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Two attempted burglaries in Moville linked, confirm An Garda Siochana

first_imgGardaí are investigating the attempted burglary of goods from a public house in Malin Road in Moville on Monday morning. The break-in, which occurred at approximately 4:55am on Monday, was captured on CCTV.Three males, who wearing balaclavas and gloves, smashed in the front door of the premises, activating the alarm and they fled. Gardaí have confirmed they have linked another attempted burglary, which took place at 4:30am on Monday.Two males have been captured on CCTV, forcing entry through office windows after security bars were forced open.Both males were wearing gloves and had their face/head covered.Nothing was taken from either premise. Buncrana Garda is continuing their investigations into the incidents.If anyone has any information to offer that may assist with the investigation then please call Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.Two attempted burglaries in Moville linked, confirm An Garda Siochana was last modified: July 31st, 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

Stats SA to widen scope of data

first_img19 June 2009Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is to broaden the scope of data and information it collects in order to respond to the planning needs of the new government, says Statistician-General Pali Lehohla.Reporting to Parliament in Cape Town this week, Lehohla said: “We need to dispassionately look at what is produced by Stats SA and how it relates to the new mandate and trajectory of the country.”Input and planningHe said this meant going beyond statistics that respond to business cycles and economic structure, monitoring and evaluation to a statistical system that also looks at input and planning.“The organisation has to be introspective when considering the nature of its relationship with what the state needs to deliver and how it is going to organise itself in the immediate to medium-term future,” he said.The production of statistics for informing planning, decision-making as well as monitoring and assessing policies was an integral part of the legislative mandate of Stats SA, he added.Improved PPILehohla said the Producer Price Index (PPI), which measures prices at factory gates and tracks movement in prices of producers for a part of the economy, was also to be improved so as to overcome existing methodological limitations.An up-to-date database of all dwellings as well as other structures in the country also is expected to be completed.Census readiness testStats SA is also to conduct a pilot census in 489 enumerator areas to test its readiness for census 2011.Parliament was also informed that international statistical specialists will come to South Africa in August for the International Statistical Institute’s first bi-annual conference on sub-Saharan African soil.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio crop producers looking forward with $3.5 million in water quality funding

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since 2011, Ohio’s leading corn, soybean and wheat checkoff organizations have invested nearly $3.5 million dollars in research and education to address the water quality challenges faced by farmers and all Ohioans. That investment continues as the Ohio CornMarketing Program (OCMP), Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program (OSGMP) and Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) have recently approved a fourth year of program funding.“Water quality has been and will continue to be one of our top priorities,” said Patrick Knouff, OSC chairman and grain farmer from Shelby County. “This issue is complex and requires a comprehensive approach to find solutions. And make no mistake, our organizations are working to find real answers and develop practical actions that can help mitigate runoff. It’s an investment in the future of Ohio agriculture and we expect a return. This is what we’re good at.”With algae problems in Grand Lake St. Mary fresh on their minds and the growing problem of algae in Lake Erie, the farmer leaders of all three checkoff organizations put their heads together in late 2011 and made the strategic decision to partner and begin investing in research. As more was learned, a variety of educational programs for farmers were added to the portfolio.Thanks to this early leadership, the On Field Ohio research project was awarded a $1 million match from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013. Led by Dr. Elizabeth Dayton at The Ohio State University, this program is monitoring runoff at the field level and will help identify best management practices for farmers.In August 2014, the organizations’ strategic direction shifted again when Toledo shut off water to 500,000 of its residents.“We knew we needed to do more than talk to researchers and farmers. Now, we must talk to our neighbors about the importance of water quality,” said John Linder, OCMP chairman and Morrow County grain farmer. “People had questions and they wanted answers. In many cases, they were asking the same questions farmers were asking. Speaking to large groups and media isn’t typically in the job description of a farmer, but we can’t remain silent. This is too important.”The organizations worked to identify opportunities for farmers from around the state to answer questions and tell their story. They provided information about the ongoing research and educational programs funded by the three checkoff organizations and helped make connections with researchers. That work continues as more farmers speak to local groups.“We’re proud of the work done so far, but we’re not finished,” said John Hoffman, OSGMP chairman and Pickaway County grain farmer. “The recent nitrate issue in Columbus highlights the need to stay fully engaged. Ohio farmers have and will continue to demonstrate their commitment by increasing conservation practices, investing in vital research and participating in educational programs. We do this because water quality matters to each and every one of us.”Four years ago, Ohio was not the most talked about state with regards to water quality. Now it arguably is. While the attention that water is getting in the Buckeye State has increased dramatically, Ohio’s corn, soybean and wheat farm organizations are staying on the course they started back in 2011.last_img read more

Echo Launches “Real-Time As A Service” [Live Video]

first_imgKhris Loux and his company, Echo, have always had a tentative relationship with the lowly blog comment. Echo launched in 2009, described as a “blog commenting platform” much like Disqus. Right from the beginning, however, Echo went beyond the comment and aggregated all sorts of real-time data from around the Web to pull into the section normally reserved for comments. Now, Echo has gone beyond declaring the death of the comment and re-launched as a “real-time as a service” platform. At its re-launch event today, the company brought out the big guns to show off just how useful it thinks its new incarnation will be. We got a chance to talk with them beforehand to go beneath a bit of the flashiness and we got a glimpse of a service that adds a new building block onto the Web and could bring the real-time Web to previously untouched corners of the Internet.Moving On from the Static PageWhen we spoke to Echo CEO Khris Loux the other day, he laid it out for us quite simply.“In the ways that print gave way to TV, static pages will give way,” said Loux. “The challenge for the rest of the publishers on the Internet is that they’re running static websites. The revenue has moved on from those sites.”He went on to explain that the primary form of real-time interaction on most sites is through Facebook comments or “likes” or Facebook Connect and, while those are good and valid tools that publishers should still use, they are not enough. According to Loux, the main problem there is that “Facebook and Twitter still control the experience and ultimately control the revenue.”The answer to all of this, of course, is the new version of Echo, which acts as a “real-time as a service” platform. It can help aggregate all manner of real-time data – from Facebook posts to Tweets to comments to blog posts on your own site – and help you and your users to interact with the content.“Real-Time As A Service”“We are putting forth the notion of ‘real-time as a service.’ Just like a start-up would no more build their own data center, a publisher or start-up should no longer build real-time. You could build Plancast with this. You could build Yammer,” said Loux. “The Web is becoming designing blocks and Echo, real-time as a service, is the new block in town.”In many ways, Echo has done this all along – it has allowed publishers to pull in and aggregate real-time content to display, in real-time, on their site. The big difference now is that the service is acting more as a real-time platform and less as a simple service to display real-time content. Once it pulls in the data, it stores it and lets you work with it. It “socializes” it. It lets you interact with the data in ways that are based on what users do with it. They can vote content up or down, comment on it, share it socially, and based on these actions the publisher can display it differently. And, of course, it’s all in real time. As Loux put it, Echo “doesn’t care” what type of content you’re dealing with, once it’s in the system it can be treated the same as any other.What Can Echo Do?If you want to see the new Echo in action, you can take a look at the Sports Illustrated World Cup site from last year, which uses the new service. It aggregates on-site content, tweets and photos to create a real-time site about the World Cup. Another site, set up for teen idol Greyson Chance, shows off the ability to pull in content and interact with it in different ways. In this case, the stream of pictures is created from Tweets using the #WOTL hashtag. But, as Loux pointed out, it would only take another step to turn the entire page into a contest, letting users vote on each others’ pictures and displaying them according to votes. That’s the type of interactivity that echo is trying to enable with its new service.Will it work? The company is coming out today with a number of big names, from NBC to Sports Illustrated to Reuters and Newsweek. But these are all companies that could certainly afford to build their own real-time components. The real question is whether or not small companies will use Echo as the real-time building block that Loux envisions. If Echo can bring the real-time Web to publishers big and small alike, in a way that they can interact with and own the content, it could make a big splash. Stay tuned below to watch today’s launch event, live from SF MOMA.Live TV by UstreamVisit the Official e2 Launch Microsite A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#Real-Time Web#web Related Posts mike melansoncenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Stair Design Basics

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. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Stair design requires attention to all of the usual rules of residential design. Stairs should be graceful, useful, and comfortable. In addition, stairs must also be safe. Clearly, safety is more important for stair design than for most design issues (for example, ceiling height or window orientation).Once you understand the basic principles of stair design, you’ll probably notice that lots of stairs lack a graspable handrail, or have inconsistent riser heights, or are dimly lit. Examples of flawed stairs are unfortunately common. Why should green builders care? Is stair design a green issue? Perhaps. There are at least two ways that stair safety principles are in mild conflict with green construction principles:I don’t want to belabor these two points, because the conflicts are obviously minor. Safety clearly trumps building size targets or energy use targets. Code requirements There are lots of good online documents on code requirements for stairs; for example: Stair safety basics I won’t try to recreate these guides here. Instead, I’ll focus on the most common stair safety issues.Designers and builders need to get these important details right: The 7-11 controversy Jake Pauls, a safety consultant from Silver Springs, Maryland, has carved out a niche as one of the nation’s most vociferous advocates for stair safety. He has been waging a tireless campaign is favor of the 7-11 stair for more than 30 years. Pauls argues that 7-11 stairs result in lower injury rates than steeper stairs.Pauls (and other 7-11 advocates) won an early victory in 1991, when BOCA, one of the model code organizations that pre-dated the establishment of the International Code Council, voted for a code change establishing a maximum stair riser height of 7 inches and a minimum stair tread width… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Where Do Your Deals Come From?

first_imgHere is what I want you to do today. I want you to log into your CRM and pull your total pipeline. Once you have the complete list of every opportunity you are currently working, I want you to note the method of prospecting that created that opportunity.There isn’t much disagreement around the idea that a warm referral is the very best way to acquire a new client. Count all of the opportunities you are working on now that were referred to you by an existing client. This may, in fact, be the warmest lead ever, but my guess is that you don’t have any in your pipeline right now.Count all the opportunities that came to you from the client researching your company and reaching out to ask for your help.  It is unlikely you’ll have any. This will be true despite the consistent reminder that your clients are allegedly searching the internet and already through their buying process when they reach out to you, a fact that, if true, would be producing more opportunities.Bundle together the opportunities that came from networking events, trade shows, and conferences. In some industries, this list will look pretty good. For most, however, it won’t amount to anything at all.Next look to see how many of the opportunities in your existing pipeline came from an inbound lead. For many—if not most of you—that number will be small, and many of them will have small dollars attached to them. This is the nature or of lead generation now that quantity is valued more than quality, a downloaded white paper making one a qualified lead.Now, count all the opportunities that you created through your own effort, splitting them into two categories. In the first category, count the opportunities that were created by you calling the client to ask them for a meeting. In the second category count the meetings you generated using LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, or YouTube.How many of your opportunities came to you without you having to make much of an effort? How many of them did you have to work to create and what work did you have to do to create those opportunities? I suspect you will find that most of your opportunities required you to do some form of outbound prospecting and that it took effort on your part—particularly for the larger, more valuable opportunities.All of these methods of creating opportunities are good and valid, even if some industries do better in some categories than others. It is important to know where your opportunities come from and put your effort where it generates the most return. If something doesn’t work for you, you should not in any way rely on that method of creating new opportunities. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

How to Protect Your Website Content From Future Panda Updates

first_img , a website focused on providing non-biased and thorough a a a for the ecommerce merchant. Balliett is also the co-founder of Killer Infographics, an infographic design Wrapping Up a If you have  , maintaining/improving your online presence and growing your traffic.  website about obtaining   small business to do when looking for unique web content that won’t  Focus Your Content Running your own website is the dream of many. Advances in technology have made it even easier to get started, but algorithm updates like Panda have made finding easy success  This is a guest post by Amy Balliett, the co-founder of differentiate, improve, grow, Perform an audit of your website , the internet leapt from hyper-speed to ludicrous speed pretty fast. (Okay, maybe it’s not that fast, but who can ignore the opportunity for  : Yes, that’s exactly what I said. Panda is Google’s answer to taking spam out of search results, so if your content is too optimized or written for search engines and not the end user, then it will likely come under attack as Google hones this new algorithm. Go through your content with  content is king  pretty big hit to their organic traffic because their content was low in quality. As Google continues to iterate on its Panda algorithm, more and more sites are feeling the sting, but there are still millions (if not billions) of web pages going strong. So, in  Differentiate Your Content  Google Caffeine take your content to the next level a  new perspective that you can’t personally supply while also adding unique and quality content to your website. It used to be that video was the perfect way to differentiate your brand from any other while positively serving your audience and If Panda taught us anything, it’s that ZippyCart.com You should always be brainstorming ways to add new content to your website that will also be beneficial to your audience. One way to look at it is that every single page of content is   must-have for many small businesses online. So what is  break 1. Infographics: Originally published Aug 9, 2011 8:01:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 . content marketing  month ago, it’s been too long. That may sound  a Improve Your Content  a  real challenge. By differentiating your content, focusing tightly on one topic, growing your number of related pages, and improving your existing ones, you’ll still have  .  PageRank infographic that explained Google’s PageRank in laymen’s terms. One year later, the page in which the infographic was posted has received over 30,000 new visitors and 2,500 inbound links! 3. Interviews:  website about health insurance, for instance, don’t start adding broad content about various diseases unless you can find an informative and helpful way to tie that to health insurance. Your website provides you with the opportunity to be  1. Lengthen Content  degree. Consider interviewing  Content Creation  Infographics are HOT right now! They  a For example, say you have  a  bit intense for some webmasters, but ever since the release of a  Remember list-style articles? They aren’t dead. If you run an online store, consider   world with so much information out there, how is your content going to stand out from the crowd and, importantly, how will you protect it from center_img  Spaceballs reference?) focus  weekly product roundup in which you list the highest selling products of the week as well as what makes those products great and unique. There are many great ways to incorporate lists into your content and many will require that you add one new article to your site per week at minimum (thus also helping you grow). Low-hanging fruit is always there. Even if you think you plucked it all months ago, as time goes on branches get heavier and more low-hanging fruit appears. Low quality content is one of the easiest pieces of low-hanging fruit to take care of immediately. Image Credit: If the last time you added fresh content to your website was  shopping cart reviews a  common belief that the Panda Update put content farms in its crosshairs. Content farms have hundreds (or thousands) of pages of content that cover hundreds (or thousands) of topics. Don’t do this. Instead, make sure that your content is targeted to one topic or industry. a to determine where to start. There are many angles you can take to improve poor-performing content:  student about his or her experience in college and posting that interview to your website. Interviews can provide your readers with  your content. Easier said than done, right? Well, here are some steps you can follow to  plan to fill out that content more. However, don’t write content just for the sake of writing content. Some pages won’t call for more content, and it’s important that you differentiate between those in need and those that would become spammy with unnecessary filler content  the bank? Here are   fine-toothed comb and ask yourself, “If I wasn’t trying to rank for that keyword, would I use it here?” If the answer is “no,” then you either need to write better content so the keyword does fit, or remove the keyword from that sentence entirely. The answer is simple: a  you the opportunity to build your brand, be a thought leader on   doorway into your website. If you are not building more doorways into your site, someone else will put a doorway to their own content out there in its place. Because of this, it’s important to continually grow your website. If Bubba was able to come up with hundreds of ways to serve shrimp, you can come up with hundreds of ways to evangelize your products or services through a a a Topics: a firm based on Seattle.  fighting chance. In other words, all success requires  a a give a  few ideas to get started: today even more than it was 5 years ago. At the end of 2010, there were 255 million websites online, which made for quite   topic in your industry, or just show off your humorous side. The right infographic can bring you dozens (if not hundreds) of high quality inbound links while also driving new eyes to your website. Around this time last year, I designed  : Identify every page that has fewer than 300 words and determine  a a Grow Your Content . Unfortunately though, video provides too many barriers to entry, the most important of which is budget. Because of this, video is still under-utilized and will likely continue to be on marketers’ wish lists but not  a  thought leader in your space, so don’t risk the good will that quality, targeted content can bring you by creating content that too loosely relates to your product or service. and  hungry Panda? While growing your content is important, it is equally important to ensure that your content is focused. While Google hasn’t said it outright, it is  bit of content! After Panda, 11% of those websites took  2. De-optimize Content gaining inbound traffic  little bit of elbow grease. Kevin Dooley a 2. Lists: a a Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more