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Donegal Connect competition offers luxurious Lough Eske Castle stay

first_imgDonegal Connect has launched a short video competition today which aims to follow up on the success of #LoveDonegal day earlier this month. To celebrate the Donegal Connect project, the competition invites people to enter videos of 30 seconds or less about ‘their’ Donegal.The prize is a three-course dinner in Cedars Restaurant and overnight stay for two people with full Irish breakfast at the fabulous 5 star Lough Eske Castle Hotel in Donegal! “We are looking for people who can let their passion for their county leap right off the screen,” says Joanne Kilmartin, the Donegal Diaspora officer with Donegal County Council – a lead partner in the Donegal Connect project. “#LoveDonegal day got an incredible response from what was mainly pictures and short messages alone. You can tell an even better story with video, and that is what this competition is about.”“So, in 30 seconds or less, tell us about the unique things, places or people you love most about Donegal. Tell the world what’s so amazing about living here, working here, or running your own business here. Tell them why it’s such an incredible place to visit or why they should invest in Donegal. But most of all, we want to hear YOUR story, told your own unique way.” “We’re absolutely delighted to sponsor this video competition,” says Donal Cox, General Manager of Lough Eske Castle. “We can’t wait to hear short stories from our friends, guests and locals as to why Donegal has a special place in their heart.”Selection of the winner will be carried out by a panel of judges, which includes Ciara Sugrue, Head of Festivals with Fáilte Ireland. “This video competition is an ideal way to share your own special vision of Donegal to a global online audience,” says Ciara. “It’s also a great way to promote Donegal and inspire people to come and see it for themselves.”The other judges are: Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise with Donegal LEO, Anne Marie Conlon, Communications Manager with Donegal County Council, video producer Paul McGuckin of Landscape Ireland, hotel and tourism expert Deirdre McGlone, and PR expert Trish Hegarty of Inis Communications.   The winner will be announced on Monday 16th September.The competition opens today (Wednesday 28th August) and closes at 12pm on Friday 6th September. To enter, you must be aged 18 or over. Check out all the details and conditions here: https://www.donegalconnect.com/donegal-connect-video-competition/Donegal Connect is funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Initiative. Additional funding, operational support and sponsorship comes from: Donegal County Council, the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Donegal Diaspora, Donegal Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Udaras na Gaeltachta, IDA Ireland, Donegal Food Coast, Pramerica, Abbots Diabetes Care, Randox, Harvey’s Point Hotel, and Donegal Global Irish. Donegal Connect competition offers luxurious Lough Eske Castle stay was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal ConnectLough Eske Castlelast_img read more

Liberty Union FFA members compete in Creed Speaking, Tractor Troubleshooting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On March 3rd, 2017, Creed Speaking and Tractor Trouble Shooting CDE teams competed.Alyse Looney represented the Liberty Union FFA for the Creed Speaking at the state level and received 3rd place in the state. In Tractor Trouble Shooting, Avery Miller and Garret Wiley placed 10th in the state.Overall, both teams placed well and did an excellent job.last_img

Does Your PR Firm Need a PR Firm?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… When it comes to getting a new startup off the ground, it’s important to get the word out. Whether by email, Twitter, social networking, launch events or any other number of methods, you’ll want to let people know that there’s a new kid on the block, but there’s one thing you want to avoid – getting called out as a spammer.Looking through the feeds this morning, there was a post that immediately stood out – VC Jason Mendelson writing on “Why AtomicPR Sucks Ass. And How They Are Breaking the Law, Too.” Ouch.Mendelson’s complaint pertains to the “carpet bombing strategies” he says he’s seeing more and more of from PR firms.While hiring a PR firm to get the word out can be an important next step for a startup, it’s apparent that it cannot be the final step. If all that PR firm is doing is spreading the word, indiscriminately and without regard for who might actually be interested in hearing about your startup, then it may hurt, not help, your brand. As Mendelson writes, when he informed a fellow VC that the firm he’s taking issue with had been using this tactic for one of his own investments, that VC was “none too happy”. Remember that allowing a PR firm to run free with your brand is essentially allowing it to have control over how your startup comes off to the rest of the world. There can be a fine line between persistence and spamming and, as the eyes on the other end of that email, we would caution any startup from crossing that line. Rather than email bombing popular blogs in hopes of standing above the thousands of other emails they receive daily, you might indirectly target reporters, by getting featured in smaller publications before reaching out to the big boys. Another method that can be particularly effective is to get the word out by leaving comments about your company on blog posts about related topics, which, believe it or not, can be done without being spammy.While this may all seem like a warning to PR firms, it is not – it is a reminder to know your PR people before you hand over the keys to the castle and make sure your PR firm doesn’t need it’s own PR firm. The last thing you want is to start having the PR firm you’ve hired get called out by members of the VC community for spamming them and ignoring requests to end the emails. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#start#startups Related Posts mike melansonlast_img read more

Reinventing Concrete

first_imgAncillary benefits of carbon-negative concreteIn addition to the huge benefit of sequestering carbon dioxide emitted from power plants, CarbonMix cement and aggregate production could provide a way to demineralize water. Such a facility would provide a wonderful complement to a desalination plant, for example.In desalination, fresh water is extracted from seawater or brine in a process that concentrates the calcium and other minerals. Desalination is becoming more and more common, and getting rid of the highly concentrated brine can be a challenge. Texas, for example, has almost 50 desalination plants, nearly all of them using brine rather than seawater.Reducing the mineral content of brine is also a key priority in fracking. The oil and gas industry would love to find someone wanting to use that brine, helping to purify it in the process. Ordinary Portland cementThe Portland cement used today in concrete and a wide range of mortars, stuccos, and concrete masonry units (CMUs) consists largely of two forms of calcium silicate (calcium oxide plus silicon dioxide) with smaller concentrations of aluminum oxide, ferric oxide, and sulfate.Portland cement derives its name from its similarity in appearance to Portland stone, found on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England, and widely used in the early 19th century.The primary raw material going into Portland cement manufacture is calcium oxide (CaO), which is produced by “calcining” limestone (CaCO3), under very high temperatures to form “clinker.” This calcining process drives off carbon dioxide (CO2). Because such huge quantities of cement are used globally (about 1.6 billion tons), Portland cement production is one of the largest sources of our carbon dioxide emissions.Portland cement produces CO2 both from the calcining of limestone (a chemical process) and from the tremendous energy inputs used in that calcining process.Note that Portland cement is only one constituent in concrete, accounting for about 12% of the mass of concrete. The rest of the mass consists of sand, water, and aggregate. Cement is the binder that glues the sand and aggregate together into a solid stone-like material. Calcium carbonate cementConstantz is focusing on a very different type of cement: a calcium carbonate cement. The calcium is derived either from seawater or — in more inland locations — from brine, and the carbonate comes from the carbon dioxide in power plant flue gases. He envisions a system in which the CO2 is extracted from flue gases to produce both a calcium carbonate cement and limestone aggregate.Blue Planet, which has attracted some large investors, believes that concrete produced with their CarbonMix cement and limestone aggregate would be carbon-neutral or even carbon-negative, meaning that the more of it you use the more carbon is sequestered — or pulled out of the atmosphere and forever locked up.Blue Planet is carrying out research at one of California’s largest power plants: a natural-gas-fired plant on the coast at Moss Landing (south of San Francisco). The Moss Landing power plant, now owned by Dynegy, produces four million tons of CO2 per year — CO2 that is contributing to global warming.In producing concrete from CarbonMix cement, carbon emission reductions would be achieved in multiple ways: the production of Portland cement would be reduced; CO2 would be chemically tied up in the calcium carbonate cement; and the aggregate (a far larger constituent of concrete) would be limestone.Using limestone as aggregate could be done immediately, with no changes in highway standards and concrete engineering standards. And Constantz claims that even the non-Portland cement could be used with very few changes — though the lower alkalinity in cement binder may mean that different re-bar is needed. (With standard concrete, the high alkalinity protects the steel re-bar from corrosion.) I’ve been in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past week speaking at various conferences. (When I travel I try to combine activities to assuage my guilt at burning all the fuel and emitting all that carbon dioxide to get there. Between conferences, I’m now spending time with my daughter in Petaluma and Napa.)I spent three days last week at BuildWell, a small conference organized by my friend and colleague Bruce King, P.E., that is focused on “innovative materials for a greener planet.” The roster of presenters included such well-known thought leaders as Ed Mazria of Architecture 2030, who is leading an effort to shift to zero-carbon buildings by 2030; John Warner, Ph.D., the father of Green Chemistry, which is transforming manufacturing by reducing toxicity; and Mathis Wackernagel, the founder of the Global Footprint Network.A less-recognized presenter (and attendee throughout the three days) was Brent Constantz, Ph.D., the founder and CEO of Blue Planet and a professor at Stanford University. (Blue Planet has no website currently.) Little did I know how audacious Constantz’s plans are: to reinvent concrete, transforming it from one of the world’s largest emitters of carbon dioxide into one of the most important tools to sequester the carbon dioxide emitted from power plants.center_img A possible game changerIt remains to be seen whether Brent Constantz can realize his vision of transforming cement and concrete — among the most common materials used in construction today. If he can, it will be a game changer — something that attendees of BuildWell were quick to grasp.If he succeeds, fortunes will be made in the process and the world will be far better for it. I look forward to watching the progress of Blue Planet over the coming months and years. BuildingGreen will be reporting on this technology as it evolves. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. 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Oops! Yeng Guiao scolds the wrong Semerad after NLEX loss

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess NLEX and Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Call it twin magic or just simple missed identity, but NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao had one of the most interesting moments during the Road Warriors’ 102-87 loss to TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Guiao was seen getting into a verbal spat, which is typical for the fiery tactician, with one of the Semerad twins after NLEX center Poy Erram complained that one of the brothers twisted his arm in a rebounding battle with mere seconds left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Unprepared’ Tokyo 2020 boxing boss vows to put athletes first Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Anthony, who could only shrug off the incident, said that everything was good after the conversation and that it was his brother David, not him, who got tangled up with Erram.READ: PBA: Monster effort from Jones lifts TNT past NLEX for 1st winGuiao, who eventually knew after the game which Semerad was the culprit, could only smile about his mistake.“I don’t care which twin that was, he can just tell his brother about it,” said Guiao with a slight laugh. “I don’t care if I mistook one from another, they know who did it.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Guiao proceeded to scold Anthony Semerad, but there was one problem—he was talking to the wrong Semerad.READ: TNT reinforcement Terrence Jones magnifies NLEX’s import woes FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I didn’t necessarily fight him, I just gave him a stern talking because Poy complained to me that when the game was ultimately decided one of the Semerads were still twisting his arm,” said Guiao Wednesday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.“So I told the twin ‘that’s not necessary’ because the game was already won. There was no need to be rough or rugged, Poy was complaining, I just needed to get the message across.”last_img read more

18 days agoMason ​Mount admits surprise over wonderful Chelsea start

first_imgMason ​Mount admits surprise over wonderful Chelsea startby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Mason Mount has admitted he is a little surprised at the start the Blues have made in the Premier League.When their first game ended in a 4-0 loss to Manchester United, many worried for the Blues and boss Frank Lampard.But they have bounced back and are firmly in contention for a top four a lot.Their away form is especially impressive, as evidenced by a 4-1 win at Southampton this weekend.”It’s been going good away from home,” Mount told BBC Sport. “There are little things we can work on, obviously conceding, and we had a tough period but away from home we’ve been very good.”You’ve always got to have that confidence in yourself. To be fair, I probably didn’t think it would go this well at the start. Everyone is working hard, you can see how much it means to us.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Growth has been strong but productivity still low Bank of Canada deputy

first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – Economic growth in Canada has been strong in recent quarters, but significant challenges remain and productivity levels are still well below those in the United States, a senior Bank of Canada official says.Speaking to the Sherbrooke Chamber of Commerce, Bank of Canada deputy governor Sylvain Leduc said Tuesday that productivity growth could be increased by reducing the barriers that future fast-growing firms may face.Leduc says a report from the World Bank noted that Canada is one of the easiest countries to start a business, but he added that it is more difficult for firms to grow beyond a certain point.He says the recent free trade deal with Europe and an agreement earlier this year to help reduce barriers to interprovincial trade are encouraging examples to help firms grow.Leduc said that while about half of new firms close their doors within five years of starting, those that do make a name for themselves tend to grow rapidly and referred to them as “gazelles.”“These young, transformative companies that are growing at dizzying speeds have a good chance of developing new technologies that increase productivity,” he said.Leduc says the pace of economic growth is expected to slow over the next few quarters, but noted it should still exceed that of potential output.“We therefore expect an increase in entry rates and a decline in business exits over the coming quarters,” he said. “Moreover, the contribution of new firms to increasing the productive capacity of the economy could give rise to a virtuous circle of growth.”The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate target last month for the second time this year following a strong start to the year for the economy.However, governor Stephen Poloz signalled last week that the bank would take a more cautious approach to any future rate hikes.last_img read more

Environment Minister wants transparency from Kenney

first_imgALBERTA – Alberta’s environment minister says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney’s plans to eliminate regulations and labour rules will likely hurt working people.Shannon Phillips says transparency is critical, so Kenney needs to explain what exactly he’ll cut if he wins power.The United Conservatives are still consulting on the party’s policy platform ahead of the spring election, but Kenney dropped some hints in a speech last week to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.Kenney told the audience he will repeal labour rules enacted under the N-D-P that he says are hamstringing businesses, and that his party wants to cut bureaucratic red tape by a third.last_img read more

Notley trolls federal Liberals as global oil forecasts continue to look grim

first_imgOTTAWA (660 NEWS) – Premier Rachel Notley took time for a holiday trick in Ottawa.The Alberta NDP projected figures outside of the federal Liberal holiday party that claimed to show how much money is being lost every day because pipelines aren’t moving Alberta oil to world markets.While many are applauding the move seeing this as some grade ‘A’ trolling, others are calling it classless.Well played Premier Notley.— Dan Harris (@danharrisndp) December 13, 2018It isn’t the first time Notley and company have sent not-so-subtle hints to the feds and it won’t be the last time, especially with some bleak forecasts for oil prices going into next year.Cailin Birch is an economist with the Economist Intelligence Unit and one of the authors of a report delving into oil price predictions around the world.She believes with the Chinese and the U.S. economies expected to sputter in 2019, there could be a global price drop for oil.“With 2020 looking like an even more difficult year economically speaking. We are expecting it to feed into prices across the board really as consumption doesn’t look as strong as it has in the past few years.”She noted other global factors at play.“Market conditions have changed significantly since OPEC and Russia agreed to rein in production in November 2016. Unprecedented output restraint from most OPEC countries and Russia, together with unexpected supply crunches from more volatile producers, including Venezuela, Libya and Angola, have brought global oil stocks back down to below the previous five-year average,” she said in the report.While a drop in oil prices in the past five years has fed consumption, she expects that trend to change.“Remembering of course, that for the last few years it has been inflated a bit. The rate of demand growth has been inflated by the fact that oil prices were so low that it gave this kind of boom to consumption growth. We’re not looking at the same situation anymore.”last_img read more

Enbridges McMahon Gas Plant requires a complete shutdown

first_imgFlaring is a common and safe process monitored continuously by highly trained personnel. There is no risk to the public as a result of this activity.For more information, please contact Michaela Bjorseth at 250-262-3538 UPDATE – Media representative says there was a pipe marked for further inspection, shutting the plant down and flaring is the safest way to remove the gas from the plant in order to inspect the pipe further. This was not due to an incident.TAYLOR, B.C.- A process concern that requires immediate attention will have Enbridge’s McMahon Gas Plant taken offline today to investigate.To facilitate safely, the plant requires a complete shutdown and operations personnel will begin flaring this afternoon expecting completion later on this evening.last_img read more