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Ireland weather: With Eireann predicting frigid weekend like snow amid concerns over Storm Arwen



Ireland weather: With Eireann predicting frigid weekend like snow amid concerns over Storm Arwen

Snow is expected to fall in parts of Ireland this weekend as Met Eireann forecasts freezing temperatures.

The national forecaster said Friday will be very cold as temperatures plummet to zero, while the tail of Storm Arwen brings very windy conditions.

Snow is expected in higher elevations, especially in the north, and conditions won’t be much different on Saturday.

Meanwhile, there are two separate Status Yellow wind warnings for Donegal, Mayo and Sligo. Each is in effect from 3 p.m. and ends early Saturday morning.

A forecaster said: “A cold, windy day with temperatures ranging from 6C to 9C. There will be widespread showers, some heavy, and as sleet and snow over hills and mountains, especially in the north. Winds from northwest to north will be fresh too strong and windy and will reach gale force on the coasts.

“Tonight temperatures will drop to between 0C and plus 2C and high winds will continue. There will be strong storms in the Irish Sea with fresh to strong northwest to north winds inland.

“The showers will be isolated for a while in coastal areas with long clearings elsewhere, later the showers will be more spread out through Connacht and Ulster and some will fall as sleet and snow over hills and mountains.

“High winds and cold weather will continue through Saturday with temperatures during the day between 3C and 6C. More showers will fall, some sleet again, mainly around the coastal areas and slightly wider through Ulster and Connacht with longer sunny spells in Munster and Leinster Winds will ease later in the day.

“Winds will become mostly weak to the west on Saturday night with the lowest temperatures between -2C and plus 2C early in the night. It will be dry first with clear weather. In the west, more clouds will develop with early rain along the western coasts At night it slowly spreads through Munster and Connacht. The east remains dry and cold with temperatures rising in the west.”

It will remain cold on Sunday, especially in Leinster, with no more snow forecast at the moment.

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Monday will be quite mild with temperatures between 7C and 10C.

The forecaster added: “The east of the country will remain cold on Sunday, with higher temperatures returning to the western parts. It will be cloudy and dull for a while with occasional rain, then clearing up with sunny spells, the best in the east.

“Winds will be weak from the south or variable in the east and will freshen over Munster and Connacht from the northwest.

“Tempers will be between 9C and 11C in Munster and Connacht and between 3C and 5C in Leinster and Ulster.”



Over 1.3 Lakh Shortlisted Candidates for Tier-2 & 3, Check Cutoff Category by Category (Download PDF)




Over 1.3 Lakh Shortlisted Candidates for Tier-2 & 3, Check Cutoff Category by Category (Download PDF)

SSC CGL 2020-21 Tier-1 Result Analysis: Get the detailed analysis of SSC CGL Tier-1 2020-21 results and cut-off marks for different posts in different categories.

SSC CGL 2020-21 Tier-1 Result Analysis: SSC has announced the results of the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Tier-1 2020-21 Exam held from 13e August to 24e August 2021 in online mode. Staff Selection Commission is conducting SSC CGL exam this year for the recruitment of: 7035 Vacancies under Group “B” and Group “C” Functions – Inspector/Sub-Inspector, Auditor, Accountant/Junior Accountant, Senior Secretariat Assistant/Upper Division Clerks, Tax Assistant, Upper Division Clerk (UDC), Assistant Section Officer, Junior Statistical Officer , and so forth.

SSC CGL 2020-21 Tier-1 Boundary Markers

Based on grades obtained in Tier-I exam, candidates have been shortlisted, by category, to appear in Tier-II and Tier-III exams. Separate limits have been set for the positions of Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Accounts Officer (List-1), Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) (List-2) and all other positions (List-3).

As the Tier-I computer-based exam was conducted in multiple shifts, the marks scored by the candidates have been normalized according to the formula published by the Commission on its website on 07/02/2019. Such an normalized characters have been used to qualify candidates for the subsequent stages of the exam (i.e. Tier-II and Tier-III).

Check SSC CGL Messages, Salary, Job Profile and Promotion Policy:

Check Intelligence Bureau ASO Job Profile, Salary Scale & Promotions

Check ASO Central Secretariat Service (CSS) Job Profile, Salary, Promotion & Placement Details

Check SSC Junior Statistical Officer (JSO): Job Profile, Salary Scale & Promotions

Check CBI Sub Inspector Job Profile, Salary Scale, Training & Promotions

Check National Investigation Agency (NIA) Sub-Inspector Job Profile, Salary Scale & Promotions

Check Central Bureau of Narcotics Inspector & SI Job Profile, Salary Scale, Training & Promotions

Check SSC CGL Tax Assistant CBIC & CBDT Minimum Age / Salary / Job Profile / Promotion

Check SSC CGL Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in Railways Job Profile, Salary Scale & Promotion

Check Post Inspector eligibility, job profile salary, promotion and placement details

Let’s take a look at the category-by-category details of candidates who have provisionally qualified for Tier-2 & 3 and the limits applied for each category in the tables below:

SSC CGL 2020-21 Result: Candidates Qualified in Tier-I for entry into Tier-II (Paper-I and Paper-II) & Tier-III

*In addition to the UR candidates shown above, 3275-SC, 1014-ST, 19684-OBC, 7446-EWS, 93-ESM, 138-OH, 10-HH, 67-VH and 4-Others PwD candidates qualifying at UR Cut-off are listed under their respective categories.

SSC CGL 2020-21 Result: Candidates Qualified in Tier-I for entry into Tier-II [Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-IV (General Studies (Finance & Accounts))] & Level III

*In addition to the UR candidates shown above, 42-SC, 15-ST, 779-OBC, 503-EWS, 2-OH, and 1-HH candidates eligible for the UR cut-off are listed under their respective categories.

SSC CGL 2020-21 Result: Candidates Qualified in Tier-I for entry into Tier-II [Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III (Statistics)]

*In addition to the UR candidates shown above, 182-SC, 48-ST, 2119-OBC, 1183-EWS, and 9-OH candidates eligible for UR Cut-off are listed under their respective categories.

Note: Only those candidates are eligible for List-2 who applied for the position of JSO in their online application forms.

Also read: Common Eligibility Test (CET) by National Recruitment Agency (NRA) for SSC/Railways RRB/IBPS Bank 2021 Exams

How to Check SSC CGL Tier-1 2020-21 Result?

Qualified/unqualified candidates tags and final answer keys along with the question paper(s) in a standard format are hosted on 3rd December 2021 on the Commission’s website – Candidates can check their grades from 3rd Dec 2021 to 24e December 2021 by using his/her registration number/role number and registered password.

SSC CGL 2020-21 Tier-2 & Tier-3 Exam Dates and Admission Card

The Combined Graduate Level (Tier-II and Tier-III) exam, 2020 is tentatively scheduled from 28e January 2022 to 29e January 2022 and 6e February 2022 respectively, subject to applicable government terms and guidelines issued from time to time with a view to addressing the Covid-19 pandemic. The admission slips of the qualified candidates will be uploaded on the websites of the respective regional offices approximately 03 – 07 days before the Tier II exam is administered.


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Government ignored 2013 warnings over national lottery sale




Government ignored 2013 warnings over national lottery sale

The Fine Gael-Labour government ignored warnings in 2013 that the sale of the then National Lottery for €500 million could have serious consequences.

The National Lottery, which is under heavy pressure due to the difficulty of winning the jackpot, was sold to fund the National Children’s Hospital.

The deal was opposed in the Seanad by independent Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell, who warned it would net a €500 million bonus for “the swagmen, the looters and bootymen.”

The Fine Gael-Labour government ignored warnings in 2013 that the sale of the then National Lottery for €500 million could have serious consequences. Photo: Shutterstock

She said An Post would be “replaced by private sector companies and consortia, gaming and gambling organizations…who only make big bids on assets if they think they can make more money later on.”

She said the losers would be the public, noting that the lottery was “the people’s money.” It comes from the bottom of their pockets. It’s their lottery. It’s not yours.’

The senator was supported by Thomas Byrne of Fianna Fáil, who said: “It is generally the case with lotteries around the world that they remain in their own territory and are seen as a sign of nationality.”

EuroMillions Lottery Galway Station
The National Lottery, which is under heavy pressure due to the difficulty of winning the jackpot, was sold to fund the National Children’s Hospital. Photo: Shutterstock

There are now problems on two fronts as the National Lottery faces a pre-Christmas grilling by the mighty Joint Committee on Finance, Public Spending and Reform. Committee chair John McGuinness said the plan is to bring in the National Lottery before Christmas to answer questions.

‘We’re going to grill them on the numbers. What is the current level of profitability, what is the revenue, how much does the treasury get and what is the wages of those who run it? They have to explain how they turned the Lotto into a casino, falsifying the odds against the gambler.”

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Growing battle with TikTok, Facebook to test ‘Facebook Reels’ in US – TechCrunch




Growing battle with TikTok, Facebook to test 'Facebook Reels' in US - TechCrunch

Reels Coming to Facebook in the US The company announced this morning that it will be testing a new feature, Facebook Reels, that will allow Facebook users to create and share short video content directly in the news feed or in Facebook groups. The addition is an extension of tests launched earlier this year in India, Mexico and Canada that focused on bringing short videos to Facebook users, including by sharing existing Instagram roles on Facebook, as was reported.

In addition, Facebook today says it will also test a new feature that will give Instagram creators in the US the ability to feature their Instagram roles as featured content on Facebook. When the creators sign up, their videos will appear in the “Reels” section of users’ news feed, alongside other roles created on Facebook.

There will be many places for users to create roles from Facebook when the new feature launches.

Initially, you can tap the “Create” button in the “Reels” section that appears when browsing the News Feed while looking at reels, or tap “Reels” at the top of your News Feed. From here, users gain access to a standard set of creation tools, including those for video recording, music selection, film roll import, timed text, and more — just like you would access on Instagram.

For audio, you can pick a song from Facebook’s music library, record your own original audio, or even use someone else’s audio, if their roles are set to “public.” There’s also a variety of effects and editing tools to choose from, including a timer for hands-free reel recording, tools to speed up or slow down a portion of the video or your original audio, and some augmented reality effects created. by Facebook or third-party developers.

Facebook told us that for now “most” features of Instagram Reels will also be available on Facebook Reels. But other features — like Remix (it’s a take on TikTok’s side-by-side videos called Duets) — will be added over time as the test scales to more people. The UI for Reels may also evolve over time to look slightly different from Reels on Instagram, depending on user feedback.

After a reel is created, you can choose who to share it with, such as “Friends”, a specific audience such as “Friends except…” or the general audience. The latter is the default setting.

The feature will be made available within Facebook groups, where roles can be created and then shared with members of the community with similar interests.

Users can also choose to tap “My Roles” to view past creations. And you can browse those created by others in the News Feed and in certain groups and pages – where you can like, comment on, or share them, just like any other type of post. Roles will now also appear in search results, Facebook told us.

Like much of what appears on Facebook, Reels is recommended to users based on what people are interested in, what they are up to, and what is generally popular. This applies to both the shared Instagram roles and the Facebook roles.

Image Credits: Facebook (roles in groups)

The company explained that the decision to replicate the Reels product within Facebook is the result of growing consumer interest in video, especially short video. Today, video accounts for nearly half of all time spent on Facebook. on Facebook’s latest revenue call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that Reels was “already the biggest contributor to Instagram engagement growth,” given the popularity of short video.

“We’re very focused on making it easy for everyone to create videos and then watch those videos across all our different services, starting with Facebook and Instagram,” he had told investors.

But Facebook also understands that people have different communities and audiences on Instagram and Facebook, so offering a cross-posting option may not have been enough.

For existing Reels creators who still want to tap into Facebook’s general audience, a new option will allow them to ensure their Reels are shared on Facebook. This can be useful for those who have more general interest Reels content.

These shared roles also display the creator’s Instagram username, which could help them build a following. The creators’ roles can also be remixed, with the creator’s permission, and their original audio can be reused in other people’s roles, just like on TikTok.

This feature will also be introduced as a “test,” Facebook said.

While Instagram is already starting to monetize through ads, Facebook told us that Reels on Facebook doesn’t currently have ads. But “we plan to roll out ads in the future,” a Facebook spokesperson added.

Image Credits: Facebook (Share Instagram roles with Facebook opt-in flow)

Reels, Facebook’s Answer to the Growing Threat of TikTok, First launched a year ago to a worldwide audience. This launch alone wasn’t enough to put Instagram in the top spot as the world’s most downloaded mobile app. in 2020, that victory went to TikTok, after years of Facebook apps dominating the top lists. And TikTok continues to top the App Store charts today, both in terms of app installs and consumer spending, according to multiple third-party reports.

For Facebook, TikTok poses an existential threat to its business. If users’ time and attention is diverted elsewhere, Facebook’s advertisers can follow, impacting Facebook’s bottom line. So instead of competing with TikTok in just one app, Facebook now uses two. And it takes advantage of the interoperability of its apps to ensure that the best content can flow to both places with ease.

The company also invests directly in the maker community in hopes of tipping the scales back in the right direction.

In July, the company announced a plan to invest more than $1 billion in creators on both Facebook and Instagram through 2022. This fund will reward more than just the creators of Reels, to be clear, as it will also pay out bonuses for videos with in-stream ads enabled or for enabling IGTV ads among others. It will also reward the best creators who have invited fans to send them tips in the form of a virtual currency, “stars”. But Instagram Reels, and now Facebook Reels, will be included in that initiative.

Today, Facebook said it will announce additional bonus programs and seed funding in the coming months that will pay out bonuses for Reels on Facebook. These will be funded from that $1 billion commitment. The company declined to share details on this front, but this news alone indicates that Facebook Reels is much more than just “a test” in Facebook’s eyes.

The new features of Facebook Reels will start rolling out in the US starting today, August 19. It will be available first to a “small percentage” of US users on iOS and Android.

The feature will also remain active in India, Mexico and Canada.

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