Daniel O’Donnell has expressed fears that Brexit will affect his future music tours to the UK. The Donegal singer has revealed that he was always against Brexit and is hoping for a peaceful outcome to negotiations.Daniel says he worries about how the UK’s split from the EU will affect his career as he tours across the continent. Daniel is currently performing a series of shows in Branson, Missouri in the US. He told BBC Radio Ulster: “It (Brexit) shouldn’t affect people south of the border but it’s going to affect us. I think it will affect us very much in an economic way, it has to, because there’s such a trade thing with the UK and Ireland and there’s such movement between the two countries. And I know very little about economics but it’s just how I see it.“I would hate to think that every time we go to England you have a whole big hoo-haa of passports and all them little things too.”Daniel said he was personally disappointed with the UK’s vote to leave the EU and wouldn’t rule out supporting a second referendum “if the majority felt they made the wrong decision.”Daniel, who is about to release a new album for Christmas, said he hopes that Brexit will not affect peace in Northern Ireland. He said: “The one thing we must be absolute about is that it never goes back to the Troubles because of something like Brexit. It would be a pure tragedy.”Daniel O’Donnell’s new album ‘Walking In The Moonlight’ is out on 30th November and available to pre-order now.*AFDaniel worries about passport ‘hoo-haa’ after Brexit was last modified: November 25th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Brexitdaniel o donnell
Analysts seem to agree that the stars are aligning for Big Data. Nearly every end-of-year list of predictions for the direction of IT in 2012 includes Big Data.James Kobielus, Forrester analyst, wrote on his blog that “Big data was inescapable in 2011. Without a doubt, it was the paramount banner story in data management, advanced analytics, and business intelligence (BI). The hype has been relentless, but it’s been driven by substantial innovations on many fronts.”In presentations both Gartner Vice President David Cearley and Gartner analyst David Cappucio identified Big Data as one of the top 10 strategic trends for IT in 2012.Information Management magazine reports general agreement among analysts like Thomas Davenport. The article reports that “Big data analytics will top all other areas of growth in analytics during 2012 due to the rapid expansion of social, mobile, location and transaction-based data taken in by various industries, according to predictions from the International Institute for Analytics.”Ken Vander Wal, CISA, CPA, international president of ISACA said that “Big Data is going to evolve out of its ‘shiny new object’ status in 2012. IT leaders will need to figure out how to coax order out of the chaos from all those zeroes and ones, as well as optimize ROI and manage data privacy.”Patti Prarie, CEO of Brighter Planet, wrote on the Huffington Post said that Big Data Analytics will be a hot trend in 2012, explaining that “As the volume of enterprise data sky-rockets, an industry is growing up around using this flood of information to help companies operate more efficiently and sustainably. Companies increasingly will be deploying sophisticated software as a key component of their sustainability strategy.”Hot technologies attract money and interest from venture capitalists. It’s no different now with what’s happening in the area of Big Data.In December, in an article on IT investment areas for 2012, writer Clint Boulton identified Big Data as a “market too that is ripe for investment and acquisition.”The New York Times reports Peter Goldmacher, an analyst and managing director at Cowen & Company as saying that “Venture capital is absolutely foaming at the mouth over big data. The volume of data being created now is not 10 times bigger, it is like a thousand times bigger.”Paul Sloan executive editor at C|Net writes that “Big data was a big term in 2011 and, as fuzzy as it sounds, it represents a monstrous opportunity for companies beyond the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and LinkedIn. Anyone using an app-loaded smartphone is generating data that can be mined and made useful.”Financial analysts identify IBM as a strong player because of their trove of Big Data technologies. Online investment site seekingalpha writes that IBM “is at the center of the big data trend and is going to capitalize on the information revolution better than anyone… Big data is a high margin business.” IBM has a big stake in Big Data, but more likely, startups are where most of the new Big Data action will happen.Accel Partners have set up a $100 million venture fund for investments called the Big Data fund. The Wall Street Journal reports that the fund “will focus on infrastructure, storage, security and enterprise applications, all the way up to business intelligence, mobile apps, financial trading apps and more.”Mu Sigma, foe example, an Indian big data, analytics and decision support services for global enterprise customers company, secured a $108 million investment round led by General Atlantic.Other examples of startups starting to receive money include PlaceIQ and GridGain.The Wall Street Journal reports that PlaceIQ, a stealthy geolocation and big data company that tracks where smartphone users are and what they might be doing, raised $4.2 million in venture funds. In December, startup GridGain, a company specializing in high performance cloud computing and real time big data processing received a $2.5 million Series A round of financing led by RTP Ventures.The trend of Big Data investments is likely to pick up later in the year.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina swoop for Sevilla attacker Luis Murielby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina have signed Sevilla attacker Luis Muriel.Milan had been touted as favourites to sign Muriel, but he has personally chosen to join the Viola.He joins Fiorentina on-loan to the end of the season. There is an option to make the deal permanent for €13m.Fiorentina will be Muriel’s fourth Italian club after previous spells at Lecce, Udinese and Sampdoria.
The Bob Hope Legacy has extended its commitment to EasterSeals Southern California with a three-year, $750,000 grant to further support the development and expansion of the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program.“Since its founding in 2014, the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program has grown quickly to become an effective and celebrated provider of employment transition services for local veterans,” said Miranda Hope, Legacy member and Vice President of the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation. “This program is a great tribute to the legacy of my grandfather, Bob Hope, who cared deeply about veterans and their families for six decades.”Launched with a three-year $1.1 million dollar grant from The Bob Hope Legacy to begin serving veterans in San Diego County, the program has since expanded to serve veterans in Orange County as well. The additional funds will allow the program to increase coverage in those counties and extend services throughout Southern California.“To date more than 700 veterans have gone through the program. We are thrilled to support an organization that empowers veterans with access to the tools, support and resources they need to gain meaningful employment and thrive,” Hope added. “I know my grandfather would be proud to have his name and foundation’s funds tied to such an effective and meaningful program.”The program will receive $250,000 per year for the next three years from the Legacy, facilitating the hiring of more Employment Specialists, providing veterans with unique one-on-one coaching and employment support and referrals to other resources such as ongoing education, VA benefits, physical and mental health support, housing and financial assistance to smooth the transition to civilian life.“The Legacy’s continued commitment to the Southern California veteran community has had a direct and positive impact on the lives, well-being and employment success of hundreds of veterans and their families,” said John Funk, director of the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program at Easterseals Southern California. “It is our incredible honor and privilege to serve this community and honor the Bob Hope Legacy.”Updates on the program’s expansion and stories of success will be posted on easterseals.com/ESSCBobHopeVeterans. Veterans or potential employers interested in learning more about the Easterseals Bob Hope Veterans Support Program can also call (760) 737-3990.
Greater Noida: Gautam Buddh Nagar police have arrested a rewarded criminal, carrying bounty of Rs 25, 000 on his head, from Mamura area of Noida on late Thursday night. Police said that the accused was wanted in a gang rape case with a minor girl by Jewar police. According to police, the arrested accused has been identified as Furkan Qureshi, native of Jahangirpur area of Jewar. Cops said that Qureshi, along with his accomplice Nanhe allegedly abducted a girl student from Jewar area in a car after making her consume a drink laced with sedatives, in the month of June last year. The duo of accused kept the girl at a secluded place and gang raped her for a couple of days. Later they let her go and threatened her with death consequences if she tells about the incident to anyone. However, the minor rape victim reached home and narrated her ordeal to parents, following which a case was registered.
Urban Meyer looks on during the OSU Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. The Gray defeated Scarlet, 17-7.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternThe most publicized position in all of sports is arguably the quarterback position, and at Ohio State, even the backup spot is a point of emphasis.With senior Braxton Miller out for the spring after undergoing minor shoulder surgery in February, the competition to see who would be his backup became a big storyline throughout spring practice.The two players most likely to fall next in line behind Miller — redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett — both got their chances to shine in front of 61,058 people Saturday, and neither seemed comfortable for a majority of the game.Neither quarterback accounted for a touchdown. However, Barrett nearly broke free twice after keeping the ball on designed run plays before being whistled down. Both he and Jones sported black, no-contact jerseys once the game got under way.Barrett finished the game 17-33 passing for 151 yards, also rushing for 25 yards on six carries. He led a pair of 80-yard scoring drives, while also leading a 90-yard drive that stalled on fourth and goal.Jones, who coach Urban Meyer said after the game is in position to be Miller’s backup, got off to a very slow start. He headed into halftime just 6-15 passing for seven yards, including a pass play that resulted in a loss of 12 yards. After losing the ball in the end zone, Jones was forced to find a receiver in order to avoid a safety and dumped it off to junior wide receiver Kato Mitchell, who was well behind the line of scrimmage.Jones improved his game in the second half, as he finished the game 14-31 passing for 126 yards while also rushing for 21 yards on four carries.Meyer said he was unhappy with Jones’ performance.“Cardale was disappointing,” Meyer said after the game. “I thought he made some misses today, but I’m not going to let that ruin his spring. He’s had a good spring for us.”Despite a poor performance, Jones said he was excited to finally be on the field.“It was pretty cool,” Jones said after the game. “I’ve been waiting for a long time and I’ve still got work to do to enhance my ability.”Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker, who sits as the lone returning starter on the OSU offensive line, said he was pleased that under the pressure of performing in front of a large crowd, the young quarterbacks didn’t buckle.“To see that calmness in a quarterback, even though they may be a new guy, it’s still good to see from an offensive lineman standpoint,” Decker, who hardly saw time on the field Saturday, said.The lone turnover committed by a quarterback was early on when Barrett — despite wearing the no-contact jersey — was hit from behind, forcing him to lose the ball in his own end zone. Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Rashad Frazier forced the fumble, then pounced on it, resulting in the Scarlet’s only touchdown of the game.When asked if he thought he had locked up the backup spot, Jones was concise.“Oh no, not at all,” Jones said.The Buckeye quarterbacks have all summer to improve before fall camp opens, and OSU is scheduled to open the 2014 season at M&T Bank Stadium against Navy on Aug. 30 at noon.
Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) catches a pass in the first half of the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 1. Ohio State beat Northwestern 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe second Ohio State wide receiver came off the board at the 2019 NFL Draft as Terry McLaurin was taken with the No. 76 overall pick to the Washington Redskins in the thirdround Friday.McLaurin pulled in a Big Ten second-most 11 touchdowns in 2018, along with 701 yards on just 35 receptions for team-high 20 yards-per-catch average.His 11 touchdowns this past season bring McLaurin to a career total of 19, which both rank No. 6 in program history for season and career receiving scores.McLaurin would go onto play in four victories over Michigan, three bowl game wins and assist in back-to-back Big Ten Championships in the past two seasons.The five-year receiver was a primary contributor to a Ohio State receiving core that assisted former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins in setting new records for Big Ten passing yardage and touchdowns in a single-season, along with school records for yards and touchdowns through the air in a single game.From 2015 to 2018, McLaurin did not miss any of Ohio State’s 54 games, which displays a durability that should help him at the next level, along with the 4.35-second 40-yard dash time he posted at the NFL Combine.
Ohio State redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones (86) leads the Buckeyes out on the field to start the 2018 Spring Game on April 14, 2018. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOhio State produced its fifth defensive line prospect in two years Friday, when former defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones heard his name called as the No. 71 selection by the Denver Broncos in the 2019 NFL Draft.Jones finished his Ohio State career with 114 tackles (22 TFL), 9.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and a pick-six this past season against TCU.The former Buckeye earned third-team all-Big Ten honors at defensive tackle in 2017, followed by first-team all-Big Ten honors in 2018.Jones’ redshirt junior season was arguably his best, as he finished with career-highs in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (8.5).The St. Ignatius product declared for the NFL Draft in the weeks prior to Ohio State’s contest against Washington in the Rose Bowl, but still participated in the game.
Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the BNP has sensed that they have no scope to go to power normally.That is why they along with their fundamentalist ally are planning to topple the government, he added, reports BSS.“They (BNP) should keep in mind that it is not 2014, it is 2018. The people of the country will give befitting reply to the BNP if they want to create anarchy centering the forthcoming parliamentary polls,” he told newsmen after attending a mass-contact programme of AL in city’s Gabtoli area.Earlier, Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, distributed leaflets in the area on the fifth day of AL’s week-long mass contact programme for showcasing the development works by the government and highlighting acts of terrorism and violence of the BNP and its ally Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.He said the BNP is pursuing dirty politics over the health issue of its chief Khaleda Zia.Quader also said the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University is the right place for the treatment of Khaleda Zia.The court has also given the directive to this end, he said, adding the government is not doing any dirty politics on Khaleda Zia’s health issue.But, Quader said, the leaders of the BNP are indulged in nasty politics on Begum Zia’s treatment.The ruling party general secretary said, “I didn’t tell any party to make unity with us. I said that the left-leaning parties believe in the spirit of the liberation war and they respect father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”“I urged them to be united. We want unity against fundamentalist evil forces, against the dirty politics and against the enemies of the liberation war.”About the use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), Quader said his party wants the EVMs to be used in a limited scale in the upcoming national polls. AL also made a demand for using EVM to the election commission (EC), he added.