first_imgAlmost 500 homes and businesses remain without power this Monday morning after Storm Atiyah.Faults are reported in Leghowney outside Donegal Town and in Annagry in the West Donegal Gaeltacht.Many more properties around Donegal were affected by power outages on Sunday afternoon as high winds struck. South Donegal was one of the worst affected areas, with power being restored to the majority of homes by the evening. Up to 385 properties in Annagry and Loughanure remain without electricity this morning after a power cut shortly before 11pm.ESB is currently working on repairs and estimate that supplies will be restored by 2pm near Loughanure and 3pm in Annagry.Meanwhile, 48 properties have no power in Leghowney outside Donegal. Power was lost before 2pm on Sunday and it is expected that supplies will be repaired by 1.52pm today.ESB Networks is urging the public not to approach fallen wires, as they may be live and dangerous.  Storm Atiyah: Almost 500 homes without power across Donegal was last modified: December 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. RavencraftFarmers and agribusiness owners have many choices available to them in regard to accounting software. I have talked about a variety of them in previous articles. One of the options available is cloud-based software. Let’s talk about the basics of this software option in this article.Many people are curious about the cloud and what it means. The cloud is an Internet platform that allows you access data anytime from anywhere. The most appealing part of cloud-based software for many business owners is the peace of mind in knowing that they always have access to current financial information. When your software is cloud based, all of your information is literally at your fingertips, presented in real-time figures.Imagine links to your bank accounts, your credit cards, right there through the software. All you must do is code your business transactions to the proper account to keep your financials current. Users of cloud-based software generally live without the prompts to update their accounting software because a glitch is found or a newer version is available because cloud-based accounting software takes care of these things automatically. Users also don’t have the worry of backing up accounting files in case of a crash. No back up needed because the information lives in the cloud.These are all big draws for many farmers and business owners, but the convenience associated with cloud-based accounting software really seals the deal for many. Instead of needing to be stationed at the same computer or laptop time and time again to access your files, the cloud-based option allows you remote access from virtually anywhere with Internet access. You could be working in the fields and check your phone to see how sales for the business went for the day. Or, you could be on an airplane and pull out your tablet and check in on the financials for the business with no issue. You get the idea, access to your software from anywhere, on any device. This is the ideal software fit for those that like real-time updates on a frequent basis.The idea of switching to cloud-based software can be daunting to some. Sticking to traditional software remains the best option for them and their business. If the idea of cloud-based software appeals to you whatsoever, ask your accountant their thoughts and together you can review options for you should you decide to go that route. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions as well. As always, my main recommendation remains that you should be using software of some sort in order to position your business for success and continued growth. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgSamsung has been a dependable name in the industry when it comes to offering a smart, connected family of products. Smartphones aside, the company has given equal importance to creating good-looking and convenient smart products like tablets and smartwatches. I recently reviewed the mid-range Galaxy Tab S5e, so it was time to shift my attention to the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch. The Galaxy Watch Active was launched in India late last month and I have been using it for a few weeks now.The Galaxy Watch Active is priced at Rs 19,990 and is currently being sold on Amazon India and the Samsung India website. The Galaxy Watch Active was launched alongside the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e activity trackers. While the Galaxy Fit is a fitness band, the Galaxy Watch Active is a full-fledged smartwatch that touts a circular AMOLED display, a lot of health tracking features as well as exercise and sleep tracking, among other things. I review the Galaxy Watch Active to find out whether it is worth its price and how it compares to the Apple Watch Series 3, which is available for around Rs 30,000 in India.Galaxy Watch Active DesignThe Galaxy Watch Active looks quite minimal in its design compared to the Galaxy Watch. There’s no rotating bezel here that allows you to easily navigate the UI. You simply get a small circular body that feels much lighter on the wrist than the Galaxy Watch. It’s great if you’re looking for a sporty smartwatch that doesn’t look chunky and big, although some people do prefer that. Personally, I felt the Galaxy Watch Active was a bit too petite for my wrists as I’m used to wearing slightly bigger watches that can cover the surface area of my wrist, so the Active did feel weirdly small at first, but I got used to it. The silicone straps are extremely soft and makes the watch easy to wear continuously, even while sleeping.advertisement If you’ve been used to seeing Samsung offering rotating bezel on its smartwatch, you will miss it here. While you do get used to navigating by swiping the screen with your finger soon enough, the rotating bezel offered a convenient way to scroll through the UI and read messages or emails without covering the screen. And with a display as compact as this, you will find your finger covering a good portion of the display when scrolling.The Galaxy Watch Active comes in Black, Deep Green, Rose Gold and Silver colours. The unit I received was in Black, which is a pretty safe choice to go with. Black goes well with pretty much anything you wear, if you’re worried about the fashion aspect of it all, Not only is the metal body of the Galaxy Watch Active completely black, but so is the strap and the buttons on the side. Speaking about the buttons, you get two of them on the right side of the frame. The top button is kind of like the back/ home button which takes you to the previous page of an app or all the way back to the home screen. The bottom button brings up the app carousel that will show you all the preloaded and downloaded apps. The buttons themselves are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that clicky feel. It would have been nice if the buttons were a little more out there and pronounced, but it’s a minor gripe.Galaxy Watch Active DisplayThe Galaxy Watch Active sports a 1.1-inch circular Super AMOLED (360×360) screen with Gorilla Glass protection on top. The bezel around the screen is quite thick and that can make the display look even smaller than it already is. In comparison, the Galaxy Watch gets a 1.3-inch display while the Apple Watch Series 3 offers a bigger 1.65-inch screen. If you’re looking for a smartwatch to act as a proper alternative to your smartphone for texting and viewing notifications, the Galaxy Watch Active may feel inadequate. Once you get over the screen size, though, you’ll be satisfied with the display of the Galaxy Watch Active. It is a stunning display with colours that look rich and vibrant. The Active delivers good sharpness brightness levels so you won’t have any trouble reading the screen if you’re going for a run outdoors in daylight. The display is complimented with a colourful UI as well.Galaxy Watch Active Performance, Software and Fitness TrackingWhat makes navigating the UI a bit of task is that the Galaxy Watch Active runs on Tizen OS 4.0, which is actually designed for Samsung watches that come with a rotating bezel. The app drawer sees tiny apps arranged in a ring-like shape. This is perfectly designed for the rotating bezel as you would be able to select the app you want or rotate the bezel clockwise or anti-clockwise to move to the next page without needing to touch the display. On the Active, you will need to touch the screen and cover a portion of the display.advertisementYou get the usual set of Sansung apps on the Galaxy Watch Active like Calendar, Alarm, Weather, Bixby, Samsung Health and so on. The problem here is that you won’t be able to download more apps, and that’s quite limiting compared to competition like the Apple Watch. The Galaxy Store will only offer a handful of apps, which includes Spotify, but they aren’t a lot and not all of them work well in India. Tizen OS 4.0 feels extremely smooth and fluid and touch response is great. Swiping through the UI is easy and I didn’t encounter any lag or slow down at any point. I’m not a big fan of most of the watchfaces that come preloaded, but you do get the option to choose from over a thousand more via the Samsung Store. In this regard, I prefer the watchfaces on the Apple Watch as they look more attractive and offer more complications, allowing you to see more data on screen.Ultimately, the Galaxy Watch Active is about offering a simple, no-frills software experience for those who simply want a fitness-centric smartwatch. To that end, the Active offers a bunch of activity modes like Walking, Running, Swimming, Treadmill, Cycling, Hiking, Circuit Training, among others.I couldn’t try out all the activity modes, but I did use the Treadmill, Cycling, Running and Swimming (it is rated 5ATM for water resistance) modes on my workout days. I found that the smartwatch is often close to being accurate. A 3 km run on the treadmill would show up as 2.8 km on the watch, while a 15-lap swim session would be on point. You can also customise some of the activities such as setting a target distance for running or the length of the pool to get a more accurate reading.The Active will automatically detect a workout and will also pause a session if it feels you’re taking a break, but this doesn’t always work so well. The smartwatch also comes with sleep tracking and constant heart rate monitoring as well. It also comes with 4GB of internal storage with about half that’s usable to store some music for offline listening while you’re out for a run. The Galaxy Watch Active is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. I paired the Active with the iPhone XR and was able to see notifications. However, you won’t be able to reply to the notifications when paired with an iPhone. For a full notification experience that includes replying via text and emoticons, you will need to pair the Active with an Android device. For an even better experience, the Active should be paired with a Samsung smartphone as the watch offers the company’s own suit of apps like email and messaging.advertisementBixby is present on the Galaxy Watch Active, but I’ve rarely got it to understand my commands on the first attempt. Even simple ones like “Text Mom” or “Start a workout” would often be misheard, causing me to go manual instead. Similar commands work better using Siri on the Apple Watch Series 3.Galaxy Watch Active BatteryThe Galaxy Watch Active isn’t big on battery life. It will last you around two days and maybe a few more hours depending on your usage. It’s almost at par with the Apple Watch Series 3, maybe just a touch better. The Active comes with an Always On display, which will constantly display the time, but will significantly eat up battery life and will get you only a full day on a single changer. A wireless charge comes with the box that can be attached to an adapter. A 15W output will take around 2 hours to charge up the Active from zero to 100 per cent. The Watch Active will not work with any other Qi wireless charger, but you can charge it on the back of a Galaxy S10 phone, if you have one, or…Works with Samsung Wireless Power BankWhile testing the Galaxy Watch Active, I also thought it would be a good time to check out the 10,000mAh Samsung Wireless Power Bank, which the company launched only recently in India priced at Rs 3,699. The power bank can charge a device either through wired Adaptive Fast Charging method or by placing a device that supports Qi wireless charging standard on the surface of the power bank. I placed the Galaxy Watch Active on the power bank, which took around 3 hours to charge to 100 per cent. Wireless charging via the power bank is slow and it takes much longer to charge a smartphone like the iPhone XR. But the convenience of having a power bank that can be used as a wireless charging pad is worth it. Do note that the Samsung Wireless Power Bank will not charge the Apple Watch.Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active?The Galaxy Watch Active is a great option for Android users who aren’t looking for too much from a smartwatch. The Active comes with a few limitations such as the lack of third-party app support, smaller display and an unreliable Bixby. It also misses the rotating bezel that we have loved on previouos Samsung watches. But if you accept these limits, then there’s a lot to love about the Galaxy Watch Active.The lightweight design and soft silicone strap makes the Galaxy Watch Active one of the most comfortable smartwatches I have worn so far. You also get an attractive display, a number of workout routines and continuous heart rate monitoring, all at a pretty affordable price point.The Galaxy Watch Active is unlikely to be the first choice for iPhone users, but it should be for Android users looking for a good option under Rs 20,000. The Galaxy Watch Active is one of the better affordable smartwatches you can find. You do have options like Fitbit Versa, Fossil Sport and Huawei Watch GT that are priced lower, but the Active offers a nice mix of style, comfort and usability.Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review8/10ProsAttractive OLED displayComfortable and lightweightPlenty of activity modesConsNo rotating bezelLimited third-party app supportBixby not easy to uselast_img read more

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsWinnipeg police have narrowed down the timeline of events that led to the discovery of an Indigenous woman’s body in 2012.Police also say they have DNA evidence that could help confirm the person responsible for the unsolved murder.But a private investigator, hired by the 23-year-old’s grandmother, says the police investigation is seriously flawed.last_img

Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone during the team’s 24-17 win against the Cleveland Browns Sunday. With only Kyle Boller and former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was selected by the Raiders in the NFL’s supplemental draft on Aug. 22, on their roster, Oakland completed a Tuesday trade that brought former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer to the team. Pryor, Oakland’s No. 3 quarterback, may have a chance to lead the Raiders offense as a result of Campbell’s injury, but not this season. After being suspended for first five games of the Buckeyes’ 2011 season, Pryor departed OSU on June 7 to pursue a professional career, and was selected by Oakland in the third round of supplemental draft. Pryor was suspended from games and practices through Week 5 of the NFL season by commissioner Roger Goodell, and was not on the Raiders’ active roster for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Though Pryor will join the Raiders’ active roster this week for Oakland’s game against Kansas City, Vittorio Tafur, a Raiders beat writer for the San Fransisco Chronicle, said Pryor won’t be seeing the field any time soon. In addition to dropping on the team’s depth chart as a result of the trade for Palmer, Tafur said Pryor was nowhere close to being ready to play. “Palmer is going to come in and be the starter,” Tafur said. “Pryor missed five weeks on suspension with no practice time, so he probably goes back to being a project.” Tafur added that Pryor, who would be the third-string quarterback behind Palmer and Kyle Boller, will benefit from watching from the sideline. “That will give (Pryor) plenty of time to learn going into training camp next year,” he said. “I think this is probably good for (Pryor).” Kevin Noon, managing editor of Buckeyegrove.com, agreed with Tafur. “At this point I don’t see Pryor being a very viable option,” Noon said. “Could (Pryor) go in there and do a little something here or a little something there for a set or something? Sure, but the NFL game is not built the way the college game is.” Pryor quarterbacked for three seasons at OSU, though his entire junior season, which included a victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl, was vacated. Pryor, along with five other players, received improper benefits in the form of tattoos for selling OSU football memorabilia. Former coach Jim Tressel also failed to self-report the violations and knowingly fielded a team with ineligible players. Tafur said the Raiders won’t attempt to experiment with Pryor at other positions. “It’s been clear that the plan, as of now, is definitely quarterback (for Pryor),” Tafur said. “I think they’ll definitely give him a full training camp before they decide to alter that plan. I’m sure in the back of their minds, there’s always the possibility. As of now, Pryor is strictly a quarterback.” Noon added that there are no certainties, given Pryor’s employer. “But we are talking about the Oakland Raiders,” Noon said. “If there’s ever a team to sit there and kind of do things sideways, it would be the Raiders.” read more