ENTERTAINMENT: Voodoo Venue Letterkenny will welcome former Westlife manager and X-Factor judge Louis Walsh this Saturday 27th June to the North West. The very popular Irish entertainment manager, whose success stories include the biggest names such as Boyzone and Westlife, Girls Aloud, Samanta Mumba, Shayne Ward and Jedward!! Louis Walsh being a judge on X-Factor since it aired in 2004, he also has been a judge on hit shows such as “Popstars” and “Britains Got Talent”.The Mayo man will meet and greet everyone from 11pm in the Voodoo Venue.Voodoo Venue is hughly popular with both locals and visitors alike with an amazing atmosphere all week long, it’s hard to beat. Don’t miss the biggest night out this weekend and the best Dance music and unreal beats with DJ Kevin Lennon at Donegal’s premier Night-life destinations – VOODOO VENUE!!For a chance to WIN the VIP Experience this weekend which includes FREE Entry, Meet & Greet with the main man himself Louis Walsh, Private VIP Booth & Cocktails check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkennyX-FACTOR JUDGE LOUIS WALSH TO APPEAR AT VOODOO VENUE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Entertainmenthome-page featuresLouis WalshnewsVoodoo Venuex factor
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seventeen farmers and agribusiness professionals have been selected to participate in Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2019-2020 AgriPOWER Institute. The goal of the elite, yearlong training program is to help participants become community leaders and advocates for agriculture. During the program, participants will attend multiple sessions to learn about public policy matters important to their communities as well as the state of Ohio, nation and world.Class XI members are John Bolte of Tiffin, Jon Brookbank of North Ridgeville, Ashley Brucker of Columbus, Lauren Fehlan of Troy, Kelli Hartman of Wilmington, Josh Ison of Moscow, Kenzie Johnston of Richwood, Richard Maxwell of Glenford, Matt McFadden of Wilmington, Kayla Miller of Archbold, Jared Persinger of Washington Court House, Ashley Phillips of Warsaw, Devin Trout of Columbus, Vince Untied of Newark, Vicki Vance of Gambier, Kevin Ward of Upper Sandusky and Emmalee Wince of Salem.Throughout the year, Class XI participants will develop important skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, communications and more. One of the sessions will take place in Washington, D.C. to give participants a better understanding of national and global issues and another out of state so they can learn about the differences and similarities in agriculture from state to state.“For more than 10 years, AgriPOWER has helped develop passionate and influential leaders who work hard to improve and preserve both agriculture and their local communities,” said Melinda Witten, AgriPOWER director.Partnering with Ohio Farm Bureau on AgriPOWER Class XI are American Farmland Trust, Cargill, OSU Extension Delaware County, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio Soybean Council, members of AgriPOWER Class X, Southern Ohio Ag and Community Development Fund and Farm Bureaus in Clinton, Coshocton, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton and Knox counties.For additional information about AgriPOWER, visit ofb.ag/agripower.
Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Tags:#Android#HTC Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Harsh, but true. The first impression of the First when taken out of the box might be, “wow, this looks like an iPhone.” That is where the comparisons to Apple’s flagship stop. The phone runs Facebook Home as a launcher, which is fine if you like Facebook and want it centralized as the skin for your phone. Otherwise, the First runs stock Android Jelly Bean. You can use the phone without Home, which essentially turns it into a mid-level smartphone not unlike a Google Nexus device except without the official Google support that the company gives its flagship Android devices. Really, that is not entirely a bad thing. The First comes at a reasonable price ($99 on contract through AT&T or $449.99 off contract) and can be attuned to a full Android experience or an Android experience colored by Facebook. The market for that type of device could be parents looking to get their teenagers their first smartphones or developers looking for a relatively cheap Android device to test apps on. The First may not be anything special, but if you are looking in the middle market for smartphones, you could definitely do worse. With the One and the First, HTC could gain momentum to overtake several of its rivals, which are numerous. Right now, HTC’s biggest rival is probably Nokia, which has filed an injunction against the One for use of microphone technology in the device. But HTC also has to battle for position with the leaders of the pack in Apple and Samsung as well as the Android Army of ZTE, Huawei, LG and others. If it can avoid the pitfalls that doomed it the last two years (legal issues, distribution and marketing), HTC has the tools to come out ahead. Low light conditions at a concert (Ben Mirin of VentureFizz beat boxing at a charity event)The popular thing to do among smartphone makers these days is to pack as many features into their cameras as possible. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is particularly egregious at this, but Nokia and Apple are both guilty as well. HTC is no different. It has a variety of settings for sharing (under the HTC Zoe feature), the ability to take “sound photos,” panorama shots, various filters, shoot and edit videos (at 1080p) and more. Frankly, most people are going to just open the camera app and snap a photo but HTC provides a variety of advanced features as well. The smartphone camera wars are alive and well and the advanced capabilities brought forth by various manufacturers are a good thing for consumers, developers, hobbyists and enthusiasts. HTC First: A Decent Option For The Mid-LevelThe Facebook Phone (the HTC First) is remarkable for really one reason: Facebook. Otherwise, this device is so non-descript that it is almost painful. David Pogue of The New York Times probably said it best when he described the First: “What’s the deal with this phone? It’s plastic, dull, uninteresting. It’s so generic, it should come in a plain white box that says PHONE on it.” People of a certain age will remember the Cola Wars and the blind taste tests of the late 1970s and ’80s. The “Pepsi Challenge” was a cultural phenomenon that has endured as a enduring marketing slogan for almost 40 years. In 2013, the Cola Wars are passé. Now, we have smartphones. Last week I decided to perform my own Smartphone Challenge. I walked around with two smartphones, the HTC One and a Samsung Galaxy and handed them to random people. “First impression, which phone would you want more?” I asked. Of 25 people I asked, 18 of them preferred the HTC One.The test was not scientific and user interaction was not substantial. It was more of a first-impression type of thing. Now, this is not a marketing pitch for HTC. It is merely an observation that goes to support a point: HTC makes very nice smartphones and it would be a shame if this manufacturer died – which could happen. HTC has posted six straight quarters of declining revenue. Its most recent quarter, it barely eked out an operating profit and the company’s leaders expect the next quarter to be worse. Unlike mid-level rivals BlackBerry and Nokia (whose fall from grace mirrors that of HTC), the Taiwanese manufacturer is not sitting on a large cash hoard. HTC’s two most recent phone launches, the One and the First (the “Facebook Phone”) show that it has the chops to rebuild its brand and market share. What Makes The HTC One Best Of BrandAesthetics: First, let’s move past the fact that the HTC One does not have a removable back or expandable memory slot. The One is built with a full metal body, 4.7-inch display with one of the best screens that has come out on a smartphone at 468 pixels-per-inch. At 143 grams (5.04 ounces) it is not the lightest smartphone on the market, but it is definitely sturdy. The weight, size and build were the reasons most-cited in the first-impression test when people held the One.Apple, Samsung and Nokia all make beautiful phones as well. HTC can definitely put the One up against any of its competitors ounce for ounce, inch for inch and say that it has one of the best looking phones on the market.Hardware: HTC has not always been a hardware leader. That title goes to Samsung and the specs from the forthcoming Galaxy S4 prove that yet again. But, HTC is no slouch. The battery is 2300 mAh, considerably bigger than the 1800 mAh the One X shipped with at this time last year. It still falls behind the impressive 2600 mAh of the S4 but the battery life of the One is good enough to last a full day of moderate to heavy use when Wi-Fi, GPS and LTE are all being employed by the user. The quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 keeps things moving along well on the One. The Snapdragon 600 is the same chip that the Galaxy S4 and LG Optimus G Pro will employ in the United States. The One has two front-facing speakers employing what it calls “BoomSound.” Boom indeed. The sound on the One reminds me of the portable stereo I used to have in the early 90s, but better. I do not recall ever having to turn down the volume on a smartphone when playing music through its speakers, but I had to with the One. Quality was not sacrificed either, as every note came through clearly. Now, while the sound is impressive, not many consumers tend to play music through their smartphone speakers, eschewing it for the comfort and privacy of ear buds.Sense Features: HTC has a new skin with the One – Sense 5.0. It has been difficult to quantify Sense among users over the years. Some love it, some hate it. If anything can be said about Sense 5.0 is that it generally stays out of the way of the user experience, with a couple notable exceptions. The first is “BlinkFeed” the built-in content feed that doubles as the home screen when you turn on the device. BlinkFeed aggregates from your Facebook newsfeed along with highlights from various publications of interest. It is kind of like having the Pulse News reading app as a home screen that updates itself. In and of itself, that is not a bad thing if you are a news junkie. Yet, BlinkFeed does not allow you to bring in customized feeds for publications not already in its network. For instance, if I want technology news, I can use the “tech highlights” setting or get feeds straight from The Verge or CNET. While quality publications, I prefer a more egalitarian set of choices for my news that I can control. You cannot remove BlinkFeed as one of the panels on your device. If you want to marginalize it, you can set a different panel as your home screen. Sense 5.0 only allows five panels, reducing real estate to pin apps and widgets to your device.Camera: When HTC announced that the One would have “ultrapixels” we basically scratched our heads and said, “ummm, what?” Ultrapixels is a marketing term and not a very good one at that. But how does the actual camera perform? Very well.Ultrapixels are supposed to allow more light into the aperture of the camera, creating clearer pictures, especially in low-light settings. We have found this to be true, as seen in the examples below. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
zoom The crude oil tanker segment composing of VLCC, suezmax and aframax ships, experienced a net-fleet growth of 7.3%, which is equal to 24.3 million dwt during the period from January 2014 to October 2016, according to BIMCO.The VLCC segment, with 20.7 million dwt or a net fleet growth rate of 11% took the lion’s share, followed by the suezmax segment with 4.4 million dwt or 5.5%. Whereas the aframax segment decreased by 0.8 million dwt or 1%, in relation to the fleet size of the specific ship segment.“The recent crude oil tanker fleet growth becomes increasingly troubling, and worsen the balance between supply and demand strongly, if demolition does not pick up,” BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst Peter Sand said.In the past two years, less than 2.3 million dwt of crude oil tanker capacity has been demolished, which in comparison to the 358 million dwt of the current crude oil tanker fleet is a vanishingly small proportion.However, BIMCO said that the demolition of the 1994-built VLCC Progress with 297,237 dwt by mid-October indicates a resumption of demolition activity for the crude oil tanker segment. Most recently in November 2016, another VLCC with 281,434 dwt was demolished, thus indicating a new trend in demolition activity.While newbuilt deliveries in the crude oil tanker segment doubled from 0.9 million dwt in January 2014 to 1.8 million dwt in October 2016, ship demolition ceased to exist during the period as the freight markets improved significantly, bringing profitability back to the industry.Demolition influencing factorsThe key factor influencing the low demolition levels was solid earnings throughout the year in 2015. The decrease of the BIMCO dirty tanker earnings by 51% from January 2016 – October 2016 however, might have a reverse effect on future demolition activity.Moreover, low bunker prices, which decreased from January 2014 – October 2016 by 53% or USD 301 per tonne, eased the pressure on fuel efficiency for the older ships.Furthermore, the ship demolition price decreased from Q1 2014 – Q3 2016 on a compounded quarterly rate for VLCCs by 4% as the price dropped from 19.4 million USD to 12.3 million USD for an average ship of 42,000 ldt.In correlation, current fleet age profiles, earnings, bunker prices and ship demolition value – are influencing demolition activity in the crude oil tanker segment.Steady increasing orderbookThe orderbook-to-fleet ratio of 16% in Q3 2016 provides evidence for future fleet growth. However, if the fleet in future expands by more than the growing need, it will contribute to an imbalance between supply and demand, therefore resulting in decreased earnings. This should trigger higher demolition activity in the crude oil tanker segment.“Decreased earnings of crude oil tankers since the start of 2016 is a clear sign of the mismatch between demand and supply. Something which is not fundamentally changed by the seasonal upswing in Q4-2016 as seen for VLCCs,” Peter Sand said.“In addition to freight market uncertainties, the enforcement of the ratified ballast water treatment legislation and the IMO global sulphur cap at 0.5% in 2020, will be a stimulus for demolition of inefficient ships and therefore could serve as a catalyst for an improving freight market,” he added.