Judge saves Christmas cheer as he grants village drinks license

first_imgA Judge has saved Christmas for revellers in a small Co Donegal town.Gardai had objected to a dance license for the Fleets Inn disco in the seaside village of Downings on Christmas night for two hours from 12.01am until 2am.Garda Inspector Barry Doyle said they had concerns as there would be only ‘skeleton staff’ on call that night. He told Letterkenny District Court that he was concerned that it would be difficult to get emergency response staff such as Gardai and ambulance personnel because it was Christmas night.He also had concerns about the lack of taxis in the area at the time when up to 250 people piled out onto the street after the disco on Christmas night.Solicitor Conor McLaughlin said there had been the same objection last year.However, the license was refused in the district court but was successfully appealed to the circuit court. He said that three premises across Donegal had been granted licenses for Christmas night dances last year.He said a limit of 250 patrons had been put on the Fleets Inn last year but only 187 people attended the disco.He said that up to five bouncers would be employed on the night, a taxi firm operated in the area and that there had been no trouble during or after the dance.He said that as far as he knew this premises was the only one in Donegal applying to have a disco on Christmas night this year.Judge Paul Kelly said perhaps it could be the case then that people from all over Donegal would come to Downings for the only Christmas night dance. He asked Mr McLaughlin if the premises planned to advertise the event.He was told that it was unlikely at this late stage because print companies were too busy.Judge Kelly said he was granting the license but said he was limiting the tickets to a total of 250.He said that he also wanted tickets for the event numbered and that if it was being advertised then those attending should be told that it is by ticket only. Judge saves Christmas cheer as he grants village drinks license was last modified: December 18th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:CHristmas nightcourtDowningsFleets Inngrantedlicenselast_img read more

Why Spark And Hadoop Are Both Here To Stay

first_imgGuest author Josh Klahr is the vice president of product management at AtScale.The past few years have been filled with a number of prognostications related to the future of big data and the various technologies that have emerged to tackle the challenges posed by the world’s ever-expanding data sets. If you believe what you read, you might reach the conclusion that:The Hadoop wave has come and gone and was just a hype cycle Hadoop and related big-data technology and services will be a $50 billion industry Spark is the next Hadoop, and will overtake Hadoop for big-data workloads Hadoop is going to replace traditional massively parallel processing (MPP) databases There is some truth in all of the above assertions. At the same time, all of these statements deserve deeper investigation. The reality of the situation is not easily captured in a single headline or sound bite.A Brief History Of HadoopTo understand what is really happening in the big-data market, it’s useful to first understand the market forces that are driving the evolution and adoption of these various technologies. Then we can identify which tools and technologies are best-suited to address these challenges.  Hadoop evolved at Yahoo as a solution for low-cost scale-out storage coupled with parallelizable tasks. The result was HDFS and MapReduce. As Hadoop matured and adoption increased, so did the need for higher-level constructs, like metadata management and data query/management languages. HCatalog, Pig, and Hive became part of the ecosystem.  With increased workloads came the need for more robust resource management increased, and services like YARN emerged. At the same time, an expansion in the the number of consumers drove an expansion in the number of supported languages (SQL, Python, R, Scala) and data-processing engines like Spark and Impala emerged.So, where are we today?With all of this evolution, there are some things that remain the same, and as would be expected in an market, continued areas of innovation. Based on AtScale’s work with a number of enterprise customers, we’ve learned there are a set of consistent requirements:People still need low-cost scale-out storage—HDFS remains the best optionResource management in a clustered environment is paramount to delivering on the promise of a multi-purpose, multi-workload environment. Our experience is that YARN is still very at the forefront of providing resource management for enterprise-grade Hadoop clusters.Spark is clearly being very much adopted for a specific set of use cases, including pipelined data processing and parallelizable data-science workloads. At the same time, SQL-on-Hadoop engines (including Spark SQL, Impala, Presto, and Drill) are very much critical and growing.While batch data processing and data-science workloads are common for today’s Spark and Hadoop clusters, support for business intelligence workloads is the dominant theme for many.A Reality CheckWhat’s happening in the market is not necessarily that one platform is winning while another is losing. A recent survey of Hadoop adoption that AtScale conducted revealed that more than 60 percent of companies think of Hadoop as a game-changing investment, and more than 50 percent of organizations which currently don’t have a Hadoop plan on investing in the technology in the next 12 months.  At the same time, Spark is also increasingly on the scene. According to a recent survey on Spark adoption, Spark has had the most contributions of all open-source projects managed by the Apache Software Foundations over the past year. Although not as mature as Hadoop, Spark’s clear value proposition is leading to this increased investment.Based on what we are seeing with companies working with AtScale, there is room in the market for both Spark and Hadoop, and both platforms have an important place in the big-data architectures of the future. Depending on workloads and preferences, there are different mixes of these technologies in each customer. For example, one customer may rely on Impala to support interactive SQL queries on Hadoop, while another might turn to Spark SQL.  However, one consistent thing we are seeing across the board is an ever-increasing demand to support business-intelligence workloads using some combination of Hadoop and Spark SQL. As the AtScale Hadoop Maturity Survey discovered, more than 65 percent of respondents are using or plan on using Hadoop to support business-intelligence workloads—the most prevalent of all workloads on current and planned clusters. Similarly, a recent Spark user survey found that among Spark adopters, 68 percent were using Spark to support BI workloads, 16% more than the next most prevalent workload.Playing With Technology MatchesWe need to stop playing Spark and Hadoop off each other and understand how they will coexist. Hadoop will continue to be used as a platform for scale-out data storage, parallel processing, and clustered workload management. Spark will continue to be used for both batch-oriented and interactive scale-out data-processing needs. I believe these two components together will play an important role in the next generation of scale-out data platforms, and enable the next generation of scale-out business intelligence.Photo via Wikimedia Commons Tags:#Apache Spark#Big Data#Business Intelligence#Guest Posts#Hadoop#Spark Follow the Puck Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces josh klahr How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

India ranked 3rd in WADA’s global doping report for 2013

first_imgIndia may be considered a sporting minnow but in terms of doping by its athletes, it has been ranked third behind Russia and Turkey in a World Anti-Doping Agency Report for 2013 with as many as 91 from the country testing positive for banned substances in that year.According to the 2013 Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report released by the WADA on June 15, Russia has maximum number of dope offenders with 212 testing positive while the figures for Turkey and India were 155 and 91 respectively. Of the 91 Indians, 20 were women athletes.France came a close fourth with 90 dope cheats in the report compiled by the WADA based mainly on the information received from National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs). The comprehensive report, which dealt with testing of 207513 samples, covered 115 nationalities and 89 sports.If the four non-analytical Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) are taken into account, India has 95 ADRVs, fourth in the WADA list behind Russia (225), Turkey (188) and France (108). Russia had 13 non-analytical ADRVs, while the corresponding figures for Turkey and France were 33 and 18 respectively.Non-analytical ADRVs refer to cases that do not involve detection of a prohibited substance by a WADA-accredited laboratory but instances like failure to submit to a test, possession, use or trafficking of a prohibited substance following an investigation by athletes and support personnel.In all, 1953 athletes across the globe committed anti-doping rule violations out of which 1687 were actually caught for using banned substances while 266 violated other rules (non-analytical ADRVs).Among sports disciplines, track and field athletes lead the Indian dope cheats with 30 (28 sanctioned after testing positive with two of them committing non-analytical Anti-Doping Rule Violations) out of a global total of 280.advertisementWeightlifting comes second with 19 from the discipline caught for doping with nine wrestlers committing Anti-Doping Rule violation. Other sports which contributed in the doping shame are powerlifters (8) and bodybuilding (8), judo (7), boxing (4), aquatics (2), cycling (2), kabaddi (2), cricket (1), football (1), taekwondo (1), volleyball (1).last_img read more

Throwback When a legendary actor called Dileep the most cunning person in

first_imgDileepDileep/FacebookDileep, the Janapriya Nayakan of Mollywood, is now enjoying the success of his latest movie ‘Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakkeel’. Even after facing a setback after his alleged involvement in the actress abduction case, the actor is still enjoying peak acceptance among family audiences. And the recent success of ‘Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakkeel’ is an indication of Dileep’s unquestionable star power.At this juncture, we recollect a moment where Thilakan, one of the legendary actors in Mollywood, called Dileep the most cunning personality in the Malayalam film industry. During those times, a cold war was apparently going on between Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) and director Vinayan. Despite continuous warnings, Thilakan acted in a movie directed by Vinayan, and this compelled AMMA to impose an unofficial ban on the veteran star.Thilakan who is a drama artist by profession, then claimed that he will lead his life by acting in stages. He also added that no associations have the right to deny the job of an actor. The actor even called Dileep a shrewd personality and made it clear that AMMA is being controlled by a mafia.Later, in interaction with Manorama News, Dileep had said that he respected Thilakan to the core. The ‘CID Moosa’ actor also recollected a moment where he shouted at Thilakan. As per Dileep, Thilakan came to a meeting conducted by AMMA with police protection, and on the same day, he abused Mammootty. Dileep claimed that Mammootty cried a lot after this incident, and seeing this, he shouted at Thilakan.It should be also noted that director Vinayan had earlier revealed that Dileep is such a man who always aims to seek vengeance and revenge on his opponents.When Dileep was involved in the actress abduction case, several social media users had spread Thilakan’s words about Dileep on Facebook and Twitter, and many people claimed that it is the curse of Thilakan’s soul which made Dileep fall in the legal trap.last_img read more

IndiGo FY15 Net Profit Rises Over 300 Ahead of IPO

first_imgBudget airline IndiGo has reported a 300% rise in its net profit for the financial year ending March 2015, ahead of the company’s listing on the stock exchanges later this year or early next year.India’s biggest airline by market share, Indigo earned a net profit of Rs 1,304 crore in 2014-15, up from Rs 317 crore in the previous financial year. The company’s revenues rose to Rs 14, 320 crore from Rs 11,447 crore, The Economic Times reported.Indigo said its capacity in available seat kilometers (ASKs) increased to 35.3 million in 2014-15, up from 29.9 million ASKs in 2013-14. The carrier had filed a pre-IPO prospectus with the market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), in June to raise $400 million (Rs 2,500 crore).Currently, IndiGo runs 648 flights daily and has a fleet of 97 A320 planes. In August, the airline said that it had signed a deal with aerospace company Airbus to buy 250 A320neo aircraft for over $25 billion.The carrier had a market share of 33.8% in the domestic passenger traffic in 2014-15.In July this year, Qatar Airways had said that it was in discussions with IndiGo to buy a stake in it while denying reports of any such talks with SpiceJet.Before that, in May, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker had evinced interest in acquiring 49% stake in IndiGo. Recently, the promoters of IndiGo altered the company’s shareholding structure to provide more scope for overseas capital in the company’s initial public offering (IPO). Under the new capital structure, the stake held by one of its promoters, Rakesh Gangwal, has become his personal holding. Gangwal holds 47.88% in Indigo’s parent company, InterGlobe Enterprises, through US-based Caelum Investment.last_img read more

Houston Is At the Center Of SameSex Marriage Benefits Ruling

first_img The Texas Supreme Court has questioned whether same-sex spouses are legally entitled to government-subsidized workplace benefits. The decision sends the case back to a district trial court.Plaintiffs charge that Houston broke state law by using tax dollars to pay same-sex spousal benefits. The case has been brewing for three years, during which time the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.“What the Supreme Court of Texas said today was it’s an open question whether that includes the provision of government-sponsored health benefits,” says Josh Blackman, an associate professor at South Texas College of Law Houston.The all-Republican state supreme court initially declined to hear the benefits case. It agreed to do so following a write-in campaign, as well as pressure from Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Attorney General Ken Paxton.“I’m extremely pleased that the Texas Supreme Court recognized that Texas law is still important when it comes to marriage,” said Paxton in a statement released by his office.Kenneth Upton is senior counsel in the regional office of Lambda Legal. The LGBT civil rights group has been assisting the City of Houston with the case. “If it allows other similar attacks to go forward, it could involve all kinds of employees, not just city employees,” says Upton. “Could involve state employees. Could involve employees who receive agency benefits, people who work for colleges and universities.”In a statement, Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city is reviewing its options, but in the meantime, Houston will continue to pay spousal benefits to all eligible employees. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /01:07 Sharelast_img read more

Nitish draws flak from BJP over food law implementation

first_imgAs the Assembly sat for the day, BJP members insisted that adjournment notice given by two of its members be taken up first on alleged irregularities in implementation of Food law in Bihar since February last year.Binod Narayan Jha, who had given the adjournment notice with party MLA Sanjay Singh Tiger, alleged that more than 50 lakh beneficiaries have yet not received their ration cards. The BJP members trooped into the well and started shouting anti-government slogans. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIWhen all persuasions to restore normalcy in the House failed, Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary first adjourned the house till 12 o’clock and later till 2 PM. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was not in the House at the time. BJP had created ruckus in Legislative Council on Thursday on the same issue. Later, speaking to reporters outside the House, state Food Minister Shyam Rajak trashed the opposition allegation and said BJP was doing so to attract publicity. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindOn the issue of ration cards, he said the state government has handed over a list of 47 lakh additional beneficiaries to the Centre by posting names on NIC website three months back. “It is the fault of the Centre that it has not incorporated these additional names and provided extra allotment of foodgrains to Bihar under Food law,” he added.Lalu to march to Raj Bhawan against Centre’s policiesChief Lalu Prasad Yadav and other members of the party will march to Raj Bhawan here on March 15, protesting against the Centre’s policies on black money, amendments in Land Acquisition Bill, unemployment and inflation. The proetst march, which will be led by Yadav, would also press the BJP-led government to keep its word on depositing Rs 15 lakh in the bank accounts of common people after bringing back the black money stashed in abroad, party state president Ram Chandra Purve said. “All preparations have been made for it. Yadav is arriving in Patna on Friday evening itself. Party leaders from panchayat to state-level from across Bihar will assemble in Patna for the march,” he said.Purve said around 20,000 people from across the state will participate in the march, he said adding “BJP is trying to bring a black law that will deprive our farmers of land, their sole means to eke out a living.”last_img read more

Preserving the natural heritage

first_imgSuccessfully attracting thousands of visitors to Garden of Five Senses, three-day-long Garden Tourism Festival ended on a high note on February 17. Organised by Delhi Tourism, the festival saw an enthralling set of performances and engagement activities for people across ages.People were spellbound by the beauty of the venue as they spent quality time with their friends and family in the lush green gardens. The festival enlightened the visitors on the importance of gardening and how small efforts can make a difference towards a greener Delhi. It showcased vibrant dance forms such as Kaalbelia, a spellbinding magic show by Raffan and a serene musical performance by Jhoom, the band, concluding the day with a grand prize distribution ceremony, wherein winners across 32 categories were facilitated by C Arvind, General Manager, DTTDC. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGreenways Nurseries honored Raja Ram with a Lifetime Achievement award for contributing to the horticultural practices as a Maali. In order to promote entries in the Dahlia category, they also incentivised the competition with cash prizes. Over the past three days, the 32nd edition of Garden Tourism Festival not only offered the best of floral displays but also proffered an opportunity for Delhiites to build their own garden, relish the food and live performances and find repose in the lap of mother nature. Various nurseries showcasing plants for kitchen gardens, home gardens, and indoor areas had put up exclusive stalls. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I’ve seen this festival grow bigger over the years and even though my age allows me very little, I have never missed the Garden Tourism Festival,” said Shekhawat from Rajajipuram, New Delhi. Activities like painting competition for children saw active participation. While many groups of visitors were engaged in informative sessions and photo walk, others were indulged in understanding the many properties of plants and their benefits, before making their purchases at the Garden Bazaar. Storytelling session by eminent artists Jaishree Sethi, along with engaging performances by bands such as Shivankur Vashisht, and NUUR added to the festivities. All three days were brimming with the energy of cultural activities and performances, which entertained people throughly.last_img read more