Mooney Boats christen largest vessel in Donegal port for over 30 years

first_imgThere were celebrations in Killybegs last week as Mooney Boats Ltd successfully launched the largest vessel in the fishing port since 1980. The MFV Amethyst received its ceremonial launching on Saturday, September 28th from owner Ralston Johnston, with his wife Jane Johnston taking main stage at the launch party to christen the ship.Mr. Johnston and his family, from Gardenstown in Scotland, have operated fishing vessels in Fraserburgh for many years. Familiar with the quality of work previously produced by Mooney Boats, Mr. Johnston approached the yard in late 2017 to commission a new build prawn trawler then designated as Build 48.The significance of the new build was not taken lightly by Mooney Boats, at 20.25 Meters in length and 7.3 Meters in breadth the vessel would challenge the dense peninsula on which the boatyard workshop is located.After a successful launch, celebratory champagne was passed around to invited guests at the boatyard with a meal and complimentary drinks in the Tara Hotel.With the vessel now in the water the men and women of Mooney Boats are again working tirelessly to finish the now pier side MFV Amethyst, over the coming weeks. Mooney Boats christen largest vessel in Donegal port for over 30 years was last modified: October 10th, 2019 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

Facebook’s Graph Search = The Ultimate Online Dating Service?

first_imgtaylor hatmaker Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Online Dating Is BrokenOnline dating is a booming business – to the tune of $2.1 billion in early 2012 – but it’s also a broken one. According to the co-author of a meta-study of online dating outcomes, all of those mysterious romance recipes might just be leading us on. Eli Finkel, Associate Professor of Social Psychology at Northwestern University, summarizes the findings in “The Dubious Science Of Online Dating,” a takedown published in The New York Times: “[Online dating] sites tend to emphasize similarity on psychological variables like personality (e.g., matching extroverts with extroverts and introverts with introverts) and attitudes (e.g., matching people who prefer Judd Apatow’s movies to Woody Allen’s with people who feel the same way). The problem with this approach is that such forms of similarity between two partners generally don’t predict the success of their relationship.”Graph Search Could EvolveWill Graph Search evolve into something better? Facebook admits that it doesn’t really know how users will end up using any new product as it rolls out – and that includes Graph Search.In an ancient version of its FAQ, the company explained that this ambiguity was the exact idea behind everyone’s favorite retired-then-resurrected Facebook feature. “When we created the poke, we thought it would be cool to have a feature without any specific purpose,” said Zuckerberg. “People interpret the poke in many different ways, and we encourage you to come up with your own meanings.” Of course, Graph Search has many implications beyond the world of online dating, but it’s a pointed example of how Facebook’s third “pillar” casts a wide net. And true to recent form, the company intends to trawl up just about all the competition while it’s at it. Will users burned out on established online dating sites sculpt Graph Search into the next Match.com? Could be, and the one social network to rule them all apparently doesn’t mind casting a line in that direction. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#search#social networks The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit If you’ve ever run the virtual gauntlet of online dating, you’re well aware that most people are creepy. But the stigma of online dating is fast dissolving – and starting with Graph Search, Facebook is right there at the doorbell, tie straightened and bouquet of flowers in-hand. On Tuesday at a press event at its Menlo Park, California, headquarters, Facebook took the wraps off of its newest feature, a search engine for people, places, photos and interests within a user’s web of Facebook friends. During the presentation, Tom Stocky, Facebook Product Director, brought up one big use case that caught many off guard: online dating. “For single people, friends of friends tend to be a good start,” Stocky said. With Graph Search, you can query the social network for phrases like “friends of my friends who are female, like “Homeland” and are single” and get a custom-built singles search culled right from your own social graph. And since Facebook commands a pool of data as deep as it is wide, it has a lot of dirt on its one billion users – from the stuff they Like to the people they hang out with to their core demographic information like location, age, gender and sexual orientation.If Mark Zuckerberg were to take you out for a night on the town, he’d even know to order a bottle of that local pinot you love. (Graph Search, for all its other implications, is also the perfect pick-up line generator.)A Really, Really Big PhonebookSeemingly content with the fact that just about everyone who might consider signing up for an account is already a member, Facebook now wants to fuel more social discovery – connecting people online first, so they can connect offline. The dating use case is obvious, but Graph Search could also prove handy as a recruitment and job hunting tool, Facebook noted.“Mark says we’re going back to our roots,” a Facebook spokesperson told me following Tuesday’s announcement. “In the beginning… before we had News Feed, [Facebook] was like a directory service – you had to use it to find people. With News Feed it became way more about picking up with the people you already knew. And now we’re hoping that one of the things about [Graph Search], being the third pillar, is that people will start to find ways to make new connections, whether that is friends, people who share the same interests, dating, recruiting – whatever.”How Online Dating Sites Work NowDating sites like OKCupid, eHarmony and Match.com obsessively tinker with their romance recipes, but Facebook has a huge advantage: it already knows your friends. By eschewing the layered anonymity that’s the cornerstone of the online dating community, the social giant might have just tapped into key the secret ingredient. Sophisticated algorithms might not stand a chance against the insight and connections of the people we choose to surround ourselves with in real life – but they can try. Match.com pairs you up with so-called “behavior twins” behind the scenes and then nudges you toward the people that they’ve interacted with. Circl.es, another Web matchmaker, hooks into Facebook to use users’ real names and interests, but it blocks out your existing Facebook friends so you get only fresh faces – and not embarrassing encounters with exes.Hooking Up In The Early Days Of FacebookI signed up for Facebook on May 21, 2004. The social network, then still known as The Facebook, had just expanded to New York University, the ninth school it added (Harvard being the first). Before I arrived at college, I did something kind of creepy on the nascent social network. Using Facebook’s search tool, I hunted for NYU students who I might want to get to know – namely other female students who identified as “interested in women.”From my outpost in suburban Texas, I Friended some of them -others I just sort of observed at a distance. Facebook profiles were pretty open back then, but they didn’t have much info. Still, that sexual orientation tidbit in the Basic Information section was a telling one, and I wasn’t the only one using it to connect to people I’d later befriend (and later, er, “date”… in at least one instance). Because the Web makes winnowing the human population down to people who might consider sleeping with you in the first place a lot easier for those of us seeking same-sex partners, the LGBT population tends to be over-represented in online dating stats. But while sexual orientation may not have been salient to my straight classmates in the same way – plenty of them used Facebook to date too, back then.Before it was a running joke, we’re talking roughly eight years before Poke made its second coming as an app, meeting someone cute at a party and poking them the next day was just what you did (no, really, it was!). These days, Facebook isn’t really a social discovery engine in the same way. People still use it to hunt for potential partners – in fact, i’ve been asked on more than one date via Facebook in recent months by a friend of a Facebook friend – but usually that’s only after some sort of real-life encounter.last_img read more

Nitish Kumar hints at amending prohibition law

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday gave an indication of a possible amendment to the prohibition law to prevent its misuse, especially by government officials.“People in the government machinery are taking advantage of the provisions under prohibition law but they are under scanner…the poor and downtrodden who were earlier engaged in liquor business have been given alternative means of livelihood and are happy”, said Mr. Kumar while addressing a youth conference organized by JD(U) on the occasion of World Environment Day in Patna on Tuesday.Mr Kumar further said that he would keep reviewing every aspect of prohibition but “the matter of prohibition law is before Supreme Court now.”Earlier too, while introducing the prohibition law in April 2016, I had sought opinion and feedback from people and political parties too, Mr. Kumar said.“I’ve been regularly monitoring it as well…it has benefitted a large section of the society, especially the poor and downtrodden segment,” asserted Mr Kumar.Over 1 lakh arrested in two yearsAccording to the records, as many as 1,41,861 people have been arrested under the stringent prohibition law since April 2016 in the State. Over 8,000 are in jail.The police and excise department officials have conducted 7,62, 416 raids while 1,17, 283 cases have been lodged. Total 20.47 lakh litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and 9.25 lakh litres of country-made liquor have been seized.The stringent prohibition law has been under constant attack by opposition parties and a section of society but Mr Kumar said, “I’m willing to face all the criticism and consequences of my actions.”last_img read more