Car keys lost in Falcarragh – have you seen them?

first_imgAn appeal has been made for help finding a set of keys lost in Falcarragh.The keys were lost on Thursday afternoon (23rd May), somewhere in between Falcarragh or the surrounding area.The owner of the Ford keys is appealing to the public to be on the look-out for lost property. (Please note the featured image is a stock photo and not the actual missing keys) If you found the keys or have any information, please call John on 085 8160036 or leave in Falcarragh Garda station.Car keys lost in Falcarragh – have you seen them? was last modified: May 24th, 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

Corning U16 soccer team takes third in the nation

first_imgTusla, Oklahoma >> The Manchester United U16 boys soccer team from Corning took third place Sunday in the US Youth Soccer’s Presidents Cup National tournament play June 14-19 at the Mohawk Soccer Complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The team had a tough go, losing all three of its preliminary games Thursday through Saturday, before bouncing back to beat Alliance Soccer Club Galaxy of Maryland 4-0 in the consolation match Sunday.The Corning team fell 3-0 Thursday to the 99 FSC Force Premier club of …last_img read more

BRICS BUSINESS LEADERS TO GATHER IN SANDTON

first_imgMEDIA RELEASEDATE:  24 JULY 2018More than 1000 delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) will gather at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg tomorrow, Wednesday,  25 July 2018 for the BRICS Business Forum which will takes place as part of the 10th BRICS Summit. The Heads of State of the BRICS countries will preside over the afternoon session of the Business Forum and provide direction on strategic issues under discussion.The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, Deputy Minister Mr Bulelani Magwanishe and the Chairperson of the BRICS Business Council, Dr Iqbal Surve will deliver speeches at the opening session of the forum starting from 09:00. Their address will be followed by four thematic sessions that cover various topics. The Ministers of Trade, Commerce, Industry, Economic Development and External Relations of the five BRICS countries will all be panelists in the session where The Role of BRICS in Trade and Investment facilitation amidst a Changing Global Political Economy will be discussed.According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the delegates who will comprise of captains of industry, heads of state-owned entities and government leaders will deliberate on strategic economic matters affecting the future of BRICS.“In line with the BRICS Summit theme, BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Business Forum will deliberate on the current global political economy and its implications for BRICS member countries, the implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution on inclusive growth and transformation, facilitating intra-BRICS trade, as well as fostering BRIC-Africa partnerships,” says Minister Davies.Minister Davies added that the business forum will provide a platform to showcase the economic prowess of the African continent with a particular focus on advanced manufacturing, energy, technology, rail, aviation, information and communication technology, financial services and beneficiation (agro-processing and mining), as well as to enhance the flow of foreign direct investments from the BRICS bloc into the continent.“The Business Forum will also offer an opportunity to facilitate the creation of manufacturing value-chains on the African continent, to stimulate dialogue on the utilisation of financing packages offered by the New Development Bank, and to promote synergies with development finance institutions on the continent. The Business Forum is also important because it will create opportunities for partnerships between African and BRICS companies as well as develop concrete measures to address the deficiencies within productive sectors impeding the optimal development of the continent,” said Minister Davies.Enquiries:Sidwell Medupe-Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: [email protected] by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dtilast_img read more

Judiciary Committee Still Has Questions for Facebook

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… curt hopkins Tags:#Facebook#Government#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Despite the rollback on some of Facebook’s heavily-debated privacy changes, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary still has questions for Facebook’s CEO. On Friday, Representative John Conyers (D-MI) sent Mark Zuckerberg a letter requesting additional information on Facebook’s privacy activities. “(W)e would appreciate a detailed explanation of the information about Facebook users that your company has provided to third parties without the knowledge of the account holders — particularly in circumstances in which the user did not expressly opt for this type of information sharing.”Conyers goes on to say: “Please explain your prior policies with respect to user consent for information sharing, and with whom any information was shared. Also, please detail how the new policies Facebook is adopting differ from past practices, including whether the burden is on the user to opt in or opt out of the relevant privacy settings.”The blog Inside Facebook interprets the Judiciary Committee’s interest like this. “The first sentence of the excerpt, above, appears to be about the nature of how Instant Personalization works, along with an allusion to the more general changes that Facebook made to General Information in recent months.The second sentence appears to be about those general changes.The final sentence appears to ask if the new changes impact Instant Personalization’s opt-out setting.”Because of its popularity and its sweeping changes to a default public status for all users, Facebook has definitely assumed center focus in the discussion on online privacy. But other issues, like use of private information in online advertising, has also assumed importance enough to attract the attention of the Congress.If nothing else, the continued interest in Facebook by the U.S. government indicates that regardless of users’ feelings, Congress isn’t done with it yet. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts last_img read more

How More Transparent Electricity Pricing Can Help Increase Clean Energy

first_imgBeia Spiller is a senior economist with the Environmental Defense Fund. Kristina Mohlin is an economist with the EDF. This blog post is part three in a four-part series that takes a deep dive into economics of the electric system and the role pricing can play in accelerating the clean energy economy. It originally appeared at the website of the Environmental Defense Fund. Analysis Sees Little Benefit in Off-Grid EconomicsSolar Energy Can Make the Grid More ResilientWhen Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid?New York Utility Finds Big Payoff in New IdeasRethinking the GridThe Cheapest Way to Scale Up Renewable Energy?An Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems The price of most goods we purchase is generally based on the costs associated with the goods’ production, including the raw materials used to generate them, the labor associated with their manufacturing, and so on. However, when it comes to pricing residential electricity, many regulators choose to use a flat price per unit of electricity (kilowatt-hours, or kWh) that unfortunately fails to adequately reflect the underlying costs of generating and delivering energy to our homes.This creates incorrect incentives for conservation and investments in distributed energy resources (like rooftop solar, energy storage, and demand response). Getting these incentives right can go a long way in creating more opportunity for efficiency and clean energy resources. Pricing electricity generationThe cost of generating electricity from large-scale power plants varies significantly over the course of a day. When demand is low, electricity providers call upon the most efficient and inexpensive power plants to produce electricity. As demand increases, they also must utilize more inefficient and expensive power plants. So, for the price of generation to accurately reflect these costs, it, too, must vary with the time of day. Time-variant pricing charges customers more for using electricity during periods of high demand (such as during hot afternoons) and less when demand is not as great. This pricing system is an accurate reflection of generation costs. OTHER POSTS IN THIS SERIES Transforming the Electric SystemThe True Cost of Electricity Peak demand chargesAnother option is to use peak demand charges. These charges make it more expensive to use a lot of electricity simultaneously during certain high demand hours of the day (e.g., running your dishwasher, dryer, and TV all at once). This is because in doing so, you are demanding more from the electric grid at one time, increasing the need to expand the system over time.It’s like timed lights for merging onto a freeway. If all the cars were to merge at once, there would be constant back up at high traffic times and locations, which could lead to a widening of the freeway on-ramp. Instead, the lights stagger the cars, lessening the traffic and the need for expensive construction. So, by giving customers an incentive to stagger their appliance use throughout the day, the maximum demand would be lower and grid planners could reduce the size of the system, saving money.Utilities have not implemented peak demand charges in a widespread manner for residential customers, but they present a promising new price option when carefully and thoughtfully carried out.There is an important caveat. While employing these tools can have positive effects on the electric grid and reduce costs, regulators and utilities need to ensure they do not harm low-income customers — people who already bear a heavier energy burden than others. Studies show solutions like time-variant pricing work well for these customers, but education and technology enablement are essential for success. By providing people with tailored information about these tools and access to technology that can help them take advantage of them, they can shift their energy use and save money on their monthly bill. Pricing electricity deliveryAt the other end of the system, we have the local delivery of electricity, which relies on infrastructure such as substations and distribution lines. To understand the challenges associated with pricing this part of the electricity system, a useful analogy can be found in bike share programs – such as Citibike in New York City.These programs are made up of certain resources – a number of stations and bikes at different locations – that are difficult to increase in the short run even though demand for these bikes is shifting throughout the day, year, and location. Currently, customers usually pay a fixed fee for having access to bikes at any location and time. However, this way of pricing can cause problems: during peak times, increased demand from commuters reduces the availability of bikes at the most popular stations. Accurate pricing could alleviate this.For example, customers could be charged extra for using bikes during peak periods, and potentially even charged more for renting at popular locations. This would reduce the demand for bikes at these key times and locations. We can extrapolate the same kind of logic to pricing electricity delivery, where the infrastructure and, thus, the costs are generally fixed in the short run. However, high demand can cause constraints, forcing utilities to replace strained infrastructure or expand the system, leading to greater costs in the long run.Unfortunately, similar to the Citibike example, most customers pay only a flat fee per unit of electricity they use in order to pay for these infrastructure costs. This charge does not send the signal that high demand during peak times causes constraints and increased costs on the delivery system.There are different possible approaches to efficiently recovering the costs associated with the delivery system. One option is to implement time-variant pricing as described above, where electricity use during the delivery system’s peak hours is more expensive. Pricing environmental impactsElectricity charges that more accurately reflect the cost of generating and delivering electricity can help send the correct price signals to customers for conservation and distributed energy resource investments. But, something is still missing: how do we price the environmental costs of electricity production? These external costs (including greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and local air pollutants) can be quite large, and are currently not reflected in the price we pay for electricity.The environmental costs of producing power can be high. If utilities were paying those costs themselves, clean energy would become more attractive. (Photo: DanakWaterPenny via Flickr)Importantly, each unit of electricity has a different amount of external costs associated with it, depending on the efficiency and cleanliness of the power source. If each generator were responsible for paying the external costs, then cleaner, more efficient generators would pay less than their dirty counterparts, making clean electricity cheaper. This would have two impacts:First, in a well-functioning market, the dirtier generators would have higher costs, and would therefore be utilized less, leading to a reduction in harmful pollution from these sources.Second, because these prices would be passed on to customers, electricity would be cheaper when it is cleaner. Time-variant pricing that incorporates these environmental costs can thereby prompt customers to use less energy during times of the day when the system relies on dirty power.By ensuring these costs are internalized by the generators, time-varying electricity prices can reflect these external costs, helping us reduce harmful pollution and other negative impacts on the environment. RELATED ARTICLES When electricity prices reflect costs, everybody winsElectricity pricing that accurately reflects the underlying internal and external costs of producing electricity can lead to better, more efficient use of energy, more targeted distributed energy resource investments, and a direct reduction in emissions, resulting in a cleaner and more efficient electric system for all. In contrast, flat rates that don’t vary over time incentivize customers to consume more electricity when it’s most valuable to them, even though consuming during times of high demand places a larger cost on the system. Thus, the current, static pricing system creates incorrect incentives for conservation and electricity use.last_img read more

5 Tips to Create Better Work By Maintaining a Fresh Perspective

first_imgOften those closest to a problem fail to see the solution because they’ve lost perspective. These tips are applicable to any creative professional – video editors, photographers and designers – and will help you produce inspired work.Being able to keep a fresh perspective on your own creative work is critical to being able to evaluate what is working and what really isn’t. Often this is a problem for ”one-man-band” outfits where one person is doing every job on a project. The director who also shot, wrote, edited, scored and sold the film may not have done the best job of critiquing things.  Or as the case might be with video editing, you simply can’t bring yourself to cut out those bits that you love, that took hours of love and time to create, but are ultimately hurting the overall project. This post was inspired by the excellent discussion on the latest episode of That Post Show hosted by Kanen Flowers, in which one of the editors said that he ‘flopped‘ the entire film, just to see it from a new angle.1.  Take a BreakIn this fast paced digital world where everything happens instantaneously there is often precious little time to stop and think, to ponder, consider, ruminate, pontificate and mull over.  As a result I think a lot of creative work comes out being less than it could have been. So next time you hit a brick wall, take a break. Get up and go for a walk – outside and not just to the coffee pot. Think about something else, do something else. If you can, sleep on it.  Getting away from the problem means you’ll tackle it in a whole new way next time you approach it. As they say in the Mark Walberg movie Shooter ”Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.”2.  See It Through Another Person’s EyesI find this especially true of film editing. Whenever I sit in with someone else watching what I’ve made I immediately see all the things that are wrong with it. I take on what I imagine to be their more critical perspective.  Things that don’t make sense, jokes that don’t work, bits that drag – all these things becoming increasingly more clear. Putting your work in front of a fresh set of eyes, ones unconnected from the project in any way (preferably no emotional or financial investment in it!) helps you see it as if for the first time.  That is worth any price of pain or embarrassment.  Photo by bogenfreund.3.  Talk About It With OthersOften a fast way to problem solve is just to discuss it with someone else. They’ll hopefully ask questions you’ve never thought of or give you great ideas (for free).  Even more simply, they may help you come to your own solutions because you’ve had to articulate and explain the problem to someone else. The best way to get good information is to talk to those who will be brutally honest with you, without being opinionated for opinons sake. You also need to ask targeted questions that aren’t leading questions. Don’t ask – ”Did you notice this specific problem?”  Instead ask ”Did anything not work for you?” or “Was there anything you’d like to change?” The thing to avoid is people just reinforcing your own views because of the way you’ve gone about seeking the answers.4.  Take It Somewhere NewBecause of digital technology everything is portable. In the days of analog film taking a whole feature home to view on your sofa rather than in the cutting room would have been cumbersome, if not impossible.  These days you can take a sample of your work home and watch it in a different environment. Heck, even sitting in a different chair helps me see things differently. Take your work and put it somewhere new. What does your new context reveal about your work that you couldn’t otherwise see?5.  What would happen if….I have a friend who runs a successful creative agency that is quite new. Currently a lot of their work comes from one or two main clients. Recently he’s started writing a business plan based on the question ”What would happen if they disappeared?” I think this is an excellent question to ask. What would happen if the main part of your project was taken out. What if a scene came out, what if the colour changed. What if…what if…Often trying things that would normally seem absurd can shift your perspective on what is really necessary and what is just filler.  If you’re in need of a fresh perspective – experiment.How do you keep your creativity fresh?Share your thoughts/comments/advice in the comments below!last_img read more

Why Sales Is Not a Science – Episode 181

first_imgSales is not a science. You cannot repeat a process and have 100% certainty that you get the same outcome. Sales is an art, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow a process or methodology.last_img

NBA coaches put priority on their health to cope with grind

first_imgFILE – In this May 20, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, center, watches during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif. Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr called Steve Clifford in support after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches among other symptoms. The NBA Coaches Association now provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr reached out to Steve Clifford after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches and other symptoms.Coaches around the league are taking preventive measures to help deal with the grind and stresses of a long NBA season.ADVERTISEMENT “We also have a unique group of head coaches right now, guys that are extremely competitive but have great respect for one another and provide a high level of support for each other,” Carlisle said. “Guys who are going through tough times with health and even things like losing streaks. We’ve got a very high character group.”For example, Clifford so appreciated a call he got last season from Kerr, each having gone through his own challenging health ordeal that kept him from the bench for an extensive stretch.Clifford, then coaching the Charlotte Hornets, missed more than five weeks dealing with agonizing headaches that after a battery of tests were deemed to be caused by sleep deprivation.Kerr has endured some of the most high-profile absences.He missed the initial 43 games of the 2015-16 season — including a record 24-0 start — dealing with painful and confounding symptoms following a pair of back surgeries.Kerr was sidelined again for 11 games during the Warriors’ 16-1 postseason in 2017 before returning to the bench for Game 2 of the NBA Finals the Warriors wound up winning in five games against LeBron James and Cleveland. Kerr had undergone a procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak on May 5, 2017, at Duke University but was not well enough to return until June 4.He made it through last year’s repeat run to a title.“My advice to coaches who are coming into the league: Don’t get back surgery,” Kerr quipped. “That’s my main advice. Sorry, bad joke. Luke Walton, when he took the Laker job, we talked a lot about that. He told me his whole staff is really on a conditioning program and a health-wellness program. I think it’s really smart, something that every staff should try to do is just make sure you’ve got people looking after you and looking after each other.”Kerr practices regular yoga and can often be seen on the elliptical machine after practice in a corner of the gym, getting loose on a foam roller or stretching with the assistance of an athletic trainer.Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts appreciates the points of emphasis and information provided by the coaches association “whether it’s diet or things to alleviate stress.” He watches what he eats and works in exercise whenever he can, saying those two things are “the remedy for everybody.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Often, coaches are so focused on taking care of the players that they are not always focused on taking care of themselves,” said Goldberg, founder and CEO of Savorfull. “This is especially true when it comes to their nutrition.”Added Carlisle: “We view this as important as anything else we do with the NBA coaches association.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments NBA clears Cavaliers of wrongdoing in Patrick McCaw signing, waiving LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “It’s a priority,” Lakers assistant Mark Madsen said. “It’s important because think about all the late nights. We’ll get into cities at 4 in the morning sometimes. You have to stay on top of it.”As a youngster, J.B. Bickerstaff knew there were a couple of hours in the afternoon on game days his father needed for himself. Bernie Bickerstaff took a power nap that allowed him to be fresh for a long night on the NBA bench.J.B. Bickerstaff now does it the same exact way as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.The coaches association is providing support and guidance like never before, and many coaches are making a point to openly discuss wellness strategies and share ideas.There’s also a close-knit support system within this crop of NBA coaches that Dallas’ Rick Carlisle, the coaches association president, considers special.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte That hasn’t always been the case. Now, the NBA Coaches Association provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health.“Well, we’re trying. We all are trying, we all are conscious of it,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I don’t think we’re very good at it, honestly. I know I’ve tried. It’s still very hard to accomplish. The game consumes us. It consumes me at least, and it should, if you love it. And it’s just hard to turn off. It’s important. We have to do it. We should have been doing it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAfter a late arrival in Bay Area last month, it was after 10 p.m. when Rivers had the team tissue therapist work on his body, including knees and ankle — “and my brain.” He has consulted a sleep doctor, too.In L.A., Walton is being proactive by encouraging every member of his staff to stay physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. Recharge when necessary, however that is best accomplished for each individual. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “A lot of it is just common sense that everybody has to deal with to take care of yourself,” Stotts said. “It’s not just coaches, obviously, it’s everybody, a lot of middle-aged men need to be doing the same, and some like me, beyond-middle-aged men. The fact that our lifestyle, if you give in to it, it can be a detriment, and everybody needs to be aware of it.”Clifford is in Orlando now, and he understands better than ever the importance of taking care of himself and monitoring his own health in a business where keeping your job depends largely on winning. He took significant steps to improve his sleep patterns and overall health, this after a previous heart scare as well.The 57-year-old Clifford deeply appreciated Kerr’s call.“It was great,” Clifford said. “He was one of the guys who reached out and obviously we had the health issue in common. It was a terrific gesture.”Last season, former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue dealt with anxiety and needed a mental and physical break.“Wellness isn’t just physical. It’s mental as well,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said. “I think the position we’re in as professional athletes and with coaches in the social media age, it’s a little more difficult. That takes it to a much higher level from physical and mental … when you’ve got people talking about you all the time, on Twitter bashing you. People just have so much more access to you. It becomes a more stressful job, much more pressure on your job and so many more eyes.”Coaches are also realizing they can’t always do it alone, relying on experts to stay healthy.Golden State hired Rick Celebrini this past offseason as director of sports medicine and performance.“If you can find some help, somebody to give you a little guidance,” Kerr said, “like we have here with Rick and Drew Yoder, I think it’s a big help.”The coaches association sends out a newsletter at least once a month with guidance from nutrition consultant Stacy Goldberg, who also is always available for 1-on-1 conversations. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Olympian Warren Weir among Nominations for PM’s Award

first_imgWell known Jamaican athlete, Warren Weir, is among several young persons and innovative tour company, Routes and Kulcha, nominated for the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence 2012.The winners will be unveiled at an awards ceremony scheduled to take place at Emancipation Park, Kingston, on Sunday, March 24, under the theme: ‘Youth on a Mission…Project 2062’. It is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public.The award is a prestigious honour bestowed on youth between 15 and 24 years who have excelled in the following areas: agriculture, arts and culture, academics, entrepreneurship, leadership, international achievement, journalism, sports and youth in service. Other nominees are: Petreen Matthews and Andrew Khan in the category of entrepreneurship; Simon Preston and Basillia Barnaby in the category of journalism; Jean Pierre Campbell in the category of Agriculture; Chantelle Biersay and Romain Virgo in the category of Arts and Culture; Kenneth Gordon, Darren Miller, Rashid Hall and Randy Goldson in the category of Leadership; Timar Jackson, Nicholas Wright, Kimani Kitson Walters and Trojean Burrell in the category of Academics; Jordon Bennett, Nekeisha Lewis, Oneil Clarke, Caldon Shirley and Sean Harvey in the category of Youth in Service; Shevaughn Whyte, Devoy Raymond, Kimroy Bailey, Routes and Kulcha (group) in the category of International Achievement; and Sasha Gay Lynch, Patricia McCalla and Alvas Powell in the category of Sports.Producer of the Prime Minister’s Youth Award Youth in Concert, Gregory Simms, said the event is being staged under the auspices of the Prime Minister.“It is her awards function and she recognizes the hard work that young people have been doing under tough circumstances to produce excellence all the time,” he said.The ceremony is being organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Culture.last_img read more