Alison Dolan has launched an appeal with us after misplacing her engagement ring. Alison, from Ballyshannon, explained that the ring went missing at the end of July. She had been in Letterkenny that day, but also in Ballyshannon. She didn’t notice it was missing until that evening.The picture above is not the exact ring, but it is very similar. Alison’s one is also a cluster ring, with about twelve tiny diamonds embedded with two gold arms at either side. Alison said, “it’s long gone I would say, but anything is worth a shot”.If you have come across a ring that matches this description please don’t hesitate to message Donegal Daily on Facebook or you can email [email protected] you seen this missing ring? was last modified: August 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Ballyshannonfound ringletterkennymissing ring
Craig Calfee demonstrates one of thebamboo bikes in a Kenyan village. Local Kenyans inspect a bamboo bike.Images: Bamboo Bike ProjectJanine ErasmusThe bicycle is the most available and reliable type of transport in many parts of Africa, used for everything from moving house to taking the sick to hospital. The Bamboo Bike Project aims to help more people become mobile, using bikes built, as its name suggests, from bamboo – an abundant and sustainable resource. In the process it will stimulate a bike-building industry, generating income and boosting local economies.Craig Calfee of Calfee Design, a California-based company that makes hi-tech racing and mountain bikes for professional cyclists, came up with the idea of the bamboo bike when he visited Africa in 1984. Most people in the areas he visited relied on bicycles to get around, because they were the most practical and affordable mode of transport, given the state of the roads and the limited income of most households.The bicycles used were imported and designed for well-paved, smooth roads – rare in rural Africa. And Calfee saw that neither bicycles nor roads were in sufficient supply.An abundance of bambooCalfee also noticed that bamboo, a member of the grass family, grew prolifically in equatorial Africa. Bamboo is both flexible and extremely strong, and Calfee, who always uses innovative materials for his bike frames, though it would be ideal for bike construction.According to the expert bike-builder, a bamboo frame is similar to an aluminium one in both stiffness and weight. Bamboo’s vibration-damping characteristics are closer to carbon fibre, but it absorbs a lot more vibration from an uneven road.And if people were taught to build the bicycles locally there would be great potential for employment, not only from a thriving bike-building industry but because transport in developing countries often helps create employment. With goods moving more easily from source to vendor, regional trade would be opened up.The raw material would be freely available and wouldn’t need industrialisation for its exploitation, so non-industrialised communities would benefit too. Only a few parts would need to be imported – Calfee estimated that a container with a capacity for 500 complete bicycles could hold parts for 2 000. The bamboo frame construction and final assembly would be done locally.One benefit was that a supply of electricity and availability of power tools would not be needed, although access to power would speed up the rate of production. Otherwise all that was required were hand tools and a quantity of resin and sisal fibre.Setting the wheels in motionIn 1996 Calfee put posted a small item on his cycle website asking for interested parties to contact him. The first to respond was David Ho of the Earth Institute, a non-profit organisation, based at New York’s Columbia University, which promotes sustainable development in developing countries,Ho, himself a cyclist, was instrumental in arranging a grant for a feasibility study in Africa in mid-2007.The study was conducted in Accra, Ghana, where bicycles are in extensive use – doctors, for example, use them to distribute medicine. The local population was keen to try out the single prototype cycle that the bamboo bike team brought with them. Training sessions were conducted in manufacturing techniques, and the locals picked up the necessary skills easily. The project was going well.Bicycles for the new millenniumHaving studied transport problems in poor rural areas such as western Kenya, the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development recommends bikes as a solution.Ho said a particular focus of the project would be the special needs of women, who are often the backbone of the community: tending crops, taking care of chores, family life, and finances – and needing transport.“The bicycle is very important for the lives of poorer rural communities,” said John Mutter, deputy director of the Earth Institute, “Our purpose here is to try to stimulate the idea of building bicycles from a native product, bamboo. The idea is both that we can build a better bicycle than what’s available here now and importantly it can be built locally out of local products.”The Earth Institute plans to introduce the bamboo bicycles in their Millennium Villages in Africa to test their effectiveness in the field in a controlled environment. The Millennium Villages project uses scientific advances to work with rural African communities help them lift themselves out of extreme poverty, using agriculture, health, education and infrastructure.The project falls under the Millennium Development Goals, an initiative spearheaded by the UN to reduce poverty and improve the lives of millions of people in developing nations by 2015.“These bikes can be built in Africa, for Africans, by Africans and hence can become the kernel of an African bike building industry that will satisfy local needs with local products,” Mutter said.The team is now fine-tuning the manufacturing process and identifying the village in which the bikes will be introduced. “For the initial project, we might use Sauri, Kenya, as our rural bamboo bike trial location,” said Calfee. “Starting the rural trial in the Millennium Villages will facilitate, or at least alleviate, some of the administrative and organisational challenges associated with implementing bamboo bikes in rural Africa.”The wonder plantBamboo’s natural properties are impressive – because it absorbs water faster than most plants it is used in some parts of the world for cleaning sewage. It absorbs toxic heavy metals and could be used to clear polluted waters. Some species of bamboo absorb as much 12 tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide per hectare, making them a good weapon in the fight against global warming. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the natural world – some species grow by up to a metre in a single day. Bamboo shoots, rich in vitamins and low in fats and carbohydrates, are food for millions of people around the world.Bamboo poles are the strongest and lightest natural material known to humankind. They can be used in construction to replace both hardwood and softwood. The plant matures in just three years and can be harvested every two years thereafter, so its use in the bike project sustainable as it replenishes quickly.In Africa, the World Agroforestry Centre is promoting the increased use of bamboo for other purposes, through a pilot project in Kenya and Tanzania, partnered by the Kenya Forestry Research Institute and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. To this end it has introduced the giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus giganteus) into selected pilot sites in Kenya and Tanzania. The fast-growing bamboo plantations will also supplement the region’s over-exploited timber forests, which are struggling to keep up with demand for building timber, fuel for boilers, and material for paper-making.Useful linksBamboo Bike ProjectThe Earth Institute at Columbia UniversityMillennium VillagesMillennium Development GoalsInternational Forum for Rural Transport and DevelopmentWorld Agroforestry CentreKenya Forestry Research InstituteJomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Related Posts Tags:#Android#Samsung Samsung’s NooseThe breadth of Samsung’s offerings is choking the rest of the Android manufacturer ecosystem. Samsung controls 47% of the total Android ecosystem, according to Localytics. Essentially, Samsung is taking all the market share and profits while would-be competitors like HTC, LG and Motorola battle for scraps. Earning reports bear this out. HTC announced earnings on Monday and was down to $2.03 billion for Q4 2012, a paltry sum compared to Samsung and Apple. Google is raking in about $1 billion a quarter from Motorola. The Droid Razr was the only non-Samsung smartphone to break the top 10.The squeeze from Samsung will eventually force Android competitors (and non-Android players like BlackBerry and Nokia) to a breaking point. Manufacturers can only go so long with slim sales and profit margins before they have to abandon pursuit of smartphone market share. This will hit mobile-only companies, like HTC and Motorola, especially hard – while a company like LG can hold out longer against Samsung with its more diverse product base that includes other electronics like televisions. Amazon is a misnomer in this equation. The e-commerce king sells its Fire series essentially at cost, hoping to make profits from its growing ecosystem of content and apps. Amazon can afford to be patient as it attempts to grow market share with its tablets while awaiting the time when it could possibly release its own series of Amazon-branded Android smartphones. Apple’s MotivationsLooking at the top 10 list of Android devices, the motivations for Apple’s global campaign against Samsung in patent courts becomes clear. Samsung’s long tail of devices is extremely valuable to the company, represented here with strong numbers for the Galaxy S II, original Note, Galaxy Ace, Y and Epic 4G.When Apple won its $1.05 billion patent award against Samsung in a California court in the summer of 2012, it requested injunctions against eight Samsung devices, including the S II. Apple, which never has more than three iPhones on the market at varying prices, knows that Samsung’s long tail has the potential to strangle its own sales as well. Anything that Cupertino can do to keep devices like the Galaxy S II off the market is theoretically good for its bottom line. dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … We all know that Samsung is the dominant player in among Android smartphone makers. Just how dominant is the Korean smartphone maker? According to data from mobile analytics firm Localytics, eight of the top 10 Android devices in the wild belong to Samsung. The top two devices in circulation are Samsung’s last two flagship devices, the Galaxy S III and its predecessor the S II. Between the two, the S series has 17.4% of Android phones in actual users’ hands. The Galaxy Ace is third with 3% while the Note and Note II – the original “phablets” – are next at 2.6% and 2%, respectively. The first tablet… real tablet… on the list is the Kindle Fire, with 1.7% of Android devices. The Fire is closely followed by the Galaxy Tab with 1.4% of market share. It is interesting to note that Google Nexus 7 does not show up in Localytics data for top 10 Android devices, considering that it constitutes 8% of Android tablets in the United States, right behind 9% for the Galaxy Tab. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
The good ol’ standbys did their share of dazzling, too.Klay Thompson scored 28 points with six 3-pointers, Stephen Curry had 22 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, and the Warriors beat the Timberwolves 125-101 for their fifth straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEven without injured KD, the defending champs began to look like their dominant selves behind another strong defensive performance.“Five guys helping and communicating, talking, it was a thing of beauty tonight,” Curry said of the defense. Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, drives the ball up court around Draymond Green (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr will never wish for a star player to sit injured as Kevin Durant did against Minnesota on Wednesday night.The Golden State coach sure saw a lot of encouraging signs from many in his supporting cast to pick up the slack with the NBA Finals MVP nursing a bruised left thigh.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES It’s the first time the teams faced off each atop their respective divisions. Only three times previously had they played both with records of .500 or above.“We got humbled tonight,” Minnesota’s Taj Gibson said. “That’s the kind of level we want to get to, the way they’re playing over there.”Thompson shot 11 for 20 overall and 6 of 12 from long range. Omri Casspi added 13 points, three blocks and two steals.Golden State had to overcome another cold start on offense, shooting 8 for 22 in the first quarter — 4 of10 on 3s. Two days earlier in a win against Miami, the Warriors shot 36.8 percent and 11 of 32 from beyond the arc.CAUTION WITH DURANTDurant categorized his injury as “nothing too serious.” He said he hurt the quadriceps muscle the first play of the game against the Heat on Monday.“If this were a playoff game, he’d be playing, but it’s not, so it makes perfect sense to give him tonight off,” Kerr said. “We have a couple more nights before our next game. He should be fine I would think by then.”KD hopes to play Saturday against the 76ers.“Probably, we’ll see,” he said.ATTLES RETURNS Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Warriors great Al Attles returned to Oracle Arena one day after his 81st birthday and the entire arena sang “Happy Birthday” during the second quarter as Attles waved and smiled. A former player, coach and general manager of the team — he was part of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game — he had missed a night honoring him Oct. 27.FUNNY MOMENTWhen Kerr announced pregame that Iguodala would replace Durant, he stopped and instructed everyone they could tweet out the news before he resumed the media session.“Is everybody ready to tweet?” he said.Then, he began clipping his fingernails and said the media could let him know when ready to proceed.“Hang on, I’ve got a troublesome cuticle,” he quipped.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Minnesota missed all eight of its 3-pointers in the opening period and its first 11 overall before Nemanja Bjelica hit the Timberwolves’ first make from deep at the 7:24 mark of the second quarter. … The T-Wolves lost a third straight and 17th in 22 on Golden State’s home floor.Warriors: Golden State had its fourth 40-point quarter of the season. … The Warriors blocked nine shots, their 11th time in 12 games with at least seven swats. … Six different bench players scored at least six points, Nick Young with 12 and David West 10. … Young had five assists and four steals. … Golden State had 37 assists.UP NEXTTimberwolves: At Phoenix on Saturday night.Warriors: Look to beat Philadelphia for a ninth straight time overall and sixth in a row at home Saturday night. 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Tagalog NPA MOST READ Draymond Green posted another balanced effort with seven points, six rebounds, six assists and two blocks for the Warriors, who played without NBA Finals MVP Durant as he nursed a bruised left thigh.Andre Iguodala started in place of Durant, and the 2015 Finals MVP scored a season-high 11 points. The Warriors notched a season-best quarter with 44 points in the third to pull away after leading 51-50 at halftime.“I actually kind of like these games when we have to sit somebody,” Kerr said. “We have so much talent, we can afford to miss one of our main guys. It’s good for the team, it’s good for morale, it’s good for individual development, and it forces the group to play together when you’re missing one of your main guys.”Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Timberwolves had their five-game winning streak snapped.This marked the first regular-season matchup between the teams after they played a pair of exhibition games in China last month.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments
Liverpool striker Brewster: Sturridge departure helps meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Rhian Brewster admits he feels he has a better first team chance with Daniel Sturridge’s departure.Sturridge left Anfield for Trabzonspor this summer after his contract expired, leaving the Reds a striker short.Klopp opted against signing a replacement, and Brewster sees this as an obvious boost to his chances and proof his opportunity is around the corner.”One less striker gives you more opportunity to break into the first team, so of course, Sturridge going there is more opportunity for me to play,” he told the Mirror.”You look at every single signing and Klopp not signing another striker, it seems he has faith in me to do a job as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sampdoria hero Vialli sorry over failed takeover bidby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria hero Gianluca Vialli has spoken of his group’s failed takeover bid.Vialli’s consortium confirmed earlier in the week that they could not agree a price with Samp president Massimo Ferrero.“The reason is very simple, we didn’t agree a price with Ferrero,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s no-one’s fault. Ferrero set a price and it wasn’t possible to find a meeting point.“We regret that this thing became public and, in some way, affected the morale and results of the team, but we have a clear conscience: in the last 13 months we’ve only made two official announcements, and this is the first time I’ve talked about it personally.“I’m sorry because, apart from the time and energy I’ve invested, I was convinced that I could do a good job with the people already working at the club who, at present, aren’t getting the credit they deserve.“I would’ve worked with passion, courage and humility to represent the people connected to Sampdoria in the best way.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 28: P.J. Williams #26 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates his interception with Jalen Ramsey #13 against the Boston College Eagles in the second half at Alumni Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)Jordan Brand may have started on the hardwood but the company has inked an impressive lineup of NFL players in recent years. Two players who will hear their names called tonight just became the latest to join the Jordan family. Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey, a potential top-five pick, and Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman have signed with Jordan. Their arrival was announced with this very cool hype video.Jalen Ramsey and Corey Coleman were grinding all season. Now, they join the @jumpman23 family. #WEAREJORDAN https://t.co/BAihKNGQvl— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 28, 2016Other Jordan NFL players have included Andre Johnson, Dez Bryant, Charles Woodson, Dwight Freeney and others.
Neymar boasted his dazzling skills to new heights on Saturday’s Ligue 1 match against AngersThe Brazilian forward has now returned to club duty and is looking to move on from a poor World Cup campaign.Instead of leading Brazil to a sixth World Cup, Neymar’s time at Russia was mostly spent lying on the ground.Fans even invented amusing games called the “Neymar Challenge” and “Neymar Alphabet” after his antics.The 26-year-old also came under scrutiny last year for joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in a deal worth €222m.But he’s ready to put everything behind and start afresh this season.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.One way in doing that was scoring the third and final goal in PSG’s 3-1 win over Angers.Another was this neat piece of skill.Neymar has now managed three goals and an assist in his first three Ligue 1 games on the new season.PSG will next face Nimes away on Saturday.
Derby County manager Frank Lampard is in seventh heaven after his side scored two late goals to win 4-3 at Norwich City on Saturday.Norwich were 3-2 ahead with just nine minutes to go, but Florian Jozefzoon’s 87th-minute goal pulled the game level before Jack Marriott netted in stoppage time to complete the comeback for Frank Lampard’s side.The game was delayed by 25 minutes after a fuse box problem caused a section of the stadium to lose power after Norwich had gone 3-2 up.“It was a game which had everything and I don’t think I have been involved with one like that before,” Lampard told Sky Sports.“I have certainly never gone back to the dressing room and then come back like that before and as a manager, I have never been involved in a game with two late goals like that.Frank Lampard admits Chelsea may struggle for top-six spot Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t offer any guarantees on a top-six finish this season due to the strong competition.“I think the delay worked in our favor because Norwich had just scored their goal and the momentum was with them.It was bad timing for them and good timing for us because it gave us the chance to reorganize things and I thought David Nugent did a superb job when he came on, playing a part in both our goals.“Norwich will be saying they deserved something from the game, and they would have [deserved] a point to be fair, but I think we deserved this for the way we came out after the delay.“The players deserve so much credit for coming away from a tough place like this with three points.”