May 31, 2021

Concern raised over future funding of Fintra Bridge project

first_imgThere is uncertainty over the future funding of the Fintra Bridge following an exchange between Pat “the Cope” Gallagher and Transport Minister Shane Ross in the Dáil on Wednesday.In a reply to Gallagher’s question, the Minister failed to give any commitment to Gallagher on the capital costs of constructing the new road and bridge at Fintra.Deputy Gallagher said the ministers failure to commit funding was ‘extremely concerning in regard to this project’. He said: “The only commitment given by the Minister is to explore route options which are ongoing at present, but this is ultimately going to lead to the further long fingering of this project.“Fintra Bridge was a priority project in 2014, today it is a project without any status and what is worse it’s a project without any funding source as confirmed by the Minister to me on the record of the Dáil,” Gallagher added.“Minister Ross is playing fast and loose with the people of south-west Donegal.“He knows we are in the twilight zone of the lifetime of this government and he is playing for time in order to get to the next election, thereafter no commitments will remain –especially if they are never given in the first case. “The communities living west of Fintra Bridge, the parishes of Kilcar and Glencolmcille in addition to Fintra itself, deserve a new bridge and better road connection, but they also deserve to be provided with a plan that is clearly backed up with the necessary funding.“I am calling on funding to be ring-fenced and put in a multi-annual plan so that no further doubt can arise in regard to Fintra Bridge,” he said.“None of these proposals made by me have been taken on board by the minister thus far, despite me raising this issue on numerous occasions since 2016 with him and the Department.“If Fintra Bridge is to proceed then the Minister must confirm a special allocation for this project,” he added.“This entire project must be underwritten by the Department due to the fact the bridge is located on a regional road and as such there is no way the local authority can bear any of the costs.” Cllr Niamh Kennedy welcomed concern over the bridge and added: “I’m glad to see the people of south Donegal now see the hard work and dedication it has taken to get the bridge to the stage it is now at.“My frustration lies with previous candidates and new candidates using this positive story to highlight negativity which is not there.“Yes the bridge is in talks for a number of years; this is a major job and will take time and due process but it hasnow got to final plans stage with landowners being contacted.“We cannot let certain individuals use this bridge as a political football to highlight their own agenda when trying to get elected. “I have spent years working on this project like many others and I welcome anyone to look through the names of each person in attendance at any meetings, petitions, letters of support or knocking door to door and this will clarify who is jumping on the bandwagon for political reasons and who has a genuine interest in the actual furthering of this project to develop our community.”Concern raised over future funding of Fintra Bridge project was last modified: May 22nd, 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

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Children urged to get creative for Cruinniú na nÓg

first_imgChildren and young people across Donegal are being urged to fire up their imaginations and take part in one of the 30 free Cruinniú na nÓg events that will take place around the country on Saturday 15th of June 2019. The event is now in its second year and celebrates and encourages participation by children and young people in creative activities in their local neighbourhoods and communities. It is led by the local Creative Donegal Culture and Creativity Team, with huge support from local artists, arts organisations, creative practitioners and community festivals. With a strong emphasis on participation, activities are specially designed to spark an interest and encourage the inner creative in children to try something new or fulfil a secret ambition! Highlights of this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg in Donegal include: a Seaweed Safari in Inishowen; a messy play experience for older children in Falcarragh; an immersive Japanese experience in Bundoran Library and; a theatrical performance by Donegal Youth Theatre at Glenveagh National ParkDonegal County Council’s Chief Executive Seamus Neely is delighted to be once again working hand in hand with Creative Ireland and RTÉ to deliver such wonderful creative opportunities for children and young people in Donegal saying, “we believe that by investing in arts, culture, heritage and language we are investing in a healthier, more fulfilled, prosperous and successful county and Cruinniú na nÓg provides us with a great platform from which to extend this to our youngest residents and visitors.”Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD said, “Ireland is the only country in the world to have a dedicated day of free creativity for our children and young people. Although only in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg has already grown in ambition and scale with almost double the number of free activities taking place across the length and breadth of the country this year.” She also went on to say that, “Each of the activities and events have been carefully curated by our network of passionate and committed Culture and Creativity teams across the country.”Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD added “as a committed supporter of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme, I am very proud of the pivotal role which my Department and the local authorities are taking in supporting the creativity and wellbeing of our youngest citizens. I am particularly pleased that all Cruinniú na nÓg events are locally based and free so that as many children and young people as possible will have the opportunity to participate.” Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ, says “Creativity and community are at the heart of RTÉ’s new mission statement.  They are also core principles of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Cruinniú na nÓg, which makes this partnership especially important for us. RTÉ supports over 130 arts and cultural events every year so recognizing and enabling artistic endeavour and creativity is something we take very seriously.” Soaking up the sun and atmosphere at last year’s Cruinniú na nÓg with Inishowen Carnival Group at Glebe GalleryChildren urged to get creative for Cruinniú na nÓg was last modified: May 29th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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

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How to Create a Web Content Strategy For Your Company

first_imgThese days, it’s no longer enough to have an inviting storefront and amazing products on your shelves, whether physical or digital. Fueled by social media, with which even the search engines scrambling to keep up, the Web is now happening in real time. How can a small company stay competitive? One critical component of the answer to that question is something that most businesses have never had to consider doing in the past: become a publisher. Your Site Needs a BlogHaving somebody design and build your website is only half the battle. That site needs regularly updated content and the easiest way to make that happen is with a blog. First, you’ll need a blog content management system (CMS) like WordPress.org or Movable Type. For best results, you should work with your Web guru to set up a self-hosted blogging engine on your own server, rather than going with a hosted solution like Blogger, TypePad or WordPress.com, since a self-hosted blog will be easier to customize and can integrate more seamlessly into your site’s existing architecture and design. When you first start out, your company blog should be set up as a subdirectory (www.company.com/blog) rather than a subdomain (blog.company.com). This way, Google will view your blog as part of your site, as opposed to a separate entity with its own PageRank. From a design standpoint, the blog should be visually consistent with the rest of your site, at least as far as the header and navigation are concerned. This will undoubtedly require some custom-coding, and there are ample resources online for WordPress and Movable Type theme development. One approach might be to find a pre-built theme that comes relatively close to your site’s general layout and then have a Web ninja dig into the code to customize the color scheme and branding. While you’re at it, it’s worth considering moving the rest of your site onto the CMS as well to make updating that content easier. Any static pages (About, Products, Contact, etc) can be carried over as static pages on WordPress or Movable Type with relative ease. Once the nitty gritty technical stuff is taken care of and your blog is set up, you’ll be ready for the fun part: creating content. Not a Writer? Hire Somebody.I know what you’re saying: Hey, I’m an entrepreneur, not a writer. You don’t have to be a prize-winning novelist to blog effectively, but you should be pretty good with grammar and be able to write in a readable voice. If blogging is not something you have the time or background to get into right now, you can hire somebody pretty easily. Job boards like those found on Freelance Switch and CrowdSPRING are great places to find writers at an affordable rate. Craigslist is ubiquitous and inexpensive, but be prepared to wade through numerous responses of varied quality, including a few from Nigerian princes.Another place to look is your closest journalism school. College journalism programs are brimming with talented writers who need writing samples to help them build their budding careers. Reach out to the head of the school’s journalism department to ask how to go about posting a job to the department’s list serv or website. Starting out at $10-15 per post is reasonable, but consider increasing your budget for a writer who has a couple years of experience under their belt, especially if they have a solid background in research and reporting. Develop a Content MissionYour site should ideally be updated with fresh content at least once a week, and certainly more frequently if you can swing it. Before you (or your writer) can get started you need to forge a content mission: What is the blog going to cover? It can be the end-all-be-all, one-stop-shop for information about your entire industry, or it can be a series of press releases about your products. The ideal solution for most blogs is probably somewhere in the middle. As awesome and innovative as your company is, let’s face it: Most people won’t want to subscribe to information strictly about your company’s latest offerings. It has to be relevant and useful to them. By including news, how-to’s and other informative posts about your particular industry, you’ll gain the trust of readers, who will be much more attentive when you’re ready to make that next big product announcement. This approach will also help with audience development. The more timely, useful information you can publish, the more traffic your site will get from search engines and social media referrals. Getting Exposure From SEO, Social Media and Other SitesOne of the benefits of using a CMS is that, with the help of plug-ins, it can take much of the heavy lifting out of search engine optimization (SEO). That said, you’ll stilll want to ensure posts are written with SEO principles in mind, especially when it comes to headlines, which should be straight forward and include keywords. To snag a couple page views from image search engines, any images included in your blog posts should have concise, descriptive file names and ALT tags that clearly describe the image is of.Once SEO is taken care of, the next crucial aspect of building an audience is, of course, social media. Use Twitter and Facebook to post links to your latest blog posts, as well as to converse with your readers and customers. Tools like HootSuite, CoTweet and plug-ins like Twitter Tools for WordPress will let you automate your social media updates, but be careful not to become a bot-like firehose with no personality. Finally, you’ll want to get the word out among relevant blogs and news sites that cover your industry. Use analytics sites like Alexa or Compete.com to identify 3-5 relevant sites with significantly-sized audiences. Email the editors of these sites to introduce your new blog or notify them of a big announcement you’re hoping to get press coverage for, but as with social media, be mindful not to become too overbearing or impersonal or your emails will end up in the spam folder. A Few Examples of Great Company BlogsThere are thousands of company blogs out there, many of which are excellent. Here is a handful of particularly effective ones. Yelp Official BlogThe official company blog maintained by Yelp keeps users up-to-date with product releases and upgrades, but also gets personal with Q&A profiles of Yelp staffers in their ongoing “Day in the Life” series.Campaign MonitorEmail marketing platform Campaign Monitor is a good example of a company with a well-written blog that not only covers product announcements but also serves as all-encompassing resource for email marketing in general. In fact, of the six categories on their blog, the one with the most posts is “Tips & Resources,” a repository of information about everything from email subscriber management to how to get images to display properly in Gmail. Conversation MarketingConversation Marketing is a blog about SEO, social media and Web marketing in general written by Ian Lurie, the president of Seattle-based SEO firm Portent Interactive. While it’s technically not a company blog for Portent Interactive, Conversation Marketing does a great job of selling Lurie’s expertise and, by extension, the services offered by his company. Indeed, Portent Interactive is rarely mentioned in his posts, which are typically how-to’s, analysis and rants about everything related to Web marketing and SEO. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#biz#How To john paul titlow A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Martin’s Six Rules for Polyethylene

first_img 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. In the 1970s and 1980s, the practice of installing polyethylene on the interior side of wood-framed walls became common in much of the U.S.  These days, however, installing interior poly is nowhere near as common as it used to be; the practice has all but disappeared in the U.S. outside of Minnesota and Alaska.In Canada, however, the use of interior polyethylene is alive and well.Why did American builders abandon interior polyethylene? There were two main reasons:The roller-coaster history of interior polyethylene leaves many builders, especially Canadian builders, with lingering questions. Here at GBA, we occasionally get questions from Canadians who ask, “Should I still be using interior polyethylene? Everyone up here uses it, and building inspectors want to see it.”These are good questions. It’s time for a fresh look at the issue of interior polyethylene.Why did cold-climate builders begin installing interior polyethylene in the 1970s? Back then, the standard answer was, “Polyethylene is a vapor barrier. Walls need interior vapor barriers to prevent the outward flow of moisture during the winter.”In fact, carefully installed interior polyethylene often improved the performance of cold-climate walls. However, the main reason that interior polyethylene helped wall performance was because the polyethylene was installed as an air barrier. Even back in the 1970s and 1980s, conscientious Canadian builders were installing polyethylene with taped seams or seams sealed with Tremco acoustical sealant. Whether the builders knew what they were doing or not, they were effectively reducing air movement through their walls. This air-leakage benefit was far more useful than any changes in the rate of outward vapor diffusion. (For more information on vapor diffusion, see “All About Vapor Diffusion.”)Although interior polyethylene was sold as a way to limit vapor diffusion, it was also acting as an… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Can Sony’s Mad Scientists Fix Digital Photography?

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Digital photography has been getting weird for a while, but this might take the cake. Sony has just unveiled its newest and arguably weirdest photography hardware experiment yet: a pair of devices that turn a smartphone into a much more powerful full-fledged digital camera.By latching onto its backplate like a giant squid, that is. taylor hatmaker Related Posts Unlike popular mobile photography accessories like the Olloclip lens, Sony’s new creations, the Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 and Cyber-shot DSC-QX10, don’t use a phone’s camera at all. In fact, their squid-like knack for wrapping themselves around a phone is just a way for them to siphon off a smartphone’s mobile network while turning it into a big viewfinder. The QX10 and QX100 both look like someone just lopped off the lens off of a DSLR and set it loose. And in many ways, that’s pretty much true.The QX100 and QX10 look like lenses, but they’re actually standalone cameras sans viewfinders, mounting on your phone and using its connection to share photos. The $500 QX100 is basically Sony’s popular high-end compact RX100 II model stripped of a camera body. The $250 RX10 is the more casual consumer model, offering a smaller sensor and smaller price tag to match. Both will hit shelves on September 25, and they’ve already drummed up plenty of pre-order buzz on Amazon.The (Awkward) Space Between For any photographer who had high hopes for Samsung’s Galaxy Camera, the QX10 and QX100 are intriguing—albeit very odd—little shooters. A bodyless camera that acts like a souped-up iPhone accessory looks weird, but it’s pretty cool if you think about it. Sony admits that the new line is aimed at enthusiasts—after all, who else would buy a $250 or $500 device that scratches such a specific itch? But in a world where we can zap an iPhone photo to the world in seconds, the desire to shoot and share pro-quality photos online with ease burns bright. The QX10 and QX100 might just be proofs of concept, but they have a clever take on the tension between casual and serious photography. The Eye-Fi wireless memory card was a cool early solution to this, but in my experience the device is buggy at best—and a potentially unreliable SD card is anathema to any sensible photographer. Samsung’s Galaxy Camera tackled the same issue last year, though disappointingly didn’t offer a compelling boost in image quality. Zany lenses that clip onto the iPhone abound, but they can’t conjure extra pixels or invent beautiful bokeh.Sony Isn’t Afraid To See What SticksThe rise of mobile photography and the rocket fuel of the Instagram craze has left many traditional digital camera makers totally confounded. Unlike the Polaroids of the world, Sony has a pretty solid record of keeping up with the changing times. For camera makers, keeping pace with a fast-evolving industry isn’t easy. With smartphones, most notably the iPhone, boasting cameras that can go toe-to-toe with the pros at low resolutions (think Web and Instagram), photography as an art and an industry has been flipped on its head over the past five years.But Sony just keeps pulling tricks out of its hat. The company’s compact RX100 took everyone by storm, pairing a big sensor with a svelte little body perfect for travel. (It’s so good that real photographers are even willing to give it a nod.) And Sony’s NEX series of mirrorless interchangeable lens shooters garners consistently high marks. The potential Achilles heel here is Sony’s “PlayMemories” app. From my experience testing Sony cameras in the past, the hardware is nearly always there, but the software can fall a bit short. Hopefully Sony has learned its lesson from its awkward early days of compact experimentation. After all, the company is clever when it comes to cameras. Sony’s smartphone hardware may not dominate, but the QX10 and QX100 are clever little trojan horses into mobile—and a fun experiment for photography enthusiasts anxious to bridge the gap between their passion for quality and the instant online sharing of the Instagram age. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#photo sharing#photography#Sony 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Child dies of dengue in Kolkata, death toll rises to 23 in West Bengal

first_imgA three-year boy died of dengue in the city’s Park Circus area, pushing the death toll due to the vector-borne disease to 23 since January, a source in the state health department said on Monday. Aharshi Dhar, a resident of Lake Town, who was admitted to the Institute of Child Health last week with high fever, died on Sunday night because of dengue, a senior doctor of the hospital said. The child was at the pediatric intensive care unit at the medical facility since Thursday, he said. According to a senior official at the state health department, over 40,000 people have been affected by dengue in the state since January. The affected districts include North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly.last_img read more

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Bengal police arrests four foreigners in Tripura ATM heist

first_imgWest Bengal police arrested two Turkish and two Bangladeshi nationals on Tuesday for allegedly withdrawing lakhs of rupees from State Bank of India ATMs in Tripura using cloning devices, officials said. A senior West Bengal police officer said the suspects were arrested following a tip-off from Tripura police. They were suspected to have installed skimming devices in automated teller machines to clone debit cards and withdrawn an unspecified amount of money. The bank had received 45 complaints from customers that their money was taken out from various ATMs in Agartala, State Bank of India Regional Manager Dibyendu Chowdhury had said on Monday.Further details are awaited.last_img read more

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Cheque without check: IOA bloopers mar Asian Games felicitation ceremony

first_imgBy Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was left red-faced during Sunday’s felicitation ceremony to award cash prize to Asian Games medallists as the parent body got multiple names wrong on the cheques and even missed out on one. Around 15 medallists including compound archers Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Abhishek Verma were given just bouquets as their names were misprinted on cheques. The IOA awarded Rs 3 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively to the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in the team events. The individual medallists received Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh and Rs 2 lakh respectively.”I would like to apologise in advance for our mistake. The names of around 14-15 players have been printed incorrectly so we will give them a bouquet. But don’t worry, you will get your cash prizes. I didn’t want to give cheques with misspelt names,” President, IOA, Narinder Batra, said.In another embarrassing moment, the organisers forgot to mention the name of bronze medal winning wrestler Divya Kakran.It was only after Kakran’s parents raised the issue with Batra after the ceremony had ended that the president called Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, who had almost left the venue, to announce the prize for Kakran.”They are saying her name is not on the list but we had given her name. I dont know what is happening,” Kakran’s mother told PTI.”There is always a first time. The players performed so well that we decided to award them with cash incentives. We will continue to give these cash awards in future be it the Olympics, Commonwealth Games or the Asian Games,” Secretary General, IOA, Rajeev Mehta told PTI.advertisement “The funds for these incentives will be provided by our sponsors,” he added. Several players were missing from the ceremony including gold medallists — javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and tennis players Rohan Bopana and Divij Sharan, wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat along with badminton medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal.Indian athletes returned with the highest ever 69 medals from the Jakarta and Palembang Asian Games 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze.While awarding the players, Batra encouraged the medallist to aim for medals in the Olympics as well.”We should now target double digit medal in the Olympics. We are a country of a billion people, there is no dearth of support from ministry or Sports authority of India. We have to achieve this feat, there should be no compromise” he said. PTI APA KHSKHSlast_img read more

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