RCMP have suspected EnCana Bomber in custody

first_imgThere have been six pipeline bombings in the Tomslake area since October 2008 targeting Calgary-based Encana. For a updated version of the story click here.RCMP members from E and K Divisions led by the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) are currently conducting a criminal code search warrant on a large rural property belonging to Wiebo Ludwig located near Hythe, Alberta to search for evidence relating to the Dawson Creek bombings.  Investigators have a search warrent authorized for five days. In a statement issued today by the  RCMP, Supt. Lloyd Plante, Assistant Criminal Operations Officer for the RCMP’s National Security Program in British Columbia, says  “We cannot say what we are looking for specifically, or what information led us to the location, but we have followed a trail of evidence that ultimately led to the execution of the search warrant.”- Advertisement -RCMP Spokesperson Tim Shields says a man in his 50s or 60s was taken into custody around 8 a.m. this morning on the farm about 25 kilometres east of the B.C.-Alberta boundary. About a dozen officers are now searching the property.The $1,000,000 reward being offered by EnCana has not been claimed.  Anyone with additional information is asked to call the dedicated tip line at 1-866-994-7473.Advertisement More information will be posted as it becomes available.For Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier’s reaction to this story, Click Here.last_img read more

DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF

first_imgBOMB ESCAPE: Dunlewey woman Anne Marie Foyen (nee McClafferty) escaped injury in the Oslo bomb outrage. “We thought the huge bang was a crane falling,” she said.PEEPING MARK: Mark Cairns, of Town Parks, Convoy has been given 60 hours community service after being caught peeping through the window of a man in the town at 3.10 in the morning. Mr Cairns apologised and said he was ‘wild drunk’.SPEEDING CURBED: The number of people being caught speeding in the county has plummeted since the introduction of GoSpeed camera vans, says Superintendent Kevin Brennan. FIRE PROBE: Gardai are investigating a fire at a house in Long Lane, Letterkenny. A mattress was set on fire in the incident at the unoccupied property.TOP JOB: Letterkenny businessman David Mackey is to head ip a new insurance group Q2 being set up by Sean Quinn, the former owner of Quinn Insurance.FANAD FISH: Fanad Fish Processing company Hannigan Fish has applied to the county council to erect new premises for processing lobster, mussel and crab at Kindrum.HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZZIE: Lizzie Maloney, from Ray, Manorcunningham celebrates her 100th birthday today – with a birthday bash at Archview Nursing Home at Bonagee. DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: July 28th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Donegal news in brieflast_img read more

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE NORTH WEST BREAST CANCER BALL

first_imgIT’S the gala event of next month – and there are still some tickets left!The unique North West Breast Cancer Ball takes place at the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday November 22.And all funds raised go to Breast Cancer Research Letterkenny General Hospital. The black tie formal event will be compered by Marty Friel and Miss Donegal Orlagh McGee – with music by the brilliant Kopy Kates and DJ Dermot Griffin.Tickets for this event are available at the Silver Tassie on 0749125619 or from Liberty Travel in Letterkenny on 0749188380.Please share this story if you are on Twitter or Facebook.And you can get more information on www.facebook.com/NorthWestBreastCancerCharityBall ORwww.twitter.com/NWBCBall TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE NORTH WEST BREAST CANCER BALL was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 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:donegalLiberty TravelNorth West Breast Cancer Charity Ballsilver tassielast_img read more

ATHLETICS: RESULTS AND PICTURES FROM THE FINN VALLEY AC OPEN MEETING

first_imgAn early season meet held Wednesday at Finn Valley attracted 15 clubs and proved a positive enough exercise despite the bitterly cold conditions.Some 300 plus athletes turned out, with the performance highlight being a Personal Best shot from John Kelly from the host club 16.16m and another Persona Best for Sara Moore, Omagh.The next athletics meet on the Valley track is the local area primary school challenge, an annual affair on May 15/16. RESULTS FROM FINN VALLEY A.C. OPEN TRACK AND FIELD MEETING – 25th April U8 Girls 60m Zara Burke, OlympianAbbie McGranaghan, Finn ValleyAbigail Temple Asokuh, Finn ValleyU9 Girls 60mBrenda Carr, Finn ValleyAloisha Cuskelly, LiffordCassie Donaghy, InishowenU8 Boys 60mRyan Galvin, Finn ValleyOran McMenamin, CranfordJordan Ryan, MilfordU9 Boys 60mOran McLoughlin, InishowenPaul Ryan, MilfordMichael McLoughlin, InishowenU10 Girls Ball ThrowZara Burke, Olympian, 18.28mEva Gallagher, Cranford, 15.67Lauren Hegarty, 13.32mU16 Girls Long JumpTara Leech, Sligo, 4.32mSusan O’Donaghue, Sliagh League, 4.20mShannon Bonner, Sliagh League, 4.13mOver 16 Girls Long JumpSarah Hannah Ward, Olympian, 3.80mOver 16 Boys Long Jump Brian Breslin, Lifford, 5.86mConall Mahon, Enniskillen, 5.41Bertram Barrett, Lifford, 5.02mU16 Boys Long JumpIan Brennan, Finn Valley, 5.21mFergus Cox, Inishowen, 4.47mAlan Porter, Lifford, 4.30mOver 16 Shot PuttJohn Kelly, Finn Valley, 16.16mBosco Reid, Finn Valley, 10.91mRyan Stewart, Finn Valley, 10.87mU10 Boys 60m FinalAlan Quigley, LiffordAdhran McLoughlin, InishowenSeamus Harley, InishowenU12 Girls 60m Final CiaraBonner, LetterkennyDanella Jansen, Finn ValleyAine Kerr, Finn ValleyU12 Boys 60m FinalOisin McElhinney, Finn ValleyPauric Harold, Finn ValleyShane McMonagle, Finn ValleyU14 Girls 80m FinalJanine Boyle, Finn ValleyMichaela Lyons, OlympianSommer Lecky, Finn ValleyU14 Boys 80m FinalEoin Kelly,  CranfordJoseph Doherty, LetterkennyThomas Mullen, LiffordU10 Boys Long JumpPeter Leech, Tireragh AC 3.52mDean Quigley, Lifford, 3.40mOran Sweeney, Finn Valley, 3.30mU12 Boys Long JumpDillon Woods, Finn Valley, 3.77mOisin McElhinney, Finn Valley, 3.75mRonan Gallagher, Cranford, 3.75mOver 16 Boys High JumpAdam Gallagher, Tirchonaill, 1.60mDominic Gallagher, Sliagh League, 1.55mOisin McDermott, Milford, 1.35mU16 Boys High JumpJames Clarke, Olympian, 1.45mC. O’Loughlin, Tir Chonaill, 1.35mOver 16 Girls High JumpBlaithnaid Patton, Finn Valley, 1.40mSimone Crawford, Finn Valley, 1.30mU16 Girls High JumpKaren Kelly, Finn Valley, 1.30mKathleen Craig, Lifford, 1.30mNicole Cuskelly, Lifford, 1.30mU16 Boys 80m Final Kevin Mc Gill, OlympianAlan Porter, LiffordGraham Kerry, SligoOver 16 Men 100mJordan Hylton, Lagan ValleyMartin O’Donnell, OlympianDaniel Borgan, Tirchonaill.U16 Girls 100mStacey Kerr, SligoPauline Kelly, CranfordChristina Logue, OlympianWalkOrla Delahunt, SligoRobbie Kelly, SligoNiamh Murphy, Finn ValleyAoife McLaughlin, Finn Valley,Ciara Phelan, Finn ValleyEmer McCauley, Finn  ValleyOver 16 Girls 300mEmily Burns, SligoStacey Kerr, SligoOlivia Webb, OlympianOver 16 Boys 300mKieran Elliott, SligoZak Irwin, SligoShaun Woods, Finn ValleyU12 Boys High JumpOisin McElhinney, Finn Valley, 1.20mAlex McGeehin, Finn Valley, 1.20mU10 Girls Long JumpCaoimhe Thompson, Finn Valley, 2.85mCharlene Patton, Finn Valley, 2.68mAoife Giles, Cranford, 2.68mU14 Boys Long JumpDillon Kearns, Killybegs, 4.46mEoin Kelly, Cranford, 4.32mAlan McGinley, Lifford, 4.16mU12 Girls Shot PuttAoife Doherty, Finn Valley, 5.59mMegan Moss, Finn Valley, 5.48mNiamh Murphy, Finn Valley, 5.45mU12 Boys Shot PuttCharlie Worth, Letterkenny, 7.79mMark McElhinney, Finn Valley, 7.17mRory O’Donnell, Milford, 6.16mU14 Girls Shot PuttNaoimh McGranaghan, Finn Valley, 10.74mEadaoin O’Raw, Inishowen, 8.29mAlton Murphy, Letterkenny, 7.70mU14 Boys Shot PuttJames Kelly, Finn Valley, 11.37mJoshua Fullton, Letterkenny, 7.86mJames Sweeney, Letterkenny, 6.96mU16 Girls Shot PuttMolly Donovan, Sliabh League, 8.15mEmer McNern, Sliabh League, 7.81mSarah Conroy, Sliabh League, 7.15mU16 Boys, Shot PuttMark Hegarty, Tir Chonaill, 10.78mGavin McLaughlin, Finn Valley, 10.57m3000m MixedJames Speight, 9.21Gerard Gallagher, 9.24Mark Bonner, 9.42James Geough, Sligo, 9.58Duayne Long, 11.32Andy Scanlon, 11.50Martin Anderson, 12.40Charmaine O’Brien, 12.52Sean McMenamin, 13.36Mary Speight, 13.36Sharon Hamilton, 14.30Bernie Maguire, 15.53Keran McHale, 16.01Colleen O’Brien, 18.31U12 Girls Long JumpAine Kerr, Finn Valley, 3.60mKate Smith, Lifford, 3.58mClare Doherty, Letterkenny, 3.38mU14 Girls JavelinNaoimh McGranaghan, Finn Valley, 26.88mSinead Doherty, Finn Valley, 8.82mNiamh Doherty, 7.76mU14 Boys JavelinGareth Crawford, Strabane, 33.04mDylan Kearns, Killybegs, 23.09mCharlie Worth, Letterkenny, 20.78mU16 Girls JavelinHolly Donavon, Sliabh League, 15.80mEmer McNern, , Sliabh League, 10.40mSarah Connolly, Sliabh League, 10.06mU16 Boys JavelinDarryl Crawford, Strabane, 36.51mFergus Cox, Inishowen, 35.01mAlan Porter, Lifford, 34.50mU12 Girls Ball ThrowUna Cox, Inishowen, 25.61mJennifer Sanches, Finn Valley, 21.90mDanielle Johnson, Finn Valley, 21.72mU12 Boys Ball ThrowCharlie Worth, Letterkenny. 36.80mSean Martin, Letterkenny, 33.87mMartin McElhinney, Finn Valley, 33.41mU10 Boys Ball ThrowKillian Browne, Cranford, 28.20mJamie Lecky, Finn Valley, 26.80mPeter Leech, Sligo, 26.34mU14 Boys 800mArron McGlynn, Finn ValleyBrian McNamee, Finn ValleyEoin Kelly, CranfordU16 Boys 800mOisin Gallen, Finn ValleyMark Hegarty, Tir ChonaillConor Edwards, OlympianOver 16 800mMark McGuinness, Tir ChonaillDean Toland, Finn ValleyChristopher Murray, Finn ValleyOver 16 Girls 800mSara Moore, Omagh HarriersU16 Girls 800mCaitlinn McGonagle, SligoU10 Girls 500mCorrie Doherty, InishowenAndrea Browne, Finn ValleyCara McConnell, Finn ValleyU10 Boys 500mMichael McLaughlin, InishowenDean Quigley, LiffordSeamus Harley, InishowenU12 Girls 600mAoife Morris, SligoZoe Kelly, Finn ValleyU12 Boys 600mJack Gillespie, Finn ValleyShane McMonagle, Finn ValleyKeith McColgan, Finn ValleyU14 Girls 800mSaoirse Callaghan, LetterkennyAisling Altan Murphy, LetterkennyMichaela Lyons, OlympianU16 Girls 800mDenise McLaughlin, Finn ValleyEve Travers, Tir ChonaillCaitlin Travers, Tir ChonaillOver 16 JavelinMark Doherty, Lifford, 37.12mJeremy Worth, Letterkenny, 30.94mBertram Barrett, Lifford, 26.03mU14 Boys High JumpConal Lynch, Lifford, 1.40mThomas Mullan, Lifford, 1.25m       )JointAaron McGlynn, Finn Valley 1.25m)Alan McGinley, Lifford, 1.25m        )Brandon Connolly, Lifford, 1.25m    )U14 Girls High JumpShannon Craig, Lifford, 1.30mOrla Coughlan, Tir Chonaill, 1.20mShauna McFadden, Letterkenny. 1.15mU14 Girls Long JumpJanine Boyle, Finn Valley, 4.52mNiamh Doherty, Finn Valley, 3.88mSommer Lecky, Finn Valley, 3.82mATHLETICS: RESULTS AND PICTURES FROM THE FINN VALLEY AC OPEN MEETING was last modified: April 26th, 2012 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:ATHLETICS: RESULTS AND PICTURES 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LARGE CROWD EXPECTED TO ATTEND INFORMATION EVENT ON ‘LIVING WITH DEMENTIA’

first_imgA HUGE crowd is expected to attend a unique event in which specialist speakers will address mental health issues as part of a ‘Carer’s information event. The event which is called ‘Promoting Positive Mental Health and Living Well with Dementia’ which has been organised by the HSE and they expect a huge crowd to attend the event.There is a superb line-up of guest speakers attending the event which is being held at The Mount Errigal Hotel next Wednesday 20th of May. Guest speakers include:GP Dr Sheeran – Promoting Positive Mental Health in the CommunityCNS Grace Kelly – Enhancing Carer’s Understanding & Response in Dementia CareMs Caroline O’Boyle, Solicitor – Legal Guidance in Planning for the FutureA Carer’s Personal JourneyQuestion & Answer Session – Chaired by Dr. Tom McBride, Consultant Psychiatrist for Older PeopleDate: 20th May 2015Venue: Mount Errigal Hotel, LetterkennyTime: 6.30 – 9.30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm) Refreshments will be served.The evening is funded by proceeds from Kildarragh Fair 2013For Further information Contact:-Grace Kelly or Anna Carr at 074 91 88295 LARGE CROWD EXPECTED TO ATTEND INFORMATION EVENT ON ‘LIVING WITH DEMENTIA’ was last modified: May 14th, 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:FeatureshealthHSEnewslast_img read more

Uganda Premier League clubs to get 5 Million each from FUFA

first_imgFollowing a FUFA Emergency Committee sitting earlier this week, a resolution was passed under which FUFA will extend funding to Member Associations and Clubs.The Association has in turn issued guidelines on the allocation of financial support for its 33 Members for the year 2018.The source of funding is the FIFA Forward Programme under a project code named FUFA Members’ Enhancement Project.In a circular issued by the FUFA Chief Executive on Tuesday 7th August 2018, guidelines were included in the communication;  Regional Football Associations (RFAs)Each Regional Football Association (RFA) shall receive financial support of Shs. 25,000,000/= for the year 2018.RFAs that register a women Regional football League (at least 5 teams) shall receive extra funding of Shs. 5,000,000/= allocated for women football expenditure.Eligible District Football Associations (DFAs) that are active Members of the Regions shall receive a total of Shs. 500,000/= for the year 2018.Special Interest Groups (SIGs)The Uganda Football Players’ Association (UFPA), Uganda Youth Football Association (UYFA), Uganda Women Football Association (UWFA), Uganda Football Coaches Association (UFCA), Uganda Football Referees Association (UFRA), Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA) and Uganda Schools Football Association (USFA) shall be eligible to funding of 10,000,000/= to each association.FUFA Member Clubs (1st Division Clubs-Uganda Premier League)FUFA Member Clubs shall be eligible to Shs. 5,000,000/=.Only clubs that have received a club License to play in the 2018-2019 season shall be eligible for the financial support.Comments Tags: FUFAlast_img read more

Weather warning issued as Donegal bakes under toasty temperatures

first_imgIreland has been baking under holiday temperatures with highs of 26 degrees today – but rain is on the way. The current heat is expected to give way to heavy thundery downpours on Friday. A Yellow Weather Warning was issued nationwide by Met Eireann for Friday 8th June from 12noon to 9pm.High intensity rainfall over short periods of time could lead to localised spot flooding, forecasters warn. The western half of the country and the midlands will be most at risk at present. There is a chance of isolated thundery showers in Ulster this Thursday evening also. A warm night is in store, with highs of 10-14 degrees.Friday will be a hot and sunny morning (Highs of 18 to 22 degrees) before the forecasted thunderstorms.The long-term outlook is for a dry and very warm weekend, with a higher likelihood of heavy showers.  Weather warning issued as Donegal bakes under toasty temperatures was last modified: June 7th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

The SABR provides breast milk to babies in need

first_imgHuman milk banking, like wet nursing, has been around for years. But in modern times with the rise of HIV, precautions are necessary. The South African Breastmilk Reserve allows babies to be fed with breast milk when their mothers are unable to do so. It helps to reduce the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission, and other infections in premature babies. Stasha Jordan started the South African Breastmilk Reserve to ensure infants born to HIV-positive mothers can be fed breast milk. The bank also helps other infants in need. (Image: Priya Pitamber)• Active citizenship in South Africa at a healthy level• Research backs up South Africa’s good story• Sandton goes car-free for a month• South Africa’s women in politics• Social enterprises set up to change lives Priya PitamberFollowing the birth of her first child, coupled with research for her Masters in public policy and policy guidelines on the feeding of babies born to HIV-positive mothers, Stasha Jordan was inspired to create the South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR).“We saw that mixed feeding – formula and breast milk – could increase the escalation of infection,” she said. “A human milk bank works better. It prevents the mixed feeding of HIV-exposed infants.”She said she found the opportunity to make a difference for humanity.This is in line with South Africa’s health goals as set out in the National Development Plan of reducing maternal, infant and child mortality from 56 to below 30 per 1 000 live births, and reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission to zero by 2030.How human milk banking worksHealthy mothers are encouraged to voluntarily donate breast milk. The donated milk is then pasteurised. In Johannesburg, it is kept in nine deep freezer units at the SABR offices at Media Mills. So far, 44 human milk banks have been set up at hospitals across the country.“In South Africa, where so many women are HIV-positive, sourcing donor mothers has even more importance than in the western world,” states the SABR website.“Without breast milk during their first two weeks of life, premature infants (especially those with a low birth weight) are left wanting for antibodies and are vulnerable to infections and diseases that result in hundreds of deaths annually.”Ruzelle Enslin, a 28-year-old human resources and payroll administrator, started donating breast milk in March this year. She said her 15-month-old son no longer drank expressed milk, so she wanted to donate it. “Other babies can benefit,” she explained.She now donates two to three litres every second week. “I put a donor number on the bottle and the date. The courier picks it up,” Enslin said. “I’ll continue to do it for as long as possible.”Some breast milk is collected at the donors, says SABR, “other times we might need you to meet us half way or pop into a milk bank or collection corner”.There is no monetary gain for donors. “Two-thirds of the breast milk received by Netcare hospitals is donated to state facilities,” reads the website. “Public patients receive the milk free of charge while private patients pay R250 per week of feeding.”Benefits of breast milkHuman milk banking has other advantages for babies other than reducing the exposure to HIV. It helps premature babies get the nutrition they need to grow, and helps to reduce the risk of infections of the gut.An SABR breast milk bank was set up at Cecelia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane in Eastern Cape in November 2014 by nursing sister Nobathembu Mafanya and registered dietician Kim Venter. “Feeding artificial milk to premature and low birth weight infants increases their risk for developing life threatening intestinal diseases like necrotising enterocolitis (NEC),” said Venter. “It can be avoided if a baby receives breast milk.”Feeding artificial milk to premature infants is directly associated with NEC, an infection of the intestine, says the SABR. NEC results in infant mortality rates exceeding 80%. Breastfeeding has benefits for mothers and their babies. Click on the image for a larger view. (Image: SABR)Quasim Aham, 34, used the SABR service because his baby was born at 33 weeks and his wife had an infection in her blood. She was unable to breastfeed their newborn.The Ahams used breast milk donated by his niece. “It’s been very beneficial,” he said.Posted by South-African Breastmilk Reserve on Monday, October 12, 2015Challenges and rewardsSince the SABR was formally registered in 2005, Jordan said it had had its fair share of challenges and highlights. “It’s a non-profit organisation so a challenge is to find funding,” she explained. “We also had to establish a new industry – human milk banking – and find a market for it.”But she had noticed it had had a growing impact. “The SABR runs 44 milk banks across the country and is expanding fast: last year it fed 1 689 babies, while this year it got to more than 2 800,” noted British newspaper The Guardian. The SABR has expanded its footprint and has increased the numbers of hospitals it services. (Image: SABR)“We have touched the lives of infants,” concluded Jordan.If you are interested in becoming a donor, or are in need of its services, see the SABR website.last_img read more

Big Memory: An Interview with Terracotta CEO Amit Pandey

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market I did an interview this morning with Terracotta CEO Amit Pandey about the fascinating new dimensions of in-memory data and its use for search. How excited I was when I learned that the public relations person had been transcribing the interview. It felt like a Mad Men moment!It turned out well enough to include in its entirety. Pandley covers the fast evolving world of big memory. The term is catchy isn’t it? Amit certainly gives a pitch here but we should expect that in a format like this. The interview is insightful in it shows how fast data can now be accessed and what it means for the new world of real-time intelligence.Alex Williams: So tell me what you’re seeing in the market these days?Amit Pandey: Our most interesting thing is — I had briefed you on BigMemory, right? It has surpassed our expectations, which were high, in terms of how useful it is and how many people want it. Everything from the name itself, which stirs customer imaginations–the choice of name was quite good because it resonates with people’s desire to use more memory. You’re getting servers that are much larger with more memory. Most CIO offices feel an imperative to make data more accessible in real-time. Most people know that really the only way to do that is put it in-memory, where the applications can reach it very quickly. The name grabs people’s imaginations, they dig in and find it is what they thought it was, and they start doing proof of concepts and we go from there. What we’ve seen is that with this product, with BigMemory, we have much more data on its performance now, and we’re able to do generally about 4-10x the level of density of other products and even compared to our own older, non-BigMemory products, in terms of how much hardware and how many servers it takes to achieve the level of in-memory data that customers want.I’ll give you an example. There’s a large bank that had its data distributed across 30 servers to achieve the amount on in-memory data they need. With BigMemory, they were able to bring it down to two servers. That was a huge win for them because the cost of administration suddenly dropped. The complexity of running 30 servers isn’t even comparable to the complexity of running two.Williams Okay, so that’s an example of that 4-10x density?Pandey: Yeah. In this case it was a 15x increase. But theoretically it’s possible to do that use case on one server. We did tests with Cisco’s UCS server and we’ve been able to run 350 gig on a single UCS server. That’s bigger than a lot of people’s entire database. In the past, I would say 6-8 gigs per application instance was about the most you could do.Williams: You said that’s bigger than most people’s database?Pandey: 350 gigs? Sure. There are databases that go into terabytes and petabytes, but I would say the average database is probably around that size or smaller. So because in one instance of an application we can get that kind of in-memory storage, it’s a huge win. We’re seeing that’s very exciting to people because it simplifies their architecture and makes it a lot more elegant. I think you remember the reason for the 6-8 gigabyte limit was that the Java memory manager is very poor at handling bigger sizes, and BigMemory by-passes that. So that’s just a quick recap.In general, the whole concept of doing things in-memory and in real-time is big on everyone’s agenda–real-time analysis, etc. The natural step for us was if we can put this much data in memory, people will want to do things with it. They’ll want to do searches and queries of that data to find out what their customers are doing, what their customers need, and so forth, so real-time analysis of that data is critical. We’re releasing a native search capability for Ehcache which basically lets you search as much memory as you would need.Here’s an example of the kinds of searches customers are doing: we have a SaaS customer that does logistics for fast food restaurants. Normally, they run reports against a database–there are two issues with that. One is that they were not getting real-time data because they would batch stuff and write it back to the database and run their reports on a four hour basis or at the end of the day. What customers really need is to find out at any given moment how many hamburger buns they have in inventory and how many have been used up so they know where they are and can do real-time management and lower costs and make sure they don’t run out, etc.To do that against the database was very slow because it meant going across the network to the disk. It also meant the database was very overloaded and it meant spending tons of money expanding the database to get this done. To work against the database was taking them about 35-40 seconds to do some of these reports. But BigMemory with Search dropped their times from 35-40 seconds down to less than half a second. Williams: So what were they were they trying to understand?Pandey: Search was for inventory items like hamburger buns or other food items, and they were trying to figure out in real-time how much has been used right now and how much is left. They needed real-time analysis of data and doing real-time analysis on a database was both very slow and very expensive. Williams: So instead of having to do that against a database, they can now use in-memory to do that a lot more efficiently?Pandey: Exactly, because the data is right there. You don’t need to make a round trip to go across the network to the database. The cost is a lot lower because they’d have to buy a lot more database licenses to achieve the speeds they need.Williams: It’s interesting how that can affect the supply chain, too.Pandley: Sure, it can. Their customers won’t tolerate those kinds of search speeds. So the logistics company was looking for another solution. Without BigMemory, this company would probably have had to spend a lot of money upgrading to a really expensive solution like Oracle Exadata or something like that.Williams: Where is this all going? Pandey: Our customers use it for all kinds of things: we have travel reservation systems running on Ehcache, websites, online gaming systems, back-end medical patient records. In any places where you need to do a quick search and query of what your customers are doing in real-time, you can do that. You could do a search and say, how many people are currently logged in and playing my game who are 25 years old and live in Oklahoma, because I want to do a promotion in Oklahoma for those people right now. You can do that with a database, but it would be very slow and very expensive. With in-memory data you can do that really fast, and target those people quickly.One thing I do want to make clear, Alex: we’re not saying we are replacing analytics in the database. We’re not providing all the heavyweight reporting capabilities that business intelligence tools offer today for databases and we’re not doing all the analytics. But what we are providing is a very simple, powerful, lightweight search where you can do real-time analysis of customer behavior and things like that. Over time we’ll make it a richer reporting set.We’re working with BI and other vendors to provide hooks so that they can run their stuff against ours. It will become richer over time. So right now, we provide a simple lightweight thing that’s extremely useful for real-time analysis but you couldn’t really say it’s a business analytics tool yet because those have been developed over the years and the term “analytics” is loaded. We’re very careful to use the term “real-time analysis”. Over time, in the next 3 to 5 years, I see this getting richer. You’re already seeing all these companies (SAP, etc) talking about merging analytical and transactional together in one architecture. What we are doing is essentially that, we’re taking baby steps toward that.Williams: With tablets available, you can see this data visually, that has an added impact.Pandey: Yeah. The great thing is if you put search capability in the application, it’s sort of independent of the platform that uses it–it could be a phone, tablet, etc. Your platform can be leveraged by any of these devices. Obviously, mobile devices would be a big part of that.Williams: Thanks for your time!(Photo: Amit Pandey, CEO, Terracotta) alex williams Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Bats change their tune to cope with human noise pollution

first_imgBats “see” their world through sound. So what do they do in the fog of noise created by humans? It appears some seek out quieter spots and change their calls. Scientists trying to decipher how bats cope with the racket of modernity went to natural gas fields in northern New Mexico. Some wells are equipped with compressors that create a constant din, while other wells are quieter. During 2 months of listening for the calls that bats use to locate prey, researchers found that Brazilian free-tailed bats spent 40% less time near compressors. These bats also altered their cries to a narrower acoustic range near the machinery. Bats with higher pitched calls more distinct from the compressors didn’t show changes. The study, published online this month in Global Ecology and Conservation, is the first to document bats in the wild changing behavior around human noise. It follows laboratory research that sounds of machinery hurt the performance of a bat species that hunts by listening for insects moving on the ground. The results raise the possibility that noise pollution is hurting some bats by depriving them of habitat or impairing hunting. Compressor noise in the study area covers 356 square kilometers of land where the free-tailed bats live, according to the study.*Correction, 17 November, 11:12 a.m.: This item originally stated that compressor noise covers 356 square kilometers of land in places where the free-tailed bats live. The 356 square kilometers is actually the portion of the San Juan Basin (the location of the study) where the bats could be affected by compressor noise. The item has been corrected to reflect this.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more