first_imgGardai at the scene f today’s raids at Fortwell Apartments in Letterkenny. Pic by Northwest Newspix.BREAKING NEWS: A man aged in his 40s has been arrested by Gardaí in Letterkenny as part of the investigation into alleged Human Trafficking.In a statement tonight gardai said that the man was arrested when Gardaí searched a number of locations in Letterkenny area earlier today.He is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Letterkenny Garda Station. The investigation commenced on Sunday 30th August 2015, when Gardaí at Letterkenny carried out an operation during which five men were safely removed from a business premises on Pearse Road, Letterkenny.A sixth man was located elsewhere in Letterkenny Town on the same date during the operation. All six, who range in age from 21 to 45 years, were relocated to safe and secure accommodation.The investigation which is being led by Gardaí at Letterkenny, assisted by The Garda Human Trafficking Investigation and Co-ordination Unit, Romanian Authorities, The Department of Justice and other Government Agencies, is continuing, the statement added.  SLAVE INVESTIGATION UPDATE: MAN ARRESTED was last modified: September 29th, 2015 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:arrestedGardaihuman traffickingletterkennylast_img read more

Local Blackouts Reveal Global Risks

first_imgRecent blackouts in the U.S. and India should serve as a wake-up call to an increasingly networked world. Power outages are no longer a local problem. Mission-critical websites and data centers are increasingly likely to be located in blackout zones. Today, a local blackout can become a global business catastrophe.That was one of the lessons learned on June 29, when a massive line of thunderstorms went derecho and plowed through the U.S. midwest and eastern seaboard. By the time the front’s  powerful straight-line winds reached Virginia, dozens of people were killed or injured and millions were left without power.Also knocked out was the Amazon Web Service data center in Ashburn, Virginia, zapping hundreds of websites and quite a few popular online services, including Netflix, Pinterest and Heroku.Just one month later came the widespread blackouts in India. On the first day, the power grid in the northern India states went down, affecting an estimated 400-500 million Indians. As though that weren’t brutal enough, on the next day the eastern grid crashed as well, plunging another 100 to 150 million people into darkness.U.S. & India: Different Issues, Similar VulnerabilitiesWhile the outcomes of events in the U.S. and India were similar, the causes were very different. Mother Nature was the primary cause of the U.S. blackouts, but she played only a supporting role in the Indian outages.“The problem in India was mismatched supply and demand,” explained Prasad Dhond, marketing manager for Texas Instruments Smart Grid technology.The biggest challenges facing India are meter tampering and other forms of electricity theft, Dhond explained, “Theft is very rampant in India.” That, coupled with a dry season that has reduced hydropower production, created a perfect opportunity for the grid failure.The Failing GridThe issues are different in the U.S., where supply is abundant and cheap enough that incidents of power theft are very low. In the U.S., the problem is high demand, high supply, and an infrastructure that was built to handle a smaller load.According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the U.S. needs to invest $107 billion in the power infrastructure between now and 2020 just to keep up with demand – a sizable $13.4 billion per year. Only 11 percent of that investment would go into generating more power; every penny of the rest would go to transmission and distribution.“Without new investment, service interruptions and capacity bottlenecks will contribute to more frequent and unpredictable service interruptions that impose direct costs to businesses and households,” the ASCE said in a press statement last spring. “Those consequences will cost households $6 billion in 2012, $71 billion in total by 2020 and $354 billion in total by 2040. Businesses will pay $10 billion in 2012, $126 billion in 2020 and $641 billion by 2040 in avoidable costs.”Even as U.S. utilities wrestle with infrastructure investment, private companies are contributing their own solutions.Getting Smart About PowerTexas Instruments (TI) is in the business of making semiconductors, but it’s also building a market in energy management systems. These systems scale in complexity, depending on the infrastructure they’re serving. In India, for instance, the first stage might be to deploy tamper-resistant meters that would set off an alarm is a meter cover were removed or if the load balance between the live and neutral wire were way off.In other nations, Prasad Dhond explained, sensors on the grid could give better warnings of problems on the system, and even help introduce better substation automation for utilities. This would scale up to smart meters that would handle what Dhond describes as demand-side management.This is the kind of technology that consumers would see in their homes. Power indicators tied to appliances or stand-alone, in-home displays that would help power customers see their consumption rates and proactively manage their consumption.“There are lots of smart meters in use in Texas and California,” Dhond said, though the real-time reporting is not quite there yet. In Texas, the meters report back consumption 6 to 8 times a day, and the results are reported on a public Web site. The data are about 24 hours behind, but it’s enough for customers to start identifying their useage patterns.The need to manage demand could be critical, Dhond emphasized, because the U.S. is increasingly shifting its attention to electricity for energy. Electric cars are on the rise, but Dhond says a concentration of electric cars charging in a neighborhood might be a huge stress on the local grid.The biggest challenge for power management is awareness. Right now, there’s not a perceived problem.“Electricity prices are reasonable here in the U.S.,” Dhond said. “If they go up, interest in power management will go up.”Hopefully the next wake-up call will be a mild one, and not a full-blown disaster.Image Courtesy of Shutterstock Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#cloud computing#enterprise last_img read more

After Effects Tutorial: Lo-Fi Cartoon Mouth Animation

first_imgIn this After Effects video tutorial we’ll show you how to recreate the cartoony mouth animation popularized by Monty Python.Give your project a unique and fun lo-fi look by animating mouth movement on a still picture in After Effects. Many of you may find this look familiar, as it was used in the Monty Python Flying Circus animations, as well as more recently in online videos.One of the main differences in this tutorial (from others that show this technique) is we won’t have to manually keyframe the mouth movement (big timesaver). In fact, by using expressions we can actually have the mouth auto animate to a audio voice track.In this After Effects tutorial I’ve used a Creative Commons image of the Mona Lisa, but you can certainly apply this technique to any photo. Highlights of this video tutorial include:Use the pen tool to cut out the mouth and jaw line in the image.Parenting the mouth layer to the body (or main image)Converting audio to keyframes in After EffectsAdding the expression that maps the mouth movementx = 0;l = thisComp.layer(“Audio Amplitude”).effect(“Both Channels”)(“Slider”);y = linear(l,2,20,0,15);value+[x,y] This is an intermediate After Effects tutorial, so some experience working with expressions is suggested. Have fun!last_img read more

Hookah as toxic to lungs as cigarettes

first_imgHere is one more reason to crackdown on those hookah bars in the capital. Scientists have found that smoking a hookah or water pipe damages your lungs in the same way as a cigarette does, rubbishing popular notion that hookah smoking is somewhat safer. A new study published in scientific journal Respirology has shown that water pipe or hookah smoking affects lung function and respiratory symptoms as much as cigarette smoking.The study, done by Iranian scientists found increased prevalence and severity of respiratory symptoms among hookah and cigarette smokers.The effect among hookah smokers on their respiratory system was similar to those who indulged in deep inhalation cigarette smoking, said Mohammad Hossein Boskabady of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, who led the study.Study participants were tested for signs of respiratory health like wheezing, chest tightness and coughing.Tobacco smoking using hookah or hubble-bubble is a traditional way of smoking prevalent in many parts of North India, and has now caught on among urban youth as well due to aggressive promotion of hookah bars.Companies in hookah bar business claim that hookah is not same as smoking cigarettes, while some even claim hookah is tobacco-free. This is far from truth, scientists say.Smokers usually consume 10 to 20 grams of tobacco when smoking a hookah and the duration of smoking is 40 to 50 minutes on an average.The nicotine content of hookah tobacco is greater than that of cigarettes, while carbon monoxide levels are three times greater than in cigarette smoke.Most users believe hookah is less harmful than cigarettes as water pipe filters out toxic components of tobacco. “Filtering out toxic chemicals by water is a myth”, pointed out Dr Prakash C. Gupta, Director, Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health.advertisement”There are very few toxic chemicals that dissolve in water. This means concentration of more toxic chemicals increases further in hookah smoke. For instance, tobacco smoke contains carbon dioxide as well as carbon monoxide.Carbon dioxide dissolves in water but carbon monoxide which is far more toxic, does not.  So hookah smoke contains greater concentration of carbon monoxide than cigarette smoke”, Dr Gupta said.In fact, he said, instances of carbon monoxide poisoning due to hookah smoke have also been reported.Dr Monika Arora of Public Health Foundation of India(PHFI) said the study confirms ill-effects of hookah smoking. “It should also lead to strong regulation of hookah bars. Already Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat have banned hookah parlours”, she pointed out.last_img read more

Tendulkar, Zaheer to play for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy opener

first_imgSachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan are all set to return to domestic cricket, playing for Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy opener against Railways at the Wankhede Stadium here in the first week of November.”Sachin and Zaheer are likely to play in Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy opener at the Wankhede Stadium. They have expressed their interest to play in the game,” said MCA’s joint secretary Nitin Dalal. The opening game between Mumbai and Railways is scheduled from November 2 to 5.Tendulkar, 39, had last played for his home association in the final against Uttar Pradesh in January 2009, at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium when the matches in the tournament was held at neutral venues. Though he managed only single digit scores in both innings, Mumbai walloped UP by 243 runs to clinch the title for the 38th time.Zaheer KhanClick here to EnlargeTendulkar had played in the semi-final too against Saurashtra and notched a century at Chennai. Zaheer, 34, played two games last season to get into the groove for the international matches after an injury lay-off. He played against Orissa at Cuttack and against Saurashtra at Rajkot, his 27th and last appearance in Mumbai colours.The presence of Tendulkar and Zaheer for the tournament opener would be a major boost for Mumbai, who would be without their most experienced Ranji batsman Wasim Jaffer for the first three games as he is set to go on Haj pilgrimage.”Jaffer told me he would not be available for the first four games but has changed his mind and said today he will be unavailable for only the first three games,” informed Dalal.advertisementJaffer will miss the home game against Railways, the second match against holders Rajasthan at Udaipur (Nov 9-12) and the third tie against Hyderabad in the latter’s backyard (Nov 24-27). The 34-year-old former India opener is available for the fourth tie at home against Bengal (Dec 1-4).last_img read more