John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh returned as Mayor for Glenties

first_imgSinn Féin’s John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh has been returned as the Mayor of the Glenties Municipal District on Friday. Last month, Ó Fearraigh was elected after achieving 2,050 votes on the eighth count.Fianna Fáil Councillor Noreen McGarvey was elected as the Leas Cathaoirleach. Cllr Noreen McGarvey was elected as the Leas Cathaoirleach. John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh returned as Mayor for Glenties was last modified: June 14th, 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

The Piecemeal Approach to Green Building

first_imgAlmost every time I am talking with someone about green building, whether a potential or current client, or just a casual conversation, inevitably solar power comes up. This causes me to go into full on curmudgeon mode, pointing out that solar panels are pretty much pointless on homes until you’ve done everything else you can to make it more efficient and healthy. Solar is hot, trendy, hip, something you can touch (and might want to touch, as opposed to insulation), and a marketer’s dream, as are many other building products, all of which are seem to be labeled “green.”The sales and installation of green building products, like the promotion of many medical procedures and prescription drugs, are very much driven by consumer demand, which is heavily influenced by advertising and marketing. We take medication for all sorts of illnesses like high cholesterol (guilty), diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and more, even though many of these symptoms and illnesses can be corrected by proper behavior and diet.Similarly, building performance could be ratcheted up several notches by simply doing a better job with standard materials, instead of focusing on buying more “green” stuff. Not only that: a few simple improvements in occupant behavior could result in energy savings and improved indoor air quality.Is it time to ban green product advertising?Green building is being driven as much by the marketing efforts of manufacturers as by any demand for the finished product. And many consumers and professionals are influenced by marketing, driving them to consider various materials and systems individually, rather than as integrated parts of the whole house.These products — solar modules, geothermal equipment, spray foam insulation, high-performance windows, bamboo floors — can all be effective parts of a green building, but none of them will add much to the project if not integrated properly. Maybe it’s time to ban advertising for green building products — they did it with cigarettes, didn’t they?Incomplete information leads to problemsThere are too many designers, architects, contractors, and even homeowners who pick up a little information and think they are ready to go green on their own. It seems that everyone who uses spray foam insulation thinks that they are building green — even though they tend to not know enough to have the HVAC sized properly, resulting in humidity problems.Or maybe they install cellulose insulation without properly flashing windows, allowing water into the walls, allowing mold to form and the wall to rot. And how about those people who install high-efficiency HVAC equipment connected to leaky ducts located in unconditioned spaces?I still see plans with a water heater at one end of the house supplying bathrooms on the opposite side with no thought given to efficient hot water delivery. These are all the result of an incomplete understanding of building science, a situation that I don’t expect to see improve much in the short term.Small pockets of hopeThere are a few professionals out there who “get it.” They understand how to plan green from the start, manage the process carefully throughout, and end up with high-performance projects with few problems.Unfortunately, the vast majority of building professionals are struggling just to stay afloat in the current market, and they can’t (or won’t) take the time or spend the money to fully understand green building. Better energy codes are a start towards better buildings, but both adoption and enforcement are moving very slowly.Until buyers understand and start demanding high-performance homes, we will continue to be at the mercy of those products with the biggest advertising budgets.last_img read more

Square’s Next Move: Jump On A Platform

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#acquisitions#Braintree#e-commerce#Gokul Rajaram#Mobile Payments#online payments#Payments#PayPal#square#Stripe Related Posts PayPal just bought Braintree. But the payments giant wasn’t the only company having conversations with Braintree, a Chicago-based startup known for its appeal to app developers.Square, a mobile-payments company focused on elegant design and smaller merchants, appears to have been interested in Braintree, too.And that suggests that Square is rethinking what it is and how it should play in the vast, convoluted world where money moves.Three People At A Square TableReadWrite recently heard of a meeting between Braintree CEO Bill Ready, Square CEO Jack Dorsey, and Square CFO Sarah Friar. When we asked Ready about the meeting, he didn’t deny it happened—far from it.“I know Jack and Sarah from the industry and have a lot of respect for them for Square,” Ready recently told ReadWrite. “I’ve had a lot of conversations in the past, like I’ve had with a lot of players.”It’s not clear what they discussed, but there’s a lot to talk about. (An exceptionally polite and pleasant Square spokesperson declined to comment.) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market owen thomas Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It first helps to understand what the companies do: While they both nominally offer payments-related services, their products and customers have almost no overlap.Square offers a physical credit-card swiper for use with smartphones and tablets and a more integrated cash-register substitute built around Apple’s iPad, the Square Stand. Along with that hardware, it offers a flat-fee payments service.For the consumer, very little changes—they still swipe a credit card, though Square can send receipts by email or text message instead of printing them on paper. Merchants—typically small stores, service providers, and small chains with less than 10 locations—get a simplified fee structure. Though Square has just recently expanded into e-commerce with its Square Market, it primarily helps sell goods and services delivered person-to-person, in the real world.Braintree, by contrast, is a back-end payments processor; its brand is all but invisible to consumers. It started out as an e-commerce alternative to PayPal and other services that let retailers charge credit cards online, but more recently, it’s found a lucrative, fast-growing niche in providing credit-card processing to mobile-app developers.Last year, it bought Venmo, a person-to-person payments-app maker, which gave it a consumer-facing brand. Before PayPal announced its acquisition, Braintree was in the process of turning Venmo into a mobile wallet that let users enter a credit card once into a Braintree-powered app, and then use that card with other Braintree clients without having to reenter it in every app.Touching In PersonWhere Square and Braintree begin to overlap is in the world of services. The same magical idea that lets you order a coffee at Blue Bottle and pay for it by saying your name also lets you pay for an Uber ride by opening up a car door and walking out. In both cases, a charge is made to a stored credit-card number kept securely in an account stored on a server.“We want to carry every transaction,” Square’s Dorsey recently told the San Francisco Chronicle.That ambition can’t be fulfilled if Square merely serves small “micromerchants” in physical environments. It must also tackle the virtual opportunity.A Square OpeningThere are signs that Square is thinking bigger. The Braintree conversation is one—though an acquisition would have strained Square’s resources and challenged its identity.Another sign is Square’s recent hire of Gokul Rajaram to run its product engineering. Rajaram is an expert in software platforms from his years at Google and Facebook.“Platform” is a term often loosely thrown around in technology. Many companies claim to run platforms; few actually do. A true platform provides a system for exchanging value based on a kind of technological codependence. The platform operator provides the underpinnings for other software developers to create useful applications on top of it. Those applications, in turn, build the value of the platform.Today, Square stands almost completely alone. It builds a beautifully integrated system of hardware, software, and services, which lets it move swiftly and decisively when it sees opportunities to improve its product. But it has little interaction with other software makers, which seems like a lonely way to do business.It has begun to loosen its grip. Last year, Square launched a much-publicized partnership with Starbucks, though the actual implementation to date has been disappointing, a kludgy affair involving poorly trained baristas and confusing barcodes. More recently, it announced that its customers could port data from Square’s proprietary Register software to Intuit’s QuickBooks.Those are tentative measures—perhaps tests as much internal as external, to see if Square can learn to play well with others.But eventually, Square must open up.How Square Can Round Itself OutUpstarts like Square cannot count on incumbents like PayPal ineptly missing new opportunities—like the emerging businesses of smartphone and mobile-app payments that let Square and Braintree spring up in the first place. While Square now processes more than $15 billion a year in payments, it’s less than a tenth of PayPal’s size.One obvious product to lead with is its distinctive “pay with name” feature, which it now calls Auto Check In. This could be the basis of a service it offers to other app makers—one that might benefit from Square’s distinctive and trusted consumer brand, which unlike, say, “Braintree” or “Venmo,” many people now recognize as a means of payment. A familiar Square icon would signal to smartphone users a simple message: You don’t have to reenter your credit card here.Square may never have a completely open API, since it trades in people’s finances and merchants’ business data. But it may offer tiers of access, or a system of invitations to select developers who complement Square’s commerce-focused offerings—and who could then build out Square-compatible systems for merchant’s own websites.Courting those developers, a constituency Square has historically ignored, will be a trickier matter. It may need to do an acquisition of its own—perhaps Stripe, another San Francisco-based payments startup with which it shares principles of elegant design, not to mention some prominent investors.Stripe CEO Patrick Collison’s famous devotion to customer service and his intellectual rigor would make for a good cultural fit with Square. The prospective combination of Stripe’s Collison and Square’s Rajaram ought to strike fear into the hearts of PayPal CEO David Marcus and Braintree chief Bill Ready, if they have any sense.Can Square add another side to its business—adding services for app developers to its elegant hardware, software, and payments? Without it, Square seems to be missing a leg.last_img read more

Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds The 74-year-old Court has been a critic of homosexuality for decades, and she expanded her comments in a Christian radio station interview this week.“I think she’s digging a very big hole for herself at the moment. And for whatever reason, she wants to keep talking about it,” Stosur said Friday after beating American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the French Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMartina Navratilova wrote an open letter this week criticizing Court and recommending that tennis officials rename the arena that bears the Australian great’s name at Melbourne Park, home to the Australian Open.Stosur, an Australian who won the 2011 U.S. Open, thinks that might need to happen. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP All so difficult for Djokovic, easy for Nadal at French Open “I think if it continues down this road, then maybe there may be no other option but to do that,” Stosur said.She also backed Navratilova.“I actually really like the column that Martina Navratilova wrote the other day,” Stosur said. “It’s about the tennis, but it’s also about who you are. And I think if there’s not a nice light in that, then why should there be that name up in lights.”At the French Open earlier this week, British player Andy Murray also rejected Court’s comments.“I don’t see why anyone has a problem with two people who love each other getting married. If it’s two men, two women, that’s great. I don’t see why it should matter. It’s not anyone else’s business,” the No. 1-ranked Murray said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Australia’s Samantha Stosur APPARIS — Samantha Stosur says Margaret Court is “digging a very big hole for herself” with her comments about same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Court won a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960s and 1970s and is now a Christian pastor. In a letter published in The West Australian newspaper last week, Court wrote that she would stop flying Qantas “where possible” because the Australian airline “has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:24Sotto urges Robredo to accept antidrug post00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVlast_img read more

Women’s doubles badminton final: Jwala-Ashwini take 1-0 lead

first_imgStarting the hunt for possible three gold medals at stake for the Indians on the final day of the Commonwealth Games, the showgirls of Indian badminton — Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa — made a good start in the women’s doubles finals on Thursday morning. Playing at a comparatively packed Siri Fort Stadium, the Jwala-Ashwini combine took an 11-10 lead in the opening game against Singaporean pair of Shinta Mulia and Yao Lei. Earlier, the Indians had a disappointing start as they conceded 0-3 lead to the favourites Shinta-Yao. However, a confident Jwala continued with her attacks finally giving India a lead that continued till the end of the game. They won the first set 21-16.last_img read more

World body moves Champions Trophy to New Zealand

first_imgDelivering a snub to India, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday granted hosting rights of the 2011 Champions Trophy to New Zealand just hours before talks with the sports ministry.FIH president Leandro Negre met sports minister Ajay Maken to discuss the various objections regarding the internal working mechanisms agreed to by Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation.But the announcement that the elite event will be held in Auckland ensured that the talks started on the wrong foot.”We made our displeasure known to the FIH top brass. We told them that there was a lot of potential for growth in Indian hockey and the country provides a lion’s share of FIH’s revenue,” Maken said.There were speculations that with the releasing of $500,000 due to the FIH, the event could be prevented from moving out.But despite the withdrawal of hosting rights, the minister said the money will be released.”The issue was not discussed. If there are some commitments towards the world body, we will honour them. There will be no delay in clearance from the Reserve Bank of India.”If we withhold the money, it does not send the right message. We don’t want to teach anyone a lesson. After all, India may be hosting more tournaments in the future,” the minister said.Maken added that the FIH and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), who cried foul over the agreement between the two hockey federations, will now be kept in the loop while working out a resolution to the administrative impasse.advertisement”Both FIH and IOA have to be roped in for any solution in the future. We have to follow the law of the land and, at the same time, work out a solution acceptable to all parties concerned,” he said.The moving out of the Champions Trophy also puts in doubt the Olympic qualifiers to be held in India in February.”FIH has made it clear that it wants a unified body that runs the sport in the country. I am confident that we would find a resolution before February,” FIH chief operating officer Kelly Fairweather said.last_img read more