first_imgMOTORISTS are being warned to take extra care on the roads today after overnight temperatures in Co Donegal fell to -3C.There are also reports of freezing fog in some areas of the county this morning.Donegal County Council and Gardai have appealed to drivers to slow down, especially on untreated secondary roads. Met Eireann says the cold settled spell will continue through until the weekend with sub-zero temperatures by night and temperatures by day of around 6C or 7C by day.It will be bright and sunny for most of the week.So if you’re out and about, send us your pix to  CAUTION URGED ON ROADS AS ICE AND FOG RETURNS was last modified: January 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CAUTION URGED ON ROADS AS ICE RETURNSlast_img read more


first_imgEIGHT Gardai due to take on anti-crime duties in Donegal today have been diverted to a protest at council HQ in Lifford.Around 30 DAAA protestors stormed a council meeting earlier.They’ve since been told to leave the building – or stay quietly inside the small council chamber. Councillors are trying to complete their January meeting which was adjourned twice.Protestors shouted and blew whistles forcing the meeting to be adjourned (yet again). EIGHT GARDAI TAKEN AWAY FROM ANTI-CRIME DUTIES TO DEAL WITH LIFFORD PROTEST was last modified: February 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:EIGHT GARDAI TAKEN AWAY FROM ANTI-CRIME DUTIES TO DEAL WITH LIFFORD PROTESTlast_img read more


first_img19th Donegal (Lifford) Beaver Scout Kyle Keys looking afeter his younger sister during the Errigal Scout County Beaver Scout Camp. ((c) North West Newspix)12th Donegal (Manorcunningham) Scout Group hosted this years Errigal Scout County annual Beaver Scout Camp at Galdonagh. Over 100 eager Beaver Scouts and their leaders attended the action packed weekend camp.Despite the sometimes torrential rain and the odd rattle of thunder everyone had a great time, learning new scouting skills, learning about nature, indeed the theme of this years camp was “Errigal Zoo” and all those attending had to dress up as a Zoo animal and learn something about it.Thirsty weather this camping lark. ((c) North West Newspix)They were also treated to a traditional Scout Campfire singsong, led by young Venture Scout Christopher Kelly. After the Campfire all enjoyed a BBQ of burgers and sizzling sausages before it was bedtime. These are special memories for the young 6yrs to 8 yr old Beaver Scouts and hopefully the friendships and experiences will be with them for many years.The organising team from 12th Donegal (Manorcunningham) led by Dara and Raymond Coll would like to thank all those helped in any way to the success of the Camp.They would especially like to thank the Hayes family who kindly permitted the use of the field, and also the Scouts and Venture Scouts for all their hard work before and during the event.Beaver Scouts and their leader enjoying sunshine during a wee hike. ((c) North West Newspix)  Now where did those other scout and beavers go? Being creative at Camp. ((c) North West Newspix) New friends playing at the Beaver Scout Camp. ((c) North West Newspix) Fishing for prizes. ((c) North West Newspix) It takes three scouts to shot a bow during a demonstration of archery at the Beaver Scout Camp. ((c) North West Newspix) Beaver Scout Camp Chief Raymond Coll shows this young Killybegs Beaver Scout how to use a compass. ((c) North West Newspix) Two veteran Scouters Tony Smith (Killybegs) and Geradline Coughlin (Donegal Town) with more years service than they care to rememeber enjoying a relaxing camp. ((c) North West Newspix) Errigal Scout County Beaver Scout Camp “Errigal Zoo” 19th Donegal (Lifford) Beaver Scouts who were Monkeys for the weekend. ((c) North West Newspix) 7th Donegal (Killybegs) Beaver Scouts who were Snakes for the weekend. ((c) North West Newspix) I have a great tail to tell from the scouting and beaver weekend! 19th Donegal (Lifford) Beaver Scout leader Lisa McGuire with two young Beaver Scouts enjoying the outdoor cooking experience. ((c) North West Newspix) THUNDER AND LIGHTING FAILS TO SHOCK ANNUAL ERRIGAL SCOUT GATHERING – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: June 8th, 2014 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:beaversdonegalmanorcunninghamScoutslast_img read more

Public urged to be on their guard after women lose £20K in online scam

first_imgPolice in Northern Ireland are urging the public to be vigilant after a Derry woman lost more than £20,000 in an online romance scam.The report was made to police on Tuesday, October 15.It was reported that the woman met the man, who claimed to be a soldier, online and after a period of time he asked her for money claiming his account was frozen. The conman subsequently persuaded the woman to give him her online banking details, which he used to send money to various individuals.The fraudster also persuaded the woman to give him other personal details so he could obtain further money from her.In total, the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, lost just over £20,500.Enquiries are continuing to establish what, if any of this money, can be recovered. Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said: “No matter how big or small the amount of money is that a victim loses, every loss is felt by those targeted.“However, this scam, where a victim has been swindled out of a significant amount of money, shows why it’s so important for people to be vigilant.“This woman trusted this man who unfortunately was only after one thing – her money.“That is devastating for her.“If anything, this is a stark reminder of why it is so important for families to have conversations with their loved ones about scams.” Chief Superintendent Walls added: “We continue to receive reports of fraud on a regular basis, for example, as recently as Tuesday (15th October) we had a report of a person being contacted by people claiming to represent HMRC and telling them they owed money.“Thankfully no money was lost.“When it comes to scams, our message is simple – never ever disclose your personal or banking details to anyone over the phone or online, no matter how convincing they sound to you. Advertisement “Never disclose them to any unauthorised person or allow anyone access to them via your computer.”Public urged to be on their guard after women lose £20K in online scam was last modified: October 19th, 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

Was this Warriors’ Oracle finale? If so, Raptors and fans sure ruined it

first_imgThis wasn’t supposed to be the way for the Warriors and their fans to say goodbye to Oracle Arena.Not only did the Warriors lose for the second straight time at home with Friday night’s stunning 105-92 NBA Finals Game 4 loss, the lasting image of their fabled building may be a sea of red.A couple thousand Raptors fans stuck around well after Toronto moved within one win of its first NBA title and serenaded themselves with chants of “We The North” and a raucous rendition of O Canada.That’s …last_img read more

Women flourish in construction

first_img17 August 2007South Africa’s once male-dominated construction industry has become attractive – and lucrative – for women, says Ingrid Verwey, specialist in contractor development at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and founder of the South African Women in Construction Association.Verwey said in a statement this week that the association’s database of women contractors had grown from 60 at its inception in 1999 to over 2 000.A 2005 survey commissioned by the body had revealed that, in Gauteng province alone, the association boasted seven member companies involved with in million-rand deals, 13 medium-sized construction companies owned and managed by women and 43 smaller companies that were gender-compliant.Women building houses in GautengEarlier this month, Gauteng Premier Mbazima Shilowa said that, since 2004, the provincial government had awarded tenders worth over R359-million to women-owned companies for the construction of thousands of houses.And this week, 50 houses built by three women-owned companies – Ndilekaluzuko cc, Kopano Creative Concepts and L&R Welding and Suppliers – were handed over to beneficiaries of the Gauteng government’s Doornkop Thulani Housing Project in Soweto.Gauteng Housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane, who handed over the houses, said the companies were three of 10 women-owned firms awarded contracts worth around R200-million by her department in 2006.Skills developmentRealised that there was a need to build capacity and management skills for women in the industry, Verwey established the SA Women in Construction Association (Sawic) in 1999.The association works closely with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the Industrial Development Trust (IDT) and government departments to build up skills, create career opportunities, and provide networking platforms for women in construction.Skills development and business training courses are run throughout the year at the DBSA and by service providers such as PPC, the Cement and Concrete Institute, Rocla and Plascon.Sawic also conducts monthly provincial workshops to enhance the capacity of women in the construction industry.Verwey acknowledges that Sawic is in competition with other “women in construction” organisations, saying she believes that cooperation among these organisations is key to improving women’s working conditions in the reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mobile Cloud Computing: $9.5 Billion by 2014

first_imgAccording to the latest study from Juniper Research, the market for cloud-based mobile applications will grow 88% from 2009 to 2014. The market was just over $400 million this past year, says Juniper, but by 2014 it will reach $9.5 billion. Driving this growth will be the adoption of the new web standard HTML5, increased mobile broadband coverage and the need for always-on collaborative services for the enterprise. Cloud Apps in your PocketMobile cloud computing is a term that refers to an infrastructure where both the data storage and the data processing happen outside of the mobile device from which an application is launched. To the typical consumer, a cloud-based mobile application looks and feels just like any app purchased or downloaded from a mobile application store like iTunes. However, the app is driven from the “cloud,” not from the handheld device itself. There are already a few well-known mobile cloud apps out there including Google’s Gmail and Google Voice for iPhone. When launched via iPhone homescreen shortcuts, these apps perform just like any other app on the iPhone, but all of their processing power comes from the cloud. In the future, there will be even more applications like these available, but they won’t necessarily be mobilized web sites like those in Google’s line-up. Cloud-based mobile apps are perfectly capable of being packaged in a way that allows them to be sold alongside traditional mobile apps in mobile application stores, with no one but the developers any wiser. HTML5 Paves the Way for Mobile Web’s FutureEarlier this year, ABI Research released a future-watching report called Mobile Cloud Computing which comes to many of the same conclusions as the new Juniper Research report. Where they both agree is on how HTML5 technology and the mobilized enterprise will help drive this trend forward. Specifically, HTML5, the proposed standard for the next version web markup language (the core language used to create the web), offers offline data caching. That means cloud-based mobile apps can behave just like their device-based cousins: when the Internet connection goes down, the app still works. In addition, HTML5-enabled apps resuming from cached mode only pull down the data from the server that changed during the time they were offline. That reduces server load which is a critical need in delivering mobile apps to developing nations and other regions where network coverage and connectivity is poor. Enterprise Drives Mobile GrowthLike the earlier report from ABI, Juniper also sees the enterprise as a major force behind the move to the cloud. 75% of the mobile cloud-based application market is enterprise, notes the report. Mobile apps allow corporate users to access company data, share files, collaborate on projects and more via their smartphones. This business need will help fund the growth and development of the mobile cloud-based app market. However, although enterprise will drive this growth, consumer-oriented apps will benefit, too. Over the next four years, these apps will comprise an increasing proportion of the total revenues with business plans that involve subscription-based content and mobile advertising.The Power of the Cloud: ScaleFinally, the Juniper Report notes that the processing power of the cloud itself is also key to the future of mobile. Cloud-based mobile apps can scale far beyond the capabilities of any smartphone. Instead of being limited to the data storage and processing power contained in a mobile device, cloud apps have all the power of a server-based computing infrastructure accessible through an app’s mobile interface. This not only allows owners of low-cost “feature phones” (non-smartphones) the ability to access the same mobile applications used on more advanced platforms, it also allows the apps themselves to become more powerful and capable of more. Cloud Apps in Relation to the Mobile Marketplace What’s interesting about the dollar amount assigned to this trend – $9.5 billion by 2014 – is how that number compares to other analyst estimates for the mobile application store business as a whole. At the beginning of this year, Gartner researchers estimated that the app store businesses would generate nearly $7 billion this year and would reach $29.5 billion by 2013. Assumingly, it will grow even more by 2014 when the mobile cloud-based application market is expected to near $9.5 billion. In light of that comparison, the mobile cloud-based application trend seems impactful but perhaps less disruptive to the market as whole as is being purported. It appears there will still be plenty of room for both traditional, device-based apps and mobile cloud-based apps in the near future.  Tags:#Analysis#cloud computing#mobile#NYT#Trends#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Resisting the Allure of Small Wind Turbines

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Wind turbines have a hypnotic allure. The Siren call of carbon-neutral electricity has led many environmentalists to dream of owning a backyard wind turbine.Unfortunately, small wind turbines, unlike utility-scale wind turbines, are rarely cost-effective, even when installed at a good site. Installed at an average site, a wind turbine is little more than an expensive toy.Most renewable energy consultants can share tales of small wind turbines that have disappointed their owners due to low energy production or frequent maintenance problems. That’s why it’s so important for wind-besotted greenies to do their homework before going turbine shopping.Wind-generated electricity isn’t cheapEven homeowners blessed with a fairly good wind site pay a steep price for wind-generated electricity.One of only a handful of successful net-zero-energy homes in the U.S. is one owned by David Pill and Hillary Maharam of Charlotte, Vermont. Although most descriptions of their prize-winning house note that their 10-kW Bergey wind turbine generated more electricity during a 12-month period than the family used, few noted that their electricity is very expensive.During its first year of operation, their wind turbine produced 6,286 kWh of electricity — worth about $627 at the current retail rate of $0.10 per kWh. That means that the $40,500 wind turbine will have a simple payback period of about 64 years. Unfortunately, the turbine is unlikely to last that long.The same amount of electricity could have been generated by a 6-kW PV system, which the Pills could have installed for $30,000. Since their home was built, the price of PV has dropped; in 2013, a 6-kW system could be installed for $24,000 or less. (For a somewhat different payback analysis, see David Pill’s comment of 09/12/2011, posted in the comment section below this article.)“In a good site, wind will be marginally cheaper than PV,” said… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Boulder County’s Modular, Low-Income Housing Experiment

first_imgPublic housing in Colorado’s Boulder County not only took a green turn in 2009, it took a turn toward energy efficient modular construction.By late October, in the town of Lafayette, the county’s Housing & Human Services division had unveiled the tangible results of its Paradigm Pilot Project: a modular single-family home and adjacent duplex manufactured by project partner All American Homes and designed to deliver near net-zero-energy performance. As noted in a story recently posted by the Daily Camera, the long-term performance of the buildings and the collaborations and initiatives that brought the project to life could have significant implications for similar county projects in the future.“This was an experiment to see how well this comes together,” Scott Simkus, developer for the county’s housing department, told the Daily Camera. “This is the first time the factory has built a near-zero-energy project.”In addition to having well-insulated exterior walls and roofs, the Paradigm Pilot homes are sited to take advantage of passive solar gain and are supported by solar power and ground-source heat pump systems whose design allows the systems to be scaled up for larger modular-construction projects.The county also used Paradigm Pilot as a training vehicle for unskilled workers and partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, HB&A Architects, Farnsworth Group, Lighthouse Solar, Major Geothermal, and All American Homes on a range of project priorities, from design to construction protocols to performance testing.last_img read more

Twitter Loses Another Exec in Asia

first_imgParminder Singh, who oversaw the business in India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East for the past three years, today announced that he is moving on to pastures new within the next month. Related Itemslast_img