predictions astronomers made when they only had a sample size of one. Giles’ hope that this particular exoplanet will reveal the secret of how planets form rests on tenuous theory:We know that planets are formed in the circular cloud of dust and gas that surrounds a newborn star, but the precise way in which this happens isn’t well understood. There are two main theories for the formation of gas giant planets: core-accretion, where material gradually clumps together into bigger and bigger pieces, and disc-instability, where there is rapid fragmentation into planet-size chunks as the circular cloud cools.Astronomers have been debating those two models for years, but still don’t have an answer. Disk instability theory arose largely because of desperation with the problems from core-accretion theory. It was criticized as heretical at the time, but its main proponent, Alan Boss, couldn’t think of an alternative. Giles’ optimism that 51 Eridani b will solve the debate seems premature at best.Real accretion theory is messy. That is evident from a new paper on Icarus that tries to model it on a computer. Part of the difficulty is the N-body problem—trying to monitor the interactions of many moving parts in software, each with moving gravitational wells. Another problem is dealing with the fact that particles tend to collide and fragment, not stick together. “The present code includes an option of hit-and-run bouncing but not fragmentation, which remains for future work,” they say. But that can make all the difference. If fragmentation prevails, no planets will result.Consequently, adding more ingredients is not an answer. That’s why a press release from the Royal Astronomical Society is misleading when it says, “Bricks to build an Earth found in every planetary system.” You can’t assemble bricks without mortar. You can put all the building blocks you want around other stars, but it does not follow that they will self-organize into planets when the overwhelming tendency is fragmentation, not accretion.Computer models can also be misleading. Models, being simplifications of reality, can omit key ingredients or processes. Science Daily reported on work at the University of Chicago that tries to mimic the “early-stage planetary formation process.” The astronomers know that “Single head-on collisions typically do not dissipate enough energy to lead to sticking.” To encourage sticking (accretion), they modeled charged particles, and succeeded in getting granules of an unstated size (presumably very small). They’re omitting the obvious problem that until a granule grows up to the size of a kilometer or more in diameter, it lacks the gravitation to grow further. And since repulsion is just as likely as attraction, the more a granule grows, the more its “building blocks” will be likely to repel each other and prevent further accretion.More wishful thinking is apparent to the skeptical reader of another hopeful Science Daily piece, “Millimeter-sized stones formed our planet.” The idea here is that the small meteoritic pebbles known as chondrules “are believed to be the original building blocks of the solar system”—believed, that is, by materialists who invent these models. Whether “belief” itself is material is an interesting question. To make asteroids and planets form from chondrules, the team has to cheat by slowing them down in dust clouds as they migrate inward. This trick requires them to believe the planets formed and cleared out the dust before everything got swept into the sun in a “rapid process”.Astrobiologists, intuitively, are intrigued by water. Their hydrobioscopy habit leads them to think “life!” whenever water is inferred to exist on a planet or moon, even if the water is miles deep under the crust. Science Magazine sprang a leak in that pond with a new constraint on habitability, reported by the Royal Astronomical Society. In “Why water worlds won’t host life,” Nola Taylor Redd explains that more is not better: “Water covering the surface interacts with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in ways that can turn chilly planets frigid and make warm ones even hotter.” Watch hopes evaporate:Although the results are based on calculations of Earth-sized worlds surrounding sunlike stars, the researchers say the process would be similar for larger worlds and stars. They also say that a similar cycle would take place with other greenhouse gases, such as methane. With such a narrow range for habitability, ocean planets may not make as much of a splash as we thought when it comes to welcoming life.This effectively narrows the habitable zone. “Earth-sized water worlds are habitable only in a very limited range of temperatures—from about 0°C to 127°C,” according to the calculations. Add another constraint to the habitable zone.Secular planetary scientists deny Earth exceptionalism, and Darwinians deny human exceptionalism. It’s not surprising that many of them are political liberals who deny American exceptionalism. We should retort by saying that their opinions are not exceptional, either.Evolutionists are enamored with that phrase “building blocks.” Particles were the building blocks of stars, stars the building blocks of galaxies, dust the building blocks of planets, and chemicals the building blocks of life. Where is the builder? How do they know their building blocks are not debris of collisions? 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Oh FriendFeed, What You Really Need is Accountability

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Features#Trends#web sarah perez Last month, we posed the question “are trolls ruining social media?” – a topic that seems to have reared its ugly head once again over the weekend, this time with a specific focus on FriendFeed and the supposed angry mobs that form there. But let’s get real for a minute. Although it’s shocking that some FriendFeed users post terrible, hurtful things while using their real names, posting angry and mean comments is nothing new to the internet. Other social communities, including Digg and YouTube, also deal with this issue – heck, they’re even known for it!But instead of continually pointing out the problem, maybe it’s time for the innovators in our community to start thinking up solutions. Here’s one we just thought up…let us know what you think.Being Hateful, But Not Anonymously?The pseudo-anonymity of the internet – or at the very least, the ability to write something cruel without having to face the person eye-to-eye – often leads people to express themselves in ways that are far from how they would behave in real life. In the past, this typically led people to hide behind pseudonyms and screen names so they could post whatever they wanted without fear of repercussions.That’s why I recently proposed that some communities put an end to online anonymity, thinking that if you removed the masks from people’s identities, they would start behaving properly. Of course, this led to a lot of debate in the comments. Obviously, I never meant that anonymity needed to be banned from the internet entirely – the world isn’t ready for that! – but there are some places where it doesn’t serve much of a purpose. (Tech blogs, for instance.)People still hated the idea. As a blogger who writes every day using my real name, it’s hard to sympathize with the need to post tech blog comments anonymously. Everything a blogger writes, we’re held accountable for. Why shouldn’t other community contributors be treated the same? But as it turns out, there was a huge flaw in my reasoning in that post. I focused on whether or not someone should use their real name when posting, but that’s not the issue at all. It’s not really anonymity that’s to blame for the troll-like behavior we’re seeing in online communities, it’s the lack of accountability.That’s why (some) people seem comfortable posting mean-spirited comments on sites like FriendFeed using their real name and their real identities to do so. You see, when you post on FriendFeed, your comment quickly disappears into the site’s “real-time flow” of information. Someone watching the stream sees it only momentarily, before it’s replaced with others. Even within the “angry mob” threads themselves, a single comment easily gets lost among hundreds of others. So although the comment is attached to a real name, it’s a single needle in a haystack of opinion. There’s no way to see, at-a-glance, what that person’s commenting history was like. Were they usually nice and this angry post was an exception? Or did they make a habit of trolling? There’s simply no way to know.What’s the Solution?We don’t have any answers yet, just ideas. But maybe it’s time that we started focusing on solutions instead of pointing the finger at the web services…as if somehow FriendFeed itself (or Digg or YouTube for that matter) are to blame for this shameful aspect of human behavior.Jason Kaneshiro of Webomatica proposes that FriendFeed implement threaded comments with the ability to rate comments up or down. While I agree that would be a good first step in helping the community moderate the vitriol, it certainly doesn’t stop hateful comments from occurring in the first place (just look at Digg!). Perhaps what we need is a rating system for the personalities of community participants. Think of it like eBay’s “star” ratings, but instead of grading a seller on how quickly an order was shipped, etc., you’d rate each others’ contributions to a community. Imagine how this could work on FriendFeed, for example. People could rate others’ comments and the aggregation of the communities’ ratings would give overall insight to that person’s personality. Was the comment insightful? Kind? Spammy? Mean? Were you helping a newbie feel included? Were you answering a question or participating in a poll? Do you tend to leave positive comments about X company while being negative about Y? The list could go on and on. The system should also show not just how a single comment was rated, but what that person’s overall rating is along with a history of their contributions.If participants knew that their every action, whether “anonymous” or not, was adding up to paint an overall picture of who they really were, would this be enough of an equivalent to the kind of accountability we have in real life? The sort of accountability where people are judged on their behavior over time, and not for a single uttered statement? Rating systems are hardly a new idea – many online communities use badges and other methods for rewarding helpful participation. But rating systems that extend beyond simply rewarding good behavior to publicizing the bad, too, don’t really exist today…at least when it comes to comments and communities. It’s hard to imagine exactly what a system like this would look like, but that’s where UI designers would need to flex their muscles and create something that didn’t take away from the overall experience while also encouraging people to rate comments both positive and negative, not just the ones they hated. Is this a terrible idea? If so, we know you’ll set us straight. That is, after all, what the comments are for. But if you think it’s awful, at least be so kind as to suggest a better alternative.Image credit: flickr user takingthemoneycenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

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Pinterest: One Man’s Surprising Journey

first_imgPinterest is one of the most popular social media networks on the planet, yet for many men it remains a profound mystery. So I decided it was time to see what was really going on over there. First, the general perception that Pinterest is a largely female domain is not wrong. The vast majority of Pinterest users are indeed women, as the Nielsen Report chart below reveals. In fact, men are more likely to have a MySpace account than a Pinterest account. What Pinterest Really IsWhile Pinterest describes itself as “a tool for collecting and organizing things you love,” it’s best to think of the site as mash-up of scrapbook, photo album, middle school art-class collage and that old shoe box stuffed with mementos you store in the back of a closet. If Pinterest were a magazine, I suspect it would be kept very close to a toilet. Except that Pinterest is all-digital, always accessible and highly personalized. This is how it works: you digitally “pin” various items – pictures, links, memories, ideas, collections, products you want to buy – onto digital “boards.” Pin as many items to your boards as you wish, create as many boards as you like on just about any topic imaginable: cars, technology, tattooed women. brian s hall Pinterest encourages you to use your Facebook ID at sign-up, and then aggressively reminds you which of your friends or followers are already Pinning away. It also persistently beckons you to share everything you pin with everyone you know. I ignored these distractions, still embarrassed I was there at all, and just kept moving deeper inside.Show Me The MoneyForget the gender thing. Perhaps most shocking to me about Pinterest is that it has received a staggering $338 million in funding – along with a $2.5 billion valuation! My journeys on Pinterest helped reveal why the site is so highly valued. The business opportunities are obvious, and an entire marketing ecosystem is springing up, with retailers eyeing “every pin on Pinterest as a distribution opportunity for our customer brands.”Users “serendipitously” discovering retailer’s products to pin and later purchase is just one of many planned paths to monetize the site’s large user base and massive data stores. It may be the biggest one, however. According to the Wall Street Journal, referral traffic from Pinterest far exceeds that from Facebook and Twitter.Nonetheless, some men are there, and for good reason. There is much on Pinterest for everyone to like. All it took to discover this truth was for me to embrace my inner grandmother.When you find something you wish to pin – yes, it is a needlessly delicate word – Pinterest encourages you to “♥ like” it. Fortunately, this is not required. Just find items you like, products you need, and pin them onto the board of your choice. Pinterest displays each item in a visually pleasing grid that beckons exploration. The site also offers a set of apps, widgets, a bookmarklet service and other features to ensure there is nearly nothing on the Web that cannot be pinned. Soon, like me, you will have several boards filled with favored items; everything from pictures of Italian sportscars and women in cat outfits, to faded Three Stooges posters I need to convince my wife to let me buy.Less Shopping, More DiscoveryMy initial view of Pinterest was that the site was a digital scrapbook for older women with plenty of time on their hands, and a sort of catalog wish-book for younger women whose dreams are, at present, larger than their bank balance. Turns out, this is absolutely correct – only it represents just a portion of what Pinterest is all about. Don’t think of Pinterest as a shopping site, per se. Rather, it’s a set of tools for visual – not textual, aural or location-based – online discovery. When viewed this way, I have yet to reach the site’s limits. For example, I like World War 1 posters. In the Pinterest search box, I typed in “WW1 Posters.” Instantly, I was presented with many juicy finds.I clicked on a favorite and discovered it was an Australian WW1 Poster. I added it to my newly created “Posters Board.” Pinterest, not surprisingly, encouraged me to share my newest find on Facebook. I declined. However, it also told me how many others had pinned the very same item, making it easy for me to explore those user’s various boards and pins. My excitement was soon tempered, however. Exploring other people’s boards can get a bit overwhelming – like shopping for Christmas presents on Black Friday. I returned to the board where I first discovered the old poster. I clicked the “website” link and was taken directly to a vintage posters shop – still more great stuff to collect, and still another unplanned time sink.Later still, I returned to Pinterest and clicked on the profile of the user – a man – who had originally pinned the poster. He had numerous pinned items scattered across several boards: food, television programs, travel destinations. I decided to follow him and clicked on several of his other pinned items. Then I discovered a potential problem with the site – serendipitous discovery be damned.Pinned items very often do not take you back to the originating source. A pinned photo of, say, a gorgeous white sandy beach may lead not to a travel site, for example, but to a Tumblr of patio furniture. This seems like a definite snag in the company’s plans to generate billions in profits. Of course, that’s its problem, not mine. Will I Keep Pinning?Pinterest is very visual: It looks good on PCs and even better on touchscreens. And it’s a snap to use. It’s so easy to pin, in fact, that I can’t stop. No worries. Thanks to Pinterest I quickly found others who had pinned the same items I was interested in. In a very big, busy, and densely populated world, I had, yes, serendipitously, discovered people who shared a very uncommon interest with me. Which is still the very best part of the Web. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img The site makes pinning a snap, although does itself no favors by populating its instructions with such gentle reminders as “pinning things that express who you really are and what you really like is more important than getting lots of followers.”Does any man think like that?  One Man’s Life On PinterestNonetheless, I jumped in, eager to explore an area of the web traversed by millions. After all, I like collecting “things” – even if I’m not sold on organizing them.Be warned. Like loud, overly-pleasant chimes on the door handle of some gift shop on Main Street, the site makes it clear that all eyes are upon you the moment you enter.   The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#iPhone#online shopping#Pinterest A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Indian players force change of TT foreign coach

first_imgDespite his strong credentials, the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has decided not to renew the contract of foreign coach Leszek Kucharski, who is just 11 months into the job.The Indian players were not too happy with Kucharski’s coaching methods, and as a result the TTFI has decided to look for another coach.Kucharski, who flew out to his home in Poland after the London Olympics, replaced Massimo Costantini last year.”Kucharski has very good credentials but somehow the players couldn’t adjust to his coaching methods. The players have informed us about their views on him, so we decided not to renew his contract, which was till the London Olympics,” said TTFI secretary general Dhanraj Choudhary.Bhawani Mukherjee and Montu Ghosh have been training the Indian paddlers for years while the foreign coaches worked with them at different points in time.”Currently, we do not have a busy international schedule, so we can wait before we finalise a foreign coach. We’ll start looking for the coach after November and the contract will run till the next Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014,” said Choudhary.Meanwhile, Hyderabad will host the World Junior Championships in December after South Africa expressed its inability to do so.last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer enters Round 2 after opponent retires

first_imgRoger Federer’s record-breaking 85th match win at Wimbledon did not require much work.Federer moved into the second round after just 43 minutes of action, because his opponent, Alexandr Dolgopolov, stopped in the second set with an injury.Federer was leading 6-3, 3-0.The owner of seven Wimbledon titles and 18 Grand Slam trophies in all improved to 85-11 for his career at Wimbledon. That moved him one win ahead of Jimmy Connors for most victories in the grass-court major in the Open era, which began in 1968.last_img

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Ottawa loses in court battle with Bangladesh over alleged coup plotter

first_imgOTTAWA — Bangladesh has won a round in its court battle with Canada about a man accused of taking part in a 1975 coup that resulted in the death of the south Asian country’s president.In a ruling released today, the Federal Court of Canada has ordered Ottawa to revisit its decision not to disclose information to Bangladesh about Nur Chowdhury’s immigration status in Canada.Chowdhury and his wife, citizens of Bangladesh, came to Canada as visitors in 1996 and soon applied for refugee protection.Chowdhury, meanwhile, was convicted in Bangladesh in absentia in 1998 for taking part in the coup that involved the assassination of then-president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family.In 2006, Chowdhury was found to be inadmissible to Canada due to serious criminality, but he has not been deported.Last year, the immigration minister refused to invoke an exception in the federal privacy law that would have allowed him to divulge information to Bangladesh about Chowdhury’s status in Canada.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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The Oakleigh contest

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Oakleigh seat is set to be contested by two Greek Australians on opposite spectrums. Cr Steve Dimopoulos, the pre-selection candidate for the Labor Party, and Cr Theo Zographos, pre-selection candidate for the Liberal Party, are to contest the marginal seat on the November 29 election. For Cr Dimopoulos, who has lived in the Oakleigh area for 40 years, this election campaign is about the Victorian Government taking a more activist approach to supporting the interests of the State. He told Neos Kosmos that he is hoping that his special bond with the Oakleigh area, along with support from the Greek community, will propel him to victory in November. “I think I’ve got a really strong connection with Oakleigh, not only do I live there, grew up there, went to schools there … but I also had a business in Oakleigh. I worked for the local MP, so I got to hear constituent problems for a period of eight years and really understand and get an insight into people’s lives. So I’ve got a personal and professional connection with Oakleigh that is unique,” he said. And he reiterated the fact that he is someone who ran a business, has been involved with politics for 11 years on the local council, worked for a local federal member of parliament and who “does a good role in terms of advocacy and someone who has represented his city as mayor”. But he acknowledges that contesting a seat which his party holds by a 5.1 per cent margin is something that he will not take for granted. Having opened a cafe in 2002, he was given the opportunity to hear firsthand the issues propagated by the locals and, for him, it was the proposed closure of a local pool which propelled him to a life in the public sector. “It was really the galvanising influence, taking away a pretty significant piece of infrastructure for me that got me involved and on the representative side of politics rather than the backroom,” he said. And the Greek community plays a big part in his life and in his party’s politics. “I think it’s easy to take the Greek support (for the Labor Party) for granted. It means a lot (the Greek community to Labor). It’s not just relying on a vote that goes back to Whitlam and before, it’s actually, if you look at some of the biggest contributors in the Victorian party and even federally, but particularly in the Victorian party, over the last 20 years they’ve been of Greek heritage. “I think we’ve got the biggest cohort of pre-selected candidates of Greek heritage ever contesting this election, so I see that as the party recognising the Greek community in a very genuine way,” he said. He has prioritised job increases, education, health and transport as relevant factors for not only his constituency, but Victoria on a whole. “They’re pretty standard bread and butter issues, but I think they’re materially more significant now when you’ve got a federal government that’s torn out some of the core funding for these services.” “There’s a whole range of needs in relation to capital needs in schools. Health, so hospitals, and that links in with the ramping rates of ambulances having to wait outside the Monash Medical centre to unload patients. “Public transport is always a Labor staple, it has particular relevance for the Oakleigh electorate because we’ve got four level crossings, all of which will be under the party’s policy to remove in two terms. “So for me it’s those issues, but particularly jobs, that’s why I named it first, because if you don’t have a job you’re far more likely to be living under the poverty line or under financial stress and there’s a whole range of companies, as we’ve seen over the last two years, exiting Victoria.” He believes that personally endorsing and meeting his constituents is a vital element to him being elected. He said getting in touch with the issues faced by the people of Oakleigh is what drives him. “My focus is meeting people one on one and trying to get a sense of two things; the first is hopefully them getting a sense of who I am as a human being and someone of a particular value set and someone of a particular energy and activism, but also me understanding, because I think I’ve got a really strong connection with Oakleigh,” he said. Cr Dimopoulos is contesting the seat for Labor, with current Oakleigh Labor MP Ann Barker retiring at the end of this term.Neos Kosmos will feature Cr Theo Zographos, the Liberal candidate for the seat of Oakleigh, in this Saturday’s English edition.last_img read more

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Bahamas holds steady with stable credit rating

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 28, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas escapes a credit downgrade by #Moody’s and the news came late on Friday.    A Baa3 rating is held for the country and gives it a stable position.    Moody’s also left unchanged most of the risk ceilings for The Bahamas’ long-term and short-term financial obligations.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Moody’s Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

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