December 24, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgCllr. Jimmy Kavanagh has welcomed the introduction on a national basis of the digital voucher scheme to help Donegal businesses trade online.Cllr Jimmy KavanaghFrom the 1st of July 2014, small businesses throughout Ireland can apply to the Government for digital vouchers to help their businesses trade online.One thousand trading online vouchers will be available for qualifying businesses through the network of 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) between now and the end of 2014 with more on offer next year. Businesses will be able to apply for grants of up to €2500 as the Government has allocated €5 million for the rollout of the trading online voucher scheme.The Letetrkenny-based county councillor said “This scheme has been successfully piloted in Dublin City, and six months on, early research into the business outcomes are promising.”Key findings to date are:• 7 out of 10 companies said that the voucher application process has already helped them in determining how online trading would fit into their business. • 70% of companies see more customer inquiries, 55% have had more sales.• Most companies are primarily trading domestically, but export expectations have increased with business expecting to get 30% of sales from export markets within 6 months. The UK is by far the most important export market initially.• Business owners and staff are devoting more time to trading online. 60% expect to need to recruit with 12 months.“These initial indications are positive, and show that the scheme has the potential to help small businesses grow their business, widen their markets and increase their sales and profits, and in the long term hopefully increase local employment opportunities” Cllr. Kavanagh said.The Local Enterprise Offices were chosen as an ideal partner to deliver the Trading Online Voucher Scheme, as they are focussed on getting business supports directly into the communities where small businesses operate. The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is a new ‘product’ for these new organisations. The voucher scheme is an initiative under the National Digital Strategy, the digital part of the economy in Ireland is growing at 16% per year – that is just over 5 times the rate of growth of the rest of the economy, so the potential for online trading is obvious.“It was also announced this week that Letterkenny will be one of 50 towns to benefit from the €450 million deal between ESB and Vodafone to provide high speed broadband over the ESB’s electricity cables, this is more good news for consumers and for the potential growth of digital opportunities in the county, it is hoped that this initiative will be rolled out in the second phase to other towns and villages in the county,” Cllr. Kavanagh concluded.ONLINE VOUCHER SCHEME A WELCOME MOVE FOR DONEGAL BUSINESSES – KAVANAGH was last modified: July 4th, 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:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghdonegalonline digital voucherslast_img read more

David Ross Patient: “ARVs need to be taken daily”

December 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_img“Today, still, it’s ignorance that perpetuates the stigma and discrimination against those with HIV,” David Ross Patient. (Image: David Ross Patient)Aids activist David Ross Patient was diagnosed HIV-positive in 1983. Today he campaigns for greater awareness on how to stay healthy, and alive, on the South African government’s ARV programme, which is the largest in the world.Patient is more than just a candle flickering in a cold wind. He is healthy, and happier than he has ever been. He has gone from being the kid who had tried multiple times to kill himself before he was 17, to finding success as a motivator and Aids activist. “There is still a stigma of shame attached to HIV but I have helped by talking openly.last_img read more

Puerto Rico Leaders See an All-Renewable Future

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgStill rebuilding from the 2017 hurricane that all but wiped out the island’s electricity grid, political leaders have proposed that Puerto Rico generate all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050 and end the monopoly of the bankrupt Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). Caribbean Business reported that the proposed legislation would also establish energy-saving requirements for all government agencies, end the use of coal by 2027, and phase out bunker C oil for generating power. The move to renewable energy would be a major departure for Puerto Rico. The Commonwealth currently relies mostly on imported fossil fuels to meet its energy needs, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. About 40% of Puerto Rico’s electricity is generated by burning bunker C (No. 6 residual oil), and another 30% from No. 2 diesel.RELATED ARTICLESIn Puerto Rico, Off-Grid Energy Is Looking More AppealingA Caribbean Island Transitions to PVSolar Industry Offers Help in Puerto RicoWhy Solar Microgrids Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico’s Power WoesAre Solar-Plus-Battery Systems Coming to a Neighborhood Near You? Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage to the island in September 2017, causing the largest blackout in U.S. history and killing hundreds if not thousands of residents. Thousands of homes and businesses are still without electricity. Regulatory responsibility for energy would go to the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau (PREB) while PREPA’s fate is sorted out in bankruptcy court. Senate Vice President Larry Seilhamer said the measure is aimed at providing Puerto Rico with a “robust, resilient, affordable and reliable system.” “To this end,” he said, “we are promoting the reconstruction, modernization and updating of the transmission and distribution system of the network. The monopoly is put to an end as we know it today to give way to competition in power generation and fuel diversity.” The legislation would move the island’s electrical system to renewables in stages, beginning with a 20% share by 2025, then 50% by 2040, and finally to 100% by 2050. The plan would promote the use of small-scale power plants and encourage what Seilhamer called “prosumers,” people who both consume and produce electricity (akin to solar system owners who export excess electricity to the grid). Anyone buying or operating generating assets currently managed by PERPA would be required to either modernize or replace them with more efficient plants within five years of taking them over. Separately, Politico reports that at least six Democratic gubernatorial candidates as well as some possible presidential hopefuls are backing a goal to move the U.S. to clean energy over the next few decades. Many details, however, are missing and there is no general agreement on such issues as the role of nuclear energy and natural gas in the mix. Former Vice President Al Gore told Politico, “When lots of candidates in widely different political environments are all running on a platform of 100 percent renewable energy, it means that voters are telling them they want leaders who will help solve the climate crisis. So these candidates have concluded correctly that acting on the climate crisis is a no-brainer.”last_img read more

Prickly Mountain and the Design-Build Movement

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAlmost all branches of American art and culture, including music and architecture, experienced a remarkable explosion of creativity from 1965 to 1975. While I can’t explain the causes of these cultural revolutions — I’ll leave that task to sociologists and historians — I’ll briefly mention what happened during those years: LSD, hippies, free love, second-wave feminism, draft resistance, the Stonewall riots, and the back-to-the land movement. And that’s just for starters.Historians of architecture have looked back on those years as the origin of the design-build movement, and they are remarkably specific about the movement’s point of origin. The physical location is Prickly Mountain in Warren, Vermont; the years are 1965 to 1970; and the catalyst was a Yale architect named David Sellers, along with a group of like-minded Ivy League architects who clustered around him, including Steve Badanes, John Connell, Louis Mackall, Bill Maclay, Jim Sanford, Barry Simpson, and Dick Travers.The story of Prickly Mountain is an example of how residents of the tiny state of Vermont have played an outsized role in an important architectural movement.In recent years, as the back-to-the land generation retires, Vermont historians have begun to pay attention to the profound changes wrought by the tens of thousands of back-to-the-landers who invaded the state in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We arrived poor, and were more likely to apply for food stamps than to apply for a 9-to-5 job. But by the 1980s and 1990s, many members of our generation had trimmed our hair, completed our educations, and become pillars of our communities. We turned into teachers, social workers, nurses, and elected officials. And, for better or worse, we ended up changing the state.Most of the urban refugees who imitated the Prickly Mountain architects — young people who moved to the woods… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members 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

BJP, Sena to contest 140 seats each in State Assembly polls

December 1, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThough disagreements may have emerged in the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance, the top leadership of both parties is firm on contesting the Assembly polls together. While the BJP and the Sena will contest 140 seats each in the 288-member Assembly, the remaining eight seats will go to other smaller allies.A BJP leader confirmed to The Hindu that the seat sharing formula being considered presently gives 140 seats to each party. “The top leadership of both the parties is firm on contesting the polls as an alliance. As announced earlier, the 50-50 formula is being talked about and 280 out of 288 seats will be shared equally between two of us. The other smaller parties which are in alliance with us will get rest of the eight seats,” said the leader. ‘Smooth exchange’According to the leader, the real test at the negotiation table would be to solve the issue of seats which were won by either the Sena or the BJP in 2014 when both contested independently; but were held or contested by the other party in earlier elections, when they stood as an alliance. “For example, Goregaon was won by the BJP in 2014, but has traditionally been with the Sena. The process of exchange has to be smooth,” he said.A number of possible defections from opposition MLAs in seats where either the BJP or the Sena were second in the 2014 polls also make the calculations difficult. In Shirdi, Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil defeated the Sena candidate in 2014. If he joins the BJP, the Sena may have to step back from its claim on the seat. A similar situation may arise in the Wadala seat. “Lastly, the Congress-NCP was thrown to the number three and four spot in around 90 seats in 2014. Us contesting as an alliance would mean bringing them to the number two spot. Whether we should do that is also a point of discussion at present,” the leader said.last_img read more

NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds The Thunder And Suns Are In

September 30, 2019 0 Comments

Welcome to another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. Teams are ranked according to a projection of their strength over the coming week using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For a more detailed explanation of the process behind these numbers, see our first rankings post.Some stray thoughts on the rankings:The Oklahoma City Thunder are in a bit of a precarious position. After losing two of their three games over the past week, they occupy the 10th slot in the Western Conference standings. And despite the talent on hand, our simulations give them just a 53.5 percent probability of making the playoffs, down 19.1 percentage points from a week ago. It’s no coincidence that over the same span, the Phoenix Suns won two of three to move four games clear of Oklahoma City. The Suns’ playoff chances rose by 10.5 points to 50.1 percent.Sandwiched between Phoenix and Oklahoma City in the West standings is New Orleans, but the Pelicans check in with just an 18.1 percent probability of making the playoffs. Why? They have neither the Suns’ advantage in the standings nor the talent edge of the Thunder. That said, New Orleans is improving on both counts, winning two of three over the past week. The Pelicans’ projected rating is 1.1 points per 100 possessions higher in this week’s power ratings, thanks to progress on offense.Why did the San Antonio Spurs drop a two slots and lose a league-high 1.9 points per 100 possessions from their rating? Blame Tony Parker (mostly). Parker is struggling to find his form after a hamstring injury earlier in the season, and he has one of the league’s worst RPM ratings this season (which only got worse after a rough performance in the Spurs’ 20-point home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday). The playing-time projections for our ratings see Parker logging more minutes this week, so the numbers view him as personally responsible for nearly half of the Spurs’ projected decline.The biggest raw gainers are the Minnesota Timberwolves, who upped their expected rating for the week to -7.0 from -10.6 a week ago, an improvement of 3.6 points per 100 possessions. A little of that is the remarkably rapid development of our buddy Andrew Wiggins, but it’s much more due to the return of Ricky Rubio. Plus-minus style statistics have always thought more highly of Rubio than the public at large, and here he carries the 26th-highest individual per-possession rating of any player in our data set. It’s doubly beneficial for Minnesota because Rubio’s return cuts into the minutes of Zach LaVine, who has been arguably the worst player in the NBA this season. (I’m at least allowed to say that, right?)As bad as my hometown Philadelphia 76ers have been this season, something jumps out about their coterie of ratings at the bottom of the table: Their defense is above average! The decidedly poor offensive RPM numbers of Nerlens Noel (-5.0), Luc Mbah a Moute (-3.6), Henry Sims (-3.5), K.J. McDaniels (-3.4) and even Michael Carter-Williams (-2.5) hides a collection of pretty decent defenders. For instance, Noel’s defensive RPM (+2.2) is roughly equivalent to that of DeAndre Jordan, who finished third in last year’s voting for defensive player of the year. Of course, the Sixers are still awful, and that means their offense must be especially bad to offset an above-average defense. Sure enough, they’re tracking for the worst offense (in terms of offensive rating relative to league average) in the history of major professional basketball. read more

Memo From A Bitter Rangers Fan The NHL Just Missed A Ratings

September 30, 2019 0 Comments

The Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday night in Tampa, should be a terrific series for hockey die-hards. The Tampa Bay Lightning play relentless hockey, skating well and shooting well, and led the NHL in goals per game during the regular season. Their opponents, the Chicago Blackhawks, are a fast team and led the league in shots on goal with their precision passing and star talent. What’s more, both teams are relatively healthy despite the grueling playoff chase they’ve endured. The Blackhawks are betting favorites in the series, but only barely.The thing about the NHL in the United States, though — Canada is totally different — is that it’s very much a local sport. There aren’t a lot of NHL die-hards: There are Blackhawks die-hards and Boston Bruins die-hards and Detroit Red Wings die-hards and, though fewer, Tampa Bay Lightning die-hards.This is evident in past TV ratings for the Stanley Cup Final. Since NBC and its affiliates took over U.S. coverage in 2006, the series-average rating has been as high as 3.4, when the Blackhawks played another popular American team, the Philadelphia Flyers, and as low as 1.2, when the Ottawa Senators played the Anaheim Ducks. That’s a pretty wide spread: nearly a threefold ratings difference.There’s not that much mystery to this. You can estimate NBC’s Stanley Cup ratings quite accurately1In the regression analysis, the coefficient of determination is 0.84. based on three factors. First, what game of the series it is — ratings increase the further you go, especially in Game 7.2In the regression, the ratings increase as the series advances is modeled with the exponential function. Second, whether NBC broadcast the game on its flagship network or on a cable channel like NBCSN. And third and most important, the combined number of NHL fans the two Stanley Cup Final participants have in their local markets, as based on my previous estimates.Since we’re looking at only U.S. ratings, Canadian teams are treated as having no local market. Keep in mind that Canada has at least as many NHL fans as the U.S. despite its much smaller population, however. Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, between a popular American team (the Bruins) and a Canadian team (the Vancouver Canucks), featured about 8.5 million American viewers and 8.8 million Canadian viewers.Here’s how the formula, which is based on regression analysis, estimates that NBC will do in the U.S. with the Blackhawks-Lightning matchup (the margin of error on the game-by-game estimates is about plus or minus 1.0 ratings points).The Blackhawks are a pretty good draw for NBC. Among U.S.-based NHL teams, they have the fourth-largest fan base. The Lightning, however, are sixth from the bottom. It’s roughly an average matchup for NBC, and the series is liable to get about average ratings: probably in the neighborhood of 2.5 for the first two games, 1.5 for Games 3 and 4 on NBCSN, and then 3.0 or higher if the series makes it to Game 5 and beyond.But what if the New York Rangers had beaten the Lightning instead of not showing up for Game 7, like the Carl Hagelin jersey that was mailed to my apartment two days too late? (I’m not bitter.3Yes I am.) That would be the best possible matchup for NBC. Among U.S.-based teams, the Blackhawks have the best local hockey market in the Western Conference, while the Rangers have the best one in the Eastern Conference (despite sharing it with two other teams). Ratings would likely have been well into the 3s for the series, with a potentially massive number — the model estimates it at 5.8 — in the event of a Game 7.By contrast, a final between the Lightning and Anaheim Ducks wouldn’t have gotten a great rating. And one between two Canadian teams might have gotten only about half as many U.S. viewers as Blackhawks-Lightning.This poses some interesting questions for the NHL. The league isn’t all that dependent on its American TV rights — instead, it’s real cash cows are from ticket sales and its Canadian TV contract. But recent Stanley Cup Finals have featured appearances by plenty of popular American teams, like the Blackhawks, Bruins, Flyers, Rangers, Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. One downside of expansion into smaller American markets is that it would reduce the chance for one of the popular teams to make a deep playoff run, possibly reducing the long-term value of the NHL’s American TV rights as a result.CORRECTION (June 3, 10:42 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly identified one of the teams in the Stanley Cup Final matchup with a 3.4 series-average TV rating in the United States. The Philadelphia Flyers faced the Chicago Blackhawks in that series, not the Boston Bruins. read more

Dyche insists Rigg appointment a long term project

September 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche insists the appointment of Mike Rigg as the club’s Technical Director is a long term project.The former head of player acquisition at Manchester City joined the Clarets & Blue in November, as the club plan a new, large investment programme in growing the talent identification and analysis teams at the club.The 49-year-old, who has held a variety of high-profile roles within domestic and international football, will head the process of recruitment for Burnley’s academy and first team.Rigg is expected to have an input into potential additions to the first team when the transfer window reopens in January, with Dyche looking to strengthen his squad next month.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“Mike Rigg’s come in in, but there’s no pressure on him,” Dyche said, according to Lancashire Telegraph.“We’re looking to build a system and model not just for this window, it’s got to work for a longer period.”“So there’s no immediate pressure on him, but it’s helpful if he can add something to what we already do, and if there is something out there we think we can move on, then we will do.”last_img read more

Questex Media Files for Chapter 11

September 14, 2019 0 Comments


Time Inc Names Joe Ripp CEO

September 14, 2019 0 Comments