Raphoe tractor run raises money for two Donegal charities

first_imgThe Donegal Hospice and The Multiple Sclerosis Donegal Society received €3575 each from Derek Glenn and Marcus Doherty and members of Raphoe Masonic lodge.The cheques’ were presented after this year’s successful Raphoe tractor run, organised by members of Masonic lodge.A spokesperson said: “These (charities) were chosen as we believe most families in Donegal have been helped or may be helped at some time by these fantastic organisations. “We are lucky in this county to have them and we must do all we can to support them.”You can see official photos from the presentation below.The Donegal Hospice receiving a cheque for €3575The Multiple Sclerosis Donegal Society receiving a cheque for €3575Raphoe tractor run raises money for two Donegal charities was last modified: September 7th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Mixx to Digg: We Break News Faster

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts sarah perez Today, social news web site, Mixx, announced new features to their service that will help them break news faster by getting big news stories promoted to the home page in a timely fashion. On the Mixx blog post about the changes, they point out that timeliness has been a problem with social news sites, themselves included – until now. To solve the problem, they have created a “Breaking News” category, which will only contain stories that only “Super Mixxers” can tag. Although this change does allow for faster story promotion for now, whether it’s a good long-term solution has yet to be seen. The Power of the Super MixxerThe “Super Mixxer” is a new kind of user that brings an element of competition to Mixx, something that may appeal to former top diggers who felt that they had been penalized in the past for being active contributors and participants at Digg.com. At Mixx, a user can become a “Super Mixxer” by accumulating points for posting high quality submissions of a diverse nature and by leaving quality comments, too. The user must rack up these “Karma Points” in order to qualify as a “Super Mixxer.”Once having achieved Super Mixxer status, the user will then have access to special privileges like access to the “Related Items” feature, which allows Super Mixxers to link content with previously Mixxed stories, photos, or videos, as well as the ability to tag stories as “Breaking News.” In addition to these privileges, as Mixx roles out more features, Super Mixxers will gain access to other tools beyond the reach of ordinary users, too.How Breaking News Works on MixxIn order for stories to be marked as “Breaking,” at least two Super Mixxers will have to tag it accordingly. Only a limited number of stories can be in the “Breaking News” category at any one time and they can only remain there for a limited time. If a “Breaking News” story gets enough votes, it’s moved over to the “Popular” category. To highlight the “Breaking News” category, selected “Breaking News” stories are featured on the right-hand side of both the “Popular” and “News” category pages. You can also subscribe to “Breaking News” on YourMixx. Super Mixxers can compete for an award for breaking the best stories – the new “News Hound” award will be given to the Super Mixxer who submitted the story with the most votes that day. This award will be showcased with the others, like “Most Opinionated,” “Thought Leader,” “Most Contentious,” and more over in the Mixx Lounge.Breaking NewsAre Super Mixxers a Good Thing?While the awards and achievements bring back an element of fun to the social news arena, one can’t help but wonder if Mixx, in its infancy (it’s only 6 months old), is just repeating Digg’s mistakes. Compared with Digg, the Mixx userbase is small, so awarding the Super Mixxer status makes sense for now and seems to work. But what happens when Mixx grows to Digg size? Will the Super Mixxers then begin to rule Mixx the way top diggers ruled Digg, banding together in elite groups, forcing the Digg team to change the algorithm to democratize the process? Or perhaps Mixx doesn’t want to democratize the process – by handing over control to Super Mixxers, they are essentially giving a powerful few the ability to make or break Mixx by selecting quality stories for the front page. Currently, the Super Mixxers seem like a decent bunch, thoughtfully promoting stories worthy of sharing. However, by allowing Super Mixxers to tag their own submissions as “Breaking News,” it’s likely that some people will be tempted to use their Super status to promote their own entries, maybe even unfairly.To weed out the unworthy, the Mixx team is hand-picking the Super Mixxers by reviewing the comments, submissions, and participation of potential Super Mixxers before awarding them the SM badge. Again, this works for now, but will become overwhelming as the Mixx user base grows.If allowing the most active users of the service to have the most power, then why does Mixx think this will work for them, when it didn’t work for Digg? What will prevent Super Mixxers from forming voting groups or getting paid off to submit stories. Just because a user behaved for a month to achieve Super Mixxer status, doesn’t mean they won’t turn further down the line and begin using that power for their own purposes later on. Will Mixx then begin revoking Super Mixxer badges? That has the potential to cause just as much outrage as the algorithmic changes to Digg, if not more so, since an algorithm change is a more amorphous and vague, whereas yanking a badge away is a more obvious, direct punishment. It seems that Mixx is hedging their bets on their ability to “choose wisely” when it comes to selecting their top Mixxers. However, since Super Mixxers don’t have the ability to “bury” stories, maybe Mixx will be able to escape the backlash that comes when people feel that a select few have too much power. center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Sandeep Singh hopes to shine on the big occasion

first_imgHe has got the five Olympic rings tattooed on his right arm, signifying that representing India at that stage is his greatest achievement and ambition.The star drag-flicker played a stellar role in ensuring that India made the cut for London after missing out on Beijing 2008.His 16 goals, including five in the final against France, were the most crucial factor as India won the Olympic hockey qualifier on home turf to seal their spot.Sandeep has become an irresistible force in penalty corner and, more often than not, finds the mark from the top of the striking circle. India will hope that he continues his rich vein of form in the British capital.”This is going to be my second Olympics after Athens 2004, so I am not as excited as most of my teammates for whom it will be the first,” Sandeep told Mail Today from Pune, where the London-bound squad is undergoing a preparatory camp.However, it does not mean that the Haryana player is any less motivated to shine. Having built a formidable reputation over his eight-year-long career, Sandeep has the confidence that he will rise to the occasion on the big stage. “I am just trying to give my best at the Olympics as fans have a lot of expectations from me,” the drag-flicker said.After India endured the heartbreak in Chile, where they failed to make it to the Olympics for the first time, Sandeep did not lose heart.”I knew we will get more opportunities to qualify. But we needed to get better to take on the better sides in the world,” the defender with 168 international caps said.advertisementHe was confident enough to have got the five Olympic rings tattooed on his arm. “I just felt like having it done and the rings have been on my arm for the last three years,” Sandeep said.With the Michael Nobbs-David John combination at the helm for the last one year, things have looked up for Indian hockey. Sandeep, who has had a stint as national captain a few years ago, has also experienced the positive changes.”The team has improved a lot in the recent times and there has been a great stress on fitness. This has helped us compete toe to toe with the top sides.”Sandeep’s prowess with the drag-flick was evident from very early on in his career, and now his strike rate on penalty corners is close to 90 per cent. There are not many goalkeepers in the world who can keep his ferocious drives out.But several experts of the game have put a question mark over Sandeep’s skills in open play. His tackling and defensive work has not always inspired confidence.But things have started looking up in that facet as well.”In the run-up to the Olympics, I am focusing on being as fit as I possibly can. Also, I am concentrating on getting better on facets other than penalty corners,” the deputy superintendent of police in Haryana Police said.Sandeep is the only player in the present squad, other than Ignace Tirkey, who has prior Olympic experience.That, coupled with a tough group that India find themselves in, make it a tough challenge. But Sandeep is undeterred. “We will take it match by match and not take any pressure on ourselves. There are a lot of young players in our squad but everyone is mature enough to not let the expectations get the better of them,” he said.last_img read more