Competition winner

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGScompetitionlimerickOdeon CinemaOdeon Limerick Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email NewsCompetition winnerBy Alan Jacques – September 28, 2016 743 center_img Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleState aid given to Shannon firm linked to US money laundering probeNext articleWogan remembered as a ‘giant among broadcasters’ Alan Jacques Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WELL done to Niamh Gleeson from Castletroy who is the lucky winner of one pair of tickets and two large combo meals for a film of her choice at the Odeon Cinema in Castletroy. Enjoy!The answer to our competition in last week’s edition was Black Hills Forest.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up More tickets to give away to the Odeon Cinema in this Thursday’s Limerick Post. WhatsApplast_img read more

John Travolta Reveals Why He Messed Up Idina Menzel’s Name

first_img Related Shows If/Then At last John Travolta has given us the real reason for that name flub at the 2014 Oscars—it was all Goldie Hawn’s fault! The Grease and Saturday Night Fever icon explained it all to Jimmy Kimmel on his post-Oscar show on February 22. Earlier on in the evening, Adele Dazeem Idina Menzel got her revenge at this year’s ceremony by introducing Travolta as Glom Gazingo. All’s well that ends well though, as Travolta has come out of the experience believing that the Tony winner’s got a “wickedly talented” chin (or something). Check out the pair in the videos below and then Menzel in person in If/Then at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre through March 22! View Comments Idina Menzel Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Star Fileslast_img read more

Homochirality: Computers Are Not the Real World

first_imgIf you solve a vexing problem in a computer model, you have not solved it in the real world.It’s a long-standing problem for origin of life research: how do you get the ingredients to be all of one hand?  The amino acids in proteins and the sugars in DNA are all homochiral, composed of one hand out of two otherwise-identical “isoforms” (chemicals with the same composition that differ only in shape).  Collections made outside of life tend to be random mixtures of left- and right-handed isoforms.  Unless there is a yet-undiscovered natural law that can amplify one hand over the other, a prebiotic protein or genetic molecule would have to form by chance (see online book). An article in PhysOrg explains the problem:“Imagine you’ve got a coin, and it’s perfectly made, so it’s not biased at all, and you start flipping the coin. Each time you flip it, it keeps coming up heads,” he said. “So then you say, something must be operating that’s causing this to happen . . . you get the same puzzle with these biological molecules, and that’s the problem of homochirality.”Yet this same article offers a new explanation. Three researchers at the University of Illinois came up with a new idea.  Will it work?The Illinois team wanted to develop a simpler model, one based on only the most basic properties of life: self-replication and disequilibrium. They showed that with only these minimal requirements, homochirality appears when self-replication is efficient enough.“There are other models, and they may be correct for the origin of homochirality on earth, if you can prove that those prerequisites existed during the emergence of life,” said Jafarpour. “But whether those foundations exist or not, for life that emerged anywhere in the universe, you’d expect that it would have self-replication, and our model says that’s enough to get homochirality.”They knew about the ideas of Sir Charles Frank in 1953. He proposed that one chiral molecule able to replicate itself might repress the formation of the opposite hand.The model relies on mathematical and computational techniques that were not available in Frank’s time. It takes into account the chance events involving individual molecules—which chiral self-replicator happens to find its next substrate first. The detailed statistics built into the model reveal that if self-replication is occurring efficiently enough, this incidental advantage can grow into dominance of one chirality over the other.This article’s optimism exceeds its realism.  Did they try this with actual chemicals in the lab?  Of course not.  They would have to start with what they needed to demonstrate: a chiral molecule able to make accurate copies of itself out of a soup of random ingredients.  Unless the copying process was accurate and efficient enough, errors would accumulate and all gains would be lost (“error catastrophe”).  But how probable is it to get such a replicator by chance?  That’s a high bar to overcome at the beginning.Presumably their replicator would be some RNA ribozyme able to catalyze its own replication.  To demonstrate its ability to follow this scenario, they would have to see it self-organize under plausible prebiotic conditions.  What are plausible prebiotic conditions?  That question is highly theory-laden.  Unless initial ingredients are agreed on, damaging cross-reactions prevented, pH controlled, temperature ranges monitored and oxygen excluded, nothing of interest would emerge.  If something unlikely did emerge, charges of investigator interference would be impossible to dismiss.That’s why their idea only works in the computer (and only on a computer programmed by intelligent human beings already made up of homochiral molecules).  It’s puzzling they compared their scenario with patterns in the foraging activity of ants, which are also living and made up of homochiral molecules. The challenge is to get non-living natural conditions to achieve homochirality.The only graphic in the article is a “computer simulation of the emergence of homochirality” as one hand grows over time in some kind of competition in the spatial domain.  The diagram is highly contrived and unrealistic, but it didn’t stop the author of the press release from making sweeping generalities from it:The work leads to a key conclusion: since homochirality depends only on the basic principles of life, it is expected to appear wherever life emerges, regardless of the surrounding conditions.“For me, the most exciting thing is that this mechanism shows that homochirality is really a biosignature of life, a 100% signature, and should be expected anywhere life emerges,” said Goldenfeld. “So for example, we just learned that there is a global ocean of liquid water under the ice of Enceladus … I think that looking for homochirality in the organic molecules that have been detected there would be a fantastic way to look for life there.”But it’s not a mechanism.  It’s a simulation.  Unless their simulation works in the real world, no such inference can be made, because it begs the question that real molecules can do this outside the computer.  Until it can be demonstrated that blind, unguided molecules can produce homochirality (and anything less than 100% is doomed to failure), the simulation has nothing to say about life on Earth, Enceladus, or exoplanets.There is, however, one cause now in operation that is capable of sorting otherwise identical objects by handedness.  That cause is intelligence.Speaking of Enceladus, Cassini flies by it today (Oct 14) in the first of three final encounters of the geysering moon (see NASA schedule).  On October 28, the spacecraft will make a daring plunge through one of the plumes to collect samples of the dust and vapors from an altitude of 30 miles.  Since another Enceladus mission didn’t make the final cut of NASA’s Discovery program (see Nature), these two encounters and the Dec. 19th flyby are likely to be the last opportunities for decades to gather data from this intriguing, unexpectedly active body.We get excited every time there’s a new proposal to solve the homochirality problem.  Excited, that is, for a few seconds, until we see more false optimism and cheating.  This proposal is all fluff.  Go into the chemistry lab, guys, and demonstrate your process!  You can’t walk onto a football field with an iPad, show a computerized play that wins a touchdown under contrived circumstances, and declare victory.The only value of this article (published uncritically by PhysOrg with no hard pushback questions) is that it makes a clear statement of the problem.  The problem remains as unsolved now as it was in 1953. It remains evidence of life’s uniqueness, as it was to Louis Pasteur.  The conclusion from our online book* remains: “We find that there is no lessening of confusion until one accepts the logic that ‘intelligent’ systems could not arise without an intelligent Designer.”*This book, published first in 1973, was among the first to use the term “intelligent design” explicitly. It was the author’s inference from the extreme improbability of chance to achieve the high degree of complex information seen in even the simplest conceivable living cell.(Visited 100 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

APIs Are The Doors To Web Services – And They Need Locks

first_imgThe proliferation of mobile devices has created a firestorm of demand for Application Programming Interfaces (API) to act as data gateways between devices and services. But fire can also be a destructive force, and mis-managed APIs can hurt application performance, alienate developers and even lead to costly and damaging data breaches.API Security Is CriticalAmong other things, APIs serve as gateways to Web-based services like Twitter or Facebook. They are the specifications that let developers build applications that communicate directly with those services. You can think of APIs as doors; they let data in and out of a Web service. Just like physical doors, leaving APIs open can let anyone wander in, for whatever purpose.  APIs are only as secure as they are written to be, explained Alistair Farquharson, chief technology officer for API-management vendor SOA Software. Smart developers make sure their APIs are open only for those people who have the authorized key.What Problems Can APIs Cause?The threat assessment for an API that isn’t locked down isn’t a pretty thing. Insecure APIs can fold under the artificial pressures of distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks (which attempt to overwhelm a site or service with spurious requests in order to block legitimate access) , blocking the door through which data from a Web service is supposed to flow – perhaps bringing down the entire site. SQL script injections (which attempt to insert malicious code into a database), Farquharson added, could be used to re-route or copy data to outside servers operated by people who have no business looking at your data or your customers’ information.Because APIs enable very deep leveraging of a web service’s features, they can be misused by hackers to spoof services, or even pretend to be entire websites, as web designer Feross Aboukhadijeh detailed last Autumn, when he discovered how the HTML5 Fullscreen API could be abused to appear like any legitimate site, such as a banking transaction web site. Aboukhadijeh works through how the fake web site could be created and fool many unsuspecting users, even down to a citation of a study on “change blindness,” a psychological event where people can miss obvious changes.And then there are the less subtle attacks, such as the 2008 security breach that took advantage of a bad Myspace-Yahoo services API and ended up gaining access to celebrity photos that were supposed to be privately stored.These are the obvious malicious outcomes of APIs that aren’t secured properly. But hacked APIs can also create perceptions of poor quality of service, which could erode customer confidence in a Web service.The importance of getting APIs under control can’t be overemphasized, contended identity-management vendor Xceedium‘s VP of Product Management, John Suit. “If the web interface is the front door to a company,” Suit said, “then the API is the side door.” And any door that lets in the wrong person – or the wrong code – can result in the same disastrous results.Building A Better API LockLocking down APIs can tricky business. In these early days of the API boom, there are many different API standards being used by vendors to create the APIs through which applications will leverage Web services. Complicating that is the fact that there are a lot of different security standards, too.This is a rich recipe for problems, since an effective API management system must allow authorized developers in to use the API, but not let anyone gain so much access they can subvert the API or use it as a doorway to the host service’s internal data. Oh, and add to that mix the problem you have if APIs have to reside in a public cloud environment, outside your firewall.Most security experts recommend using some sort of the strong authentication process in place when working with APIs. You need to make sure that the absolute correct person is accessing the API.SOASoft’s approach is a just-launched API Gateway virtual appliance that uses an OAuth server to work with many different existing security protocols. Playing to its strengths, Xceedium uses role-based identity systems to not only make sure the right person is connecting to the API, but that person should be accessing that API in the first place.Things To Do Right NowEven if you don’t want to implement a formal identity and security management system for APIs, there are steps to take right now that will at least help mitigate potential problems.If you want to prevent SQL injection attacks, then by all means sanitize the inputs in the API that connect to your internal databases. This will reduce the risk of a successful attack of this kind:  API developers should also make sure that everything is transmitted through the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) – encrypted and transmitted by HTTPS – so that information like usernames and passwords are not captured in-process and then used to gain access to users’ accounts or worse, the host organization’s account. APIs are becoming increasingly important as so many new devices on the Internet generate and consume data via an ever-expanding list of Web services. While essential, those APIs also creating tempting targets for hackers. The need to lock down this growing vulnerability has never been a higher priority.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock, comic courtesy of XKCD. brian proffitt Related Posts Tags:#APIs#security#SSL Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

Google Confirms Waze Buy

first_imgTags:#Google#Waze readwrite Ending months of speculation, online mapping vendor Waze is officially getting bought by Google.The announcement was made on Google’s official blog.To help you outsmart traffic, today we’re excited to announce we’ve closed the acquisition of Waze. This fast-growing community of traffic-obsessed drivers is working together to find the best routes from home to work, every day. The Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now. We’re excited about the prospect of enhancing Google Maps with some of the traffic update features provided by Waze and enhancing Waze with Google’s search capabilities.(See also: Google To Take Waze Out Of Play For $1.3 Billion)We can all breathe easier now that Waze is bought. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

An Interesting Approach to Managing and Leading Your Military Family Services Workgroups or Organizations

first_imgKaren Shirer is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions Team and the Associate Dean with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. Karen is also the parent of two adult daughters, a grandmother, a spouse, and a cancer survivor. Book Review By Karen Shirer, PhDTribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving OrganizationLogan, D., King, J., & Fischer-Wright H. (2008). New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishing Co.Military Family Service Providers (MFSP) meet the unique needs of service members, military spouses and their children in a world that is constantly changing. MFSP connect military families to critical services related to relocation, employment, behavioral health and many others. How do we ensure that the MFSPs and their organizations provide the most effective services?Recently, my supervisor assigned a book to read for those she supervises, with the goal of discussing at our annual administrative retreat. My role as an associate dean for an extension center at the University of Minnesota involves executive leadership and administration for a center of 131 staff, faculty and educators. On a day-to-day basis, this means oversight of fiscal and human resources positioned to provide non-formal education across the state of Minnesota. It is challenging work, but energizes me on a daily basis.The book, Tribal Leadership, changed how I think about establishing, developing and sun-setting workgroups in the center, as well as how I work to create the culture of the center. My bar is quite high on these kinds of books. I am not new to the leadership developmental literature having worked in higher education management and administrative positions since 1990, and participating in several intensive leadership programs. Nevertheless, this book gave me new insights about how to manage the organization and groups within them, and strategies for promoting their development toward effectiveness. Many MFSTs strive for this same goal and this book provides a roadmap for meeting it.Basics of Tribal LeadershipThe main thesis of the book focuses on the stages that groups and organizations of 20 to 150 people go through in the development of their culture, and that leaders can promote the development of a culture through moving groups through these stages. The stages look like this:• Stage #1’s theme is “life sucks.” Only about 2% of groups fall into this category and often include criminal gangs and people who exhibit hostility and despair. Hopefully, the organization has very few people who fall into stage one.• Stage #2’s theme is “my life sucks,” meaning that only one’s own life sucks and not life in general. Logan et al. write that the 25% of groups in this stage are passively antagonistic; they cross their arms in judgment yet never really get interested enough to spark any passion. Another way of describing this group is as apathetic and having a sense of victimhood.• Stage #3’s theme is “I’m great (and you’re not),” making up the largest percentage of groups – 49%. People hoard knowledge as a way to acquire power; for example, they keep their contacts secret or gossip. One positive of this group is that they generally work very hard. But they are the first to tell others that they work harder than anyone else and could possibly not take on more work.• Stage #4’s theme is “We’re great (and they’re not).” 22% of groups develop to this stage and possess a great of deal of tribal pride. The competitors or adversaries of this group are outside the organization whereas in stage #2 and #3, they are inside the organization. If the tribe is taken away from individuals, their sense of self incurs a loss of self-worth.• Stage #5’s theme is “Life is great,” and makes up 2% of organizational groups. Group members talk of innovation and making history, and this often is the stage in which innovation occurs. Once the group achieves these successes, they often revert back to Stage 4 to regroup for another try at history making.The books offers strategies and tactics for leaders to guide groups through these stages of development. Here are a few examples – the book has many more ideas:• To begin, encourage people at stage #1 to get acquainted with those at stage #2. If one does not respond, leaders need to move them out of the organization.• To move people to stage #2, mentor them to establish relationships with those at stage #3. Also, assign them short-term projects that don’t need nagging – the leader does not want to reinforce the “my life sucks” narrative of this stage.• To move people to stage #3, encourage them to form 3-person groups and to work on projects that are larger than they could tackle on their own. Coach them to focus on bigger goals and to learn that working alone won’t bring them success. Find role models that talk about “we” rather than “I”.• To work with groups at stage #4, recruit others to the group that share its values and encourage them to take advantage of opportunities that arise. Lead discussions with the group that focus on what is working well, what isn’t working well, and what can the group do about these issues.Some key take-away points from the book include:• We all work in tribes!• An organization is a tribe AND a network of tribes.• A key strategy for moving groups from one stage to another focuses on building relationships with positive mentors and roles models.• A leader cannot change the organizational culture without upgrading the tribal culture.If you are looking for an interesting approach to managing and leading your military-family-services workgroups or organizations, I strongly encourage reading and studying Tribal Leadership.last_img read more

Manchester United’s season hits new low with 3-1 loss to Liverpool in English Premier League

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Liverpool’s 3-1 win over its great rival on Sunday was confirmation of that — although it still needed two strokes of luck to underline the gulf that has quickly grown between English soccer’s two grandest clubs.Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench and scored goals from deflected shots in the 73rd and 80th minutes to finally give Liverpool daylight in a match it dominated from the start at Anfield. In total, Liverpool had 36 shots to United’s six.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe gap between Liverpool in first place and United in sixth place extended to 19 points after just 17 games.“We cannot compare with their intensity,” Mourinho said, “we cannot compare with their physicality.” Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)Jose Mourinho chose his words carefully, and they proved to be as candid as they were concerning for Manchester United as its worst start to a Premier League season hit a new low.“Liverpool,” Mourinho said, “is a better team than us.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The drinks were on Ralph Hasenhuettl at St. Mary’s Stadium.In a bid to raise spirits at the struggling south-coast club, its new Austrian coach sent drinks vouchers to all season-ticket holders ahead of the game against Arsenal. It wasn’t the only thing the Southampton fans were celebrating on Sunday.Charlie Austin’s 85th-minute goal sealed a 3-2 win that lifted Southampton out of the relegation zone with 17 of 38 matches gone. It was the first victory for Hasenhuettl since taking over from the fired Mark Hughes two weeks ago, and he greeted the final whistle by running onto the field and leaping into the air in delight.Arsenal twice came from behind through goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and looked like preserving a 22-game undefeated streak in all competitions and an unbeaten run in the league stretching back to Aug. 18 — a stretch of 14 games. Danny Ings put Southampton ahead both times.Arsenal stayed in fifth place, but is now three points behind Chelsea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Late PBA Draft pick John Ragasa to work on his defense, hopes to get roster spot with NorthPort TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img “The mix-up of big fight and really playing football against an unbelievably strong team,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said of his team’s performance, which he described as “one of the best we’ve had” in his three-year tenure.Liverpool reclaimed its one-point lead over Manchester City with nearly half the season gone. United, meanwhile, is on 26 points — its lowest haul after 17 games since the 1990-91 season — and has a goal difference of zero.HAZARD’S NEW ROLEEden Hazard is settling just fine into his new attacking role at Chelsea.Playing as a “false nine” for the second straight game, Hazard set up Pedro Rodriguez’s early goal and then scored himself for the first time since October to lead Chelsea to a 2-1 win at Brighton.The Belgium forward usually plays on the left wing but is being deployed by Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri in the center of a mobile front three, between Pedro and Willian. It was an approach Sarri used to great effect when in charge of Italian team Napoli in his previous job.Hazard set up two goals in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Manchester City last weekend, leading Sarri to keeping him as the team’s deep-lying central striker at Brighton.Outplayed in the first half, Brighton improved after the break and reduced the deficit when Solly March turned in a shot from close range in the 66th.Chelsea stayed eight points behind Liverpool.HASENHUETTL’S FIRST WIN Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? The sight of former United manager Alex Ferguson looking glum in the stands and United’s record signing, Paul Pogba, burying his head in his thick training top to shield himself from the driving rain summed up the state of United at the moment.“We can still finish fourth,” Mourinho added. “For sure, we are going to finish top six.”United is one point above seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers and 11 behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Shaqiri’s intervention spared Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker from some of his embarrassment after the Brazil international gifted United its equalizer by fumbling a fairly tame cross from Romelu Lukaku into the path of Jesse Lingard in the 33rd minute.That goal canceled out the 24th-minute opener from Sadio Mane, which came amid a breathless start from Liverpool as United’s defense was opened up constantly.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more