Deep sadness at passing of Raymond Blake

first_imgA deep sadness hangs over Letterkenny today following the passing of one of its best-known characters Raymond Blake.Raymond, of Main Street, passed away at the Donegal Hospice overnight after a short illness. He was aged 56.Raymond touched the lives of so many people through the family’s business Blake’s Bar. He was also heavily involved in St Eunan’s GAA Club for many years as a player and a coach.A former nurse, Raymond spent some time working in England but spent his later life working in the family business alongside his late dad Harry.There are many words which could describe Raymond Blake and many people will have their own personal memories of him.He had great general knowledge which included a vast knowledge of sport. But he also possessed a cutting wit as well as a genuine listening ear from his view of life from behind his bar counter.But there was so much more to Raymond as no doubt will be shared by the vast amount of people who will recall the goodness he brought with him in his relatively short time with us.Raymond is survived by his brothers Joe, Kevin, David and sister Ita and a wide circle of relatives and friends.He was predeceased by his father Harry and mother Maire.Funeral arrangements will be released shortly. Deep sadness at passing of Raymond Blake was last modified: March 19th, 2019 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:letterkennyobituarylast_img read more

Raiders’ Anthony Rush hoping to finish strong to land spot on roster

first_imgAnthony Rush went to high school in North Carolina, community college in Mississippi and college in Alabama. If Rush is to achieve his dream of making the NFL, he’ll need to do it in Winnipeg, Manitoba.Not exactly the conventional route for a spot on the 53-man roster of the Raiders.“I didn’t go to a Power 5 school,” Rush said. “I’m a JUCO product. I didn’t have the easy route to D-1. Now I’m on the same stage as everybody else, and I can show what I can do.”Rush will be a player to watch …last_img

Why Aren’t There More/Better Software Design Tools?

first_imgTags:#app development#Software#Web Development 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… michael tchong Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes You have a brilliant software idea. Now you need to design a good-looking prototype. You look around. You search high and low. Chances are you will dig up a sum total of three usable tools.That’s right, three.Rapid Prototyping Is A WastelandWelcome to the largely ignored world of rapid prototyping.If you design on the PC, you can choose from three tools:Axure RP ($290)Mockup Builder (free)Serena Prototype Composer 3 (free/$300)If you prototype on the Mac, your three choices are:Axure RPBalsamic Mockups ($79)Sencha Architect ($400)Balsamiq Mockups is a cross-platform rapid software prototyping tool that allows a UX designer to quickly create a mockup of software screens. This is a prototype I created for a next-generation CRM program. One major quibble: no ready-made icons for folders or documents.If you develop mobile apps or websites, there are more choices, including Protoshare ($29/mo.), a Web-based (SaaS) software solution and Tiggzi ($40/mo.). If you like to design apps entirely on the iPad, there’s AppCooker ($40), AppSketcher (free), Blueprint Lite (free), Interface HD ($10), iMockups for iPad ($7) and Mockop (free), plus many others.According to an educated guess, there are some 12 million programmers worldwide. That’s equal to the population of metropolitan Los Angeles.Now imagine you are one of those 12 million LA inhabitants, and you have only three, maybe four, auto repair shops to choose from. What’s wrong with that picture? The size of the global information technology industry was estimated at $3.8 trillion in 2012, according to Gartner.The same CRM mockup created in Azure RP, another cross-platform prototyping tool, that creates more buttoned-up designs. Tools that address various software design work styles are much needed.Here’s a another cogent example. I searched the Home Depot site for cordless drills and found 348 search results. Try it yourself. And that’s for a global power tool market that will reach only $27 billion by 2015.The Disconnect OpportunityNotice a disconnect here? In a previous post, I wrote about the need to create 1,000 user-experience (UX) design studios in the U.S. alone. These studios would require a healthy infrastructure of innovative rapid prototyping and coding tools. Yet it’s clear that when it comes to creating software, designers lack much choice.What type of prototyping tools are needed? For one, they should be collaborative. I know this because I found a sparse factoid on the design activities of programmers that suggests that unlike the relatively solitary activity of coding and testing, designing interfaces requires much collaborative work.Finding the above statistic buried in a Microsoft site full of articles about finding bugs was a worrisome sign all in itself. You would think that, given a $4 trillion information technology economy, there would be a lot more research about software-design habits.Please plug this innovation gap, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists! We need a lot more help to make software work the way it was intended. And do contribute to my crowdsourced ideation engine and suggest more ideas on what type of software is needed to help create a next-generation software economy.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

NU sustains dominance, beats UST

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University kept its immaculate slate after downing University of Santo Tomas in four sets, 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 28-26, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The league-leading Lady Bulldogs improved to a perfect 5-0 while the Golden Tigresses dropped to 2-3.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Valdez judges fitness contest; Villanueva, AVO impress After Cherry Rondina tied the fourth set at 25-25, Audrey Paran unwittingly gave UST the 26-25 set point after her hit went out.Jaja Santiago then, went to work for NU finishing a through-the-block kill for the 26-26 tie, and Risa Sato scored a block off Rondina’s attempt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSantiago said it was her team’s character that helped them keep UST at bay.“The grit, the trust with each other, I saw that in this game,” said Santiago. “Those two traits are what I like about our team and when I say that I won’t let them lose they will follow, like a domino effect.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “Our character is really that strong.”Santiago finished with 19 points to lead NU while Aiko Urdas had 10.Rondina was the game’s top scorer with 25 points for UST while Carla Sandoval added 12.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Read Nextcenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READlast_img read more

UAE, Thailand make Asian Cup last 16, heartbreak for India

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Andy Murray’s agony: ‘It’s so sore I even hate walking the dogs’ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UAE finished top of Group A and the pair could be joined in the round of 16 by Bahrain, which beat India 1-0 thanks to a last-gasp penalty and will likely progress as one of the best four third-placed teams.It was a far cry from Thailand’s first match in the tournament, a 4-1 loss to India that led to the firing of coach Milovan Rajevac and the appointment of his assistant, Sirisak Yodyardthai, as interim coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsUAE started strongly and took the lead less than seven minutes in. Ismail Al Hammadi’s attempted chip came back off the crossbar but Ali Mabkhout headed home the rebound.Thailand started to get into the match and leveled four minutes before the break when Thitiphan Puangjan took advantage of panic in the UAE defense to bundle the ball past goalkeeper Khalid Eisa. United Arab Emirates’ forward Ali Mabkhout al Hajeri celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the AFC Asian Cup group A soccer match between United Arab Emirates and Thailand at Al Maktoum Stadium in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)AL AIN, United Arab Emirates — Thailand’s decision to change coaches continued to prove to be a masterstroke but there was last-minute heartbreak for India at the Asian Cup on Monday.Thailand drew against host side United Arab Emirates 1-1 to qualify for the next round for the first time since reaching the semifinals in 1972.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? The War Elephants finished second, a point below UAE and above Bahrain thanks to a better head-to-head record, having won the match between them 1-0.Bahrain, which hit the woodwork earlier in the match, was seconds away from going out of the tournament as India managed to fend off wave after wave of attack.However, India captain Pronay Halder brought down Hamed Alshamsan in the penalty area and Jamal Rashed converted in stoppage time to send Bahrain into unbridled joy.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more