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first_imgChildren in Donegal Town are being encouraged to enter Specsavers’ nationwide writing competition, which celebrates its sponsorship of the Junior and Senior Irish Children’s Book of the Year categories at the An Post Irish Book Awards.Inspired by a cartoon drawing of a young boy and his dog who discover magic glasses, children in Donegal Town are being asked to create a short story, no longer than 500 words, beginning with the sentence; ‘I found some magic glasses…’Speaking about the competition, store director at Specsavers Donegal Town, Eddie Dolan says: “We are delighted to, once again, sponsor the children’s categories at the An Post Irish Book Awards this year as well as launch this fantastic competition. “It is a great opportunity for budding authors in Donegal Town to show their writing talents. Children have the most wonderfully creative imaginations, so we are very excited to see what corners of the universe their stories take us to this year.”The competition is open to children and teenagers up to 16 years of age. The winner of each category will win €1,000 for their school library along with all of the shortlisted children’s titles for 2019 and will also win the shortlisted children’s titles for themselves.Be sure to use as much creativity and imagination as possible and remember to give your short story a title, staple it to the application form and detail your name, address, age and a contact number for you and your guardian. Specsavers Donegal Town launch writing competition as part of the An Post Irish Book Awards was last modified: November 8th, 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


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Family fun and a connection to rural Ohio are just two of the many reasons for visitors to stop by the Land and Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 26 to Aug. 6. Presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nationwide, the exhibit demonstrates agriculture’s link to everyday life. Visitors to the exhibit, located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort building, can participate in a variety of interactive opportunities such as playing with local rescue dogs, learning about nutrition in the reimagined grocery store display and watching chicks and turkeys come out of their shells. The ever-popular Country Cruise pedal tractors are back for children to enjoy, as is the augmented reality sandbox, a water quality learning tool that made its successful debut last year. Throughout the building, everyone can enjoy learning about Ohio’s crops, animals and other important areas of Ohio agriculture. Families can also have a commemorative picture taken, compliments of OFBF and Nationwide. In addition, the Land and Living Exhibit activities include the Country Connection stage that will feature demonstrations such as agriscience experiments, local entertainment, visits from Columbus Zoo animals and more. Squash carver Gus Smithhisler will be back again this year to carve giant squash weighing more than 600 pounds each on July 26, 29, 31 and Aug. 2. A joint Ohio House and Senate Ag Committee Hearing will be held Aug. 1.This year the OFBF grocery store inside the Land and Living Exhibit is more interactive than ever. Building on last year’s display, children can go through this child-sized store and pick out their own groceries. This exhibit for youth provides the opportunity to learn more about putting together complete, quality meals. Each child who visits the grocery leaves with a goodie bag.“With so many exciting activities, the Land and Living Exhibit is informational and interactive for all ages,” said Abby Pozderac, OFBF intern. “We hope visitors leave with a better understanding of the many facets of agriculture in Ohio.”The Land and Living Exhibit is supported by the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the Ohio Expositions Commission. Last year, the exhibit attracted an estimated 300,000 state fair visitors. The Land and Living Exhibit is located east of the giant slide and across from the south entrance to the midway. All exhibits in the building are free.last_img read more


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Apple#AR#Augmented Reality#eye tracking#SensoMotoric Instruments Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces David Currycenter_img Apple has reportedly acquired SensoMotoric Instruments, a German eye-tracking and augmented reality company, for an undisclosed amount.SensoMotoric was founded in 1991 and primarily builds eye tracking hardware and software for industrial and commercial use. On its website, the company said its solutions can be deployed across a wide range of fields, including clinical research, neuroscience, VR, and AR.See Also: Eye tracking in VR/AR: The promise and the perilsMacRumors originally broke the news, revealing the trail that went from SensoMotoric to Apple. Like most of Apple’s small acquisitions, it did not publicize the acquisition, giving the same terse reply:“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”It also did not purchase the company through official channels, instead using a shell corporation called Vineyard Capital Corporation to complete the acquisition. Gene Levoff, vice president of corporate law at Apple, signed business documents for Vineyard Capital, in relation to the acquisition.If that wasn’t enough, SensoMotoric has made some classic post-Apple-purchase moves, including the removal of blog entries, content disappearing from the website, and shutting support channels.Augmented reality is the next stepping stone for Apple and rumors of AR glasses have been swirling for the past year. CEO Tim Cook has kept excitement high, stating that AR could be as big as mobile and it is investing a lot of time into the new technology.Apple launched ARkit at WWDC 2017, a framework for app developers to build AR apps for the iPad. IKEA is one of the launch partners, planning to launch a revamped AR app that places realistic 3D models of furniture inside homes. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more


first_imgzoom Danish A.P. Møller Mærsk group (Maersk) has secured clearance from the European Commission for its proposed creation of a joint venture with the U.S.-based IT expert International Business Machines (IBM).The blockchain joint venture was announced in January this year targeting the development and commercialization of a new digitization solution intended to provide end to end shipment visibility and document management for the global trade.“The commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns given the limited overlap between the joint venture’s digitization solution and the companies’ activities,” the commission said.The duo said that the platform would be designed for use by the entire global shipping ecosystem and address the need for greater transparency and simplicity in the movement of goods across borders and trading zones.In addition, the blockchain technology solution aims to cut transport costs of goods.The new platform would also employ other cloud-based open source technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), IoT and analytics, in order to help companies move and track goods digitally across international borders.The new company, which will be set up in New York, initially plans to commercialize two core capabilities:– A shipping information pipeline which will provide end-to-end supply chain visibility to enable all actors involved in managing a supply chain to securely and seamlessly exchange information about shipment events in real time.– Paperless Trade, which will digitize and automate paperwork filings by enabling end-users to securely submit, validate and approve documents across organizational boundaries, ultimately helping to reduce the time and cost for clearance and cargo movement.Maersk and IBM expect to secure regulatory clearances by the end of the first half of 2018.last_img read more

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