first_imgWe’re thinking that only some of our very mature readers may remember these times.To link in with Heritage Week, Ballybofey, Stranorlar and District Historical Society will host an historical photographic exhibition in the Balor Arts Centre today between 11am – 6 pm, and tomorrow from 10 am – 5 pm.The event is free and should provide an opportunity for reminiscence and a trip down memory lane, and help give a good insight into our local history.Please feel free to bring along any photographs you feel might be of interest. Existing members are reminded that the membership fee for 2013/14 is no due.New members are always welcome.For more information please come along to the meeting or contact the society chairperson, Aubrey Oliver on 9131353 or e-mail: [email protected]  FANCY A FREE TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE? was last modified: August 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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


first_imgThe organisers of a massive Easter Eggstravaganza in aid of the Childhood Cancer Foundation, have made an appeal for more volunteers to help them with the running of their fantastic family fun day at Oakfield Park, Raphoe, on Easter Monday.Gerry Robinson is delighted to be hosting the fundraiser at Oakfield Park.The family day includes Easter themed activities such as an egg trail, face painting and a balloon artist as well as train rides around the park and a visit from Emerald Garrison, Ireland’s premier Star Wars costuming club.There will also be a vintage themed tea tent for grown-ups and home baked goods, perfect for an Easter picnic. However organisers of the event still need some help and they are urging anyone who would like to volunteer to get in touch with them.“We are hugely excited about Monday’s fun day and we know that everyone who comes along will really have a fantastic day, but we are also aware that will take a team of real heroes who will volunteer their time to help us ensure that everything runs smoothly,” one of the organisers, Maura Toner, said this week.Those volunteers can be adults or teenagers over 16 and Maura suggested it might be a fantastic option for Transition Year students or others seeking to record community and voluntary activity for awards such as Gaisce.“We have a range of voluntary roles to fill on the day and of course we already have people lined up to help, but we do need some more. If we have more volunteers than we need we will be only too glad to ask people to only give small amounts of their time,” Maura added. As well as volunteers on the day, the event organisers are hoping for donations of home-baking to keep their tea tent well stocked.“One way that people can definitely help is by donating items of home-baking for our tea tent and I am sure there are lots of people out there who would be more than keen to help out like that. In fact we already have had a few people offering to bake for us and that’s fantastic, but we will need lots to keep the tent well-stocked and all donations will be gratefully accepted.”The organisers have put together an amazing action-packed day and Sir Gerry Robinson of Oakfield Park says they are delighted to host the event.“This is a children’s cancer charity, set up by the parents of children who have been or are being treated for cancer in order to raise awareness of childhood cancer. A cancer diagnosis at any age is awful but when a child is diagnosed with cancer it has a ripple effect on their whole community.“Unfortunately in Donegal we have very high per capita rates of many cancers, including childhood cancers and I am delighted to be able to help Childhood Cancer Foundation to raise funds in Donegal for Ireland’s national childhood cancer organisation. They want to take some of the fear that comes with a cancer diagnosis away from families and that is a worthy goal.” He added: “I am proud that this will be the first event in Oakfield Park in 2014. The team from Childhood Cancer Foundation have been working with us for the past few months to organise a fun packed family day regardless of the weather, and between activities, families can enjoy the lovely surroundings of Oakfield Park.”Childhood Cancer Foundation was launched on 15 February 2014, International Childhood Cancer Day and aims to highlight the issues affecting families and children diagnosed with cancer. It aims to raise awareness of childhood cancer and also to assist funding of essential supports and advocating for improved services.The goal of the foundation is to improve the experience of those affected by childhood cancer during and after treatment, to assist funding research and to ultimately help find a cure.“We know that many people are looking forward to next Monday’s event, but we know too that there are many people out there who would be more than willing to help. We’re making this appeal now to let people know they can get involved and they can help. If they’d like to do so they can contact Maura Toner on 087 6967857, Virginia Murray on 086 8275700 or send a message through the facebook page –,” Maura concluded. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR DONEGAL CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER was last modified: April 15th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:cancerdonegalOakfield Parkvolunteerslast_img read more

Video: South African libraries

first_imgLibraries play a vital role in South African communities, enabling people to access a wide range of information and offering services such as children’s story-telling, classroom support and community event venues. But how many of us make use of these services? Click arrow to play video.Posted on on 30 March 2009.last_img

Ford boost for SA engineering skills

first_img2 February 2011Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has opened a world-class production simulator facility at the company’s assembly plant outside Pretoria that will be used to train both its own employees as well as engineering students from various institutions.The facility, which is attached to the motor company’s assembly plant in Silverton, is expected to provide practical training for mechanical and industrial engineering students from institutions such as the Tshwane University of Technology.“We’re excited about the opportunities this training facility will afford students in the engineering field,” FMCSA chief executive Jeff Nemeth said in Pretoria this week. “We see this facility as an enabler to grow and develop more engineering candidates, not only for Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, but for the industry as a whole.”World-class facilityThe facility, which was officially opened on Tuesday, follows the announcement that the company would invest R3.4-billion to produce its all-new Ford Ranger pick-up truck in South Africa.This world-class production simulator facility is focused on improving the assembly process capabilities of current and future FMCSA employees, in preparation for the production of the Ranger.The facility will enable FMCSA to train employees through simulating production processes off the line long before they start building the new vehicle.“While the facility will allow us to develop the assembly sequence and processes for our new product without disrupting the production of current models, it will allow us to improve the skills of our employees dramatically, enabling them to build world-class vehicles, with best in class quality, and compete with the best in the world,” said Nemeth.Commitment to auto industryGauteng MEC for Economic Development Qedani Dorothy Mahlangu said the provincial government was committed to growth in the automotive industry and had included the sector in its industrial policies and future strategies.She said an amount of R32-million had been allocated for training and development programmes at the assembly plant, giving a much-needed boost to skills development in the sector.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

New Energy-Saving Standards from Barack Obama

first_imgOn December 28, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued five new efficiency standards, culminating a decade of energy efficiency progress that began under President George W. Bush. The new standards, the last of many developed during the Obama administration, will save consumers money, help meet the nation’s energy needs, and reduce environmentally harmful emissions, including greenhouse gases. However, each of these new standards must clear one more hurdle before they are truly complete, which means the Trump administration will get the final word on this last batch of Obama-era standards.First, the new standards. They cover an eclectic mix of products. The first national standards for uninterruptible power supplies, portable air conditioners, and swimming pool pumps, which are based on a consensus agreement, each deliver surprisingly large savings. For pool pumps, California has led the way with pool pump motor standards, and Arizona, Connecticut, and Washington have followed. California and Oregon have previously set standards for uninterruptible power supplies as part of their battery charger standards. Building on this state leadership, the new DOE standards provide a consistent national standard for these products rather than state-by-state regulation.For walk-in coolers and commercial boilers, DOE’s latest actions would update existing national standards, originally signed into law by George W. Bush and his father, respectively. Manufacturers and installers of walk-in coolers negotiated the walk-in cooler levels with DOE and other stakeholders (including the Appliance Standards Awareness Project) after a lawsuit invalidated some earlier standards. The commercial boiler standards modestly increase the minimum levels for the heating equipment used in many mid- to large-sized buildings. Savings could reach $35 billionAltogether, this batch of new standards will save consumers and businesses $15 billion to $35 billion, according to DOE’s estimates. My colleagues Joanna Mauer and Chris Granda have described each in more detail in separate posts (pool pumps, portable air conditioners, uninterruptible power supplies, walk-in coolers, and commercial boilers).None of these standards has been especially controversial. But, in each case, the incoming Trump administration will get the final word. Under recently instituted DOE processes, final rules must be available for public review for at least 45 days before DOE can send them for official publication in the Federal Register. Standards published in the Federal Register after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration will be at the discretion of the new administration.One exception: the new swimming pool pump standards are exempt from this 45-day review period, because DOE is adopting them under a special process permitted for consensus-based standards. But, this special process also permits the DOE secretary to withdraw the new standard if significant objections are raised within the next few months. (The walk-in cooler standard is also a consensus-based standard, but DOE chose to adopt it through the process requiring the 45-day review period).So, what does all this mean? Donald Trump and his DOE Secretary-designate Rick Perry, if confirmed by the Senate, will get the final word on each of these new standards. California Approves Efficiency Standards for ComputersNew Furnaces Will Be More EfficientNew Efficiency Standards for ‘Wall Warts’Should the DOE Increase Furnace Efficiency Standards?A New Efficiency Standard for Gas FurnacesRefrigerators Get New Efficiency StandardsEnergy Efficiency Costs Less Than New GenerationWindow-Mounted Air Conditioners Save EnergyCalifornia’s Efficiency Standards Applied to TVs President Obama Orders Energy Department to Raise Appliance Efficiency Standards RELATED ARTICLES center_img DOE secretary designate may take pragmatic approachNeedless to say, the new secretary comes at energy policy from a different perspective than his immediate predecessors, and he’ll want to review all sorts of matters handed off to him. Undoubtedly, he will hear from some advisors that anything to do with the Obama administration should be deep-sixed.But there is reason to hope — based on his record in Texas and those of previous Republican administrations — that he’ll take a more pragmatic approach. Rick Perry knows something about conservation standards. As governor of Texas, he signed a package of water conservation standards into law. The 2009 state law, passed as an element of the state’s response to persistent drought, shows that even deeply conservative lawmakers can embrace the need for reasonable standards.Perry is not the first conservative governor of Texas to come around to support standards. As president, George W. Bush signed many standards into law as parts of the 2005 and 2007 national energy laws. Indeed, the enormous progress achieved on new standards during the Obama administration began under the Bush administration. After passage of the 2005 law and settling a lawsuit over many missed legal deadlines for updating standards, the Bush administration ramped up standards work.The trajectory of the Bush administration was not unlike that of another famous conservative. After initially refusing to establish any standards, President Ronald Reagan signed the original 13 national standards into law in 1987. Each learned that a balanced and cost-effective approach to meeting the nation’s energy needs must address not only the amount of energy produced but also the amount consumed. In 2015, U.S. electricity usage was about 13% lower than it would have been absent any standards.And that balanced approach has led to real-world benefits for everyday American families. We estimate that the typical household spends about $500 less a year on utility bills thanks to existing national standardsInterestingly, a recent poll showed Trump voters also support national standards. Seventy-six percent support “requiring manufacturers to make appliances more energy-efficient.”Let’s hope that the new administration starts with the same practical approach to efficiency standards that Reagan and Bush grew to embrace. With decisions due in the very first few months of new administration, we will know soon. Andrew deLaski is the executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project. This post originally appeared at the website of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.last_img read more

People in Calgaryfunded art say their photos were used without consent

first_imgCALGARY – A comedian from the United Kingdom says photos of her and her colleagues were used without their knowledge in artwork funded by the city of Calgary.A series of giant photographs called “Snapshots” was installed along an underpass in the city’s southwest in 2015 at a cost of $20,000.The city has a photo of the installation on its website.Comedian Bisha Ali posted on social media that she’s upset because neither she nor any of the other subjects gave their consent to the artist for their photos to be used.She says all the photos were taken as promotional head shots for a show that she and other comedians were involved in.Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he has asked staff to investigate and the city says it is working toward taking the photos down.“No one ever asked if they could use my giant face, so it was a kind of a surprise to me, and certainly (to) the photographer who took the photo,” Ali said Tuesday in a Skype interview with CTV Calgary.“Certainly, no one asked her because we’re friends. I’m sure it would have come up that this massive installation was happening.”(CTV Calgary)last_img read more