Relief as missing woman is found safe

first_imgA Donegal woman who was reported missing since yesterday has thankfully been found safe and well.Gardaí issued an appeal this Sunday evening for help finding a 24-year-old woman from Quigley’s Point.The post was widely shared across social media, and within an hour, Gardaí gladly reported that the woman is now home after being found safe and well.  Relief as missing woman is found safe was last modified: December 10th, 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)last_img read more

Infrastructure boost for AltX

first_img15 March 2006The government’s multi-billion rand infrastructure spending plans are attracting growing interest from South Africa’s investment community, with the listing of two construction-related companies on AltX in the space of a month, and a third to follow close on their heels.Esor Limited, one of the country’s four largest geotechnical engineering specialists, listed on the JSE’s alternative exchange for small to medium and growing companies on 14 March.This followed construction group WG Wearne’s AltX listing on 21 February, and according to Business Day another construction-related company, PSV Holdings, is due to list in April. The government’s budgeting of a massive R372-billion for upgrading and building of new infrastructure over the next three years is set to be a powerful growth driver for South Africa’s construction industry.Added to this is the country’s preparations for hosting the 2010 Football World Cup, which will see stadiums being upgraded and new ones built, associated work on roads and airports and knock-on expansion in the hotel and leisure industry.Investor confidence in both Esor and WG Wearne was evident, with the latter listing at almost double the price of its earlier 100c a share private placement.In the case of Esor, 5.3-million shares changed hands within two hours of listing, in 320 transactions with an aggregate value of R10.2-million. The share hit an early high of over R2.05 after a strong debut on the exchange at R1.83, giving the company a market capitalisation on listing of R219.6-million.Esor is celebrating its thirtieth year of profitability, with projected revenue to February 2006 of R117.3-million, up 17% on 2005, expected to yield a net profit of R11.9-million.“Esor’s net profit forecast for 2007 of R15-million is underpinned by an order book for the current financial year that is already healthy,” CEO Bernie Krone said in a statement issued by AltX.The company’s new contracts span a range of projects, including an R8.5-million municipal stormwater outfall pier at Umhlanga in KwaZulu-Natal, a R7.5-million project on the Delft-Gateway Collector Sewer in Cape Town, and a R4.5-million piling contract for luxury residential units in the Zimbali Coastal Resort in KwaZulu-Natal.Krone said Esor’s order book could benefit from a planned new terminal at Johannesburg International Airport, as well as from construction work associated with one of government’s most profiled infrastructure projects, the Gautrain rapid rail link connecting the airport, Johannesburg and Pretoria.Noah Greenhill, head of business development at the JSE, said it was “heartening to see a company such as Esor, in the infrastructure environment, successfully taking advantage of the current growth opportunities.”A partnership between the JSE Limited and the Department of Trade and Industry, AltX gives smaller companies the opportunity to issue new shares, raise capital, widen their investor base and have their shares traded in a regulated market.Launched in October 2003 as a parallel market to the JSE, AltX is specifically aimed at fast-growing businesses, start-ups, family-owned businesses, black economic empowerment companies and junior mining companies.In its early days, when AltX comprised a handful of “transferred” listings, sceptics wrote the market off as a “junior bourse” that would soon fizzle out.Now, as Fin24 correspondent Marc Hasenfuss noted recently, “the AltX functions as a vibrant little corner of the JSE with 16 listings (and a few more in the pipeline) with a collective market capitalisation that should shift closer to the R5-billion mark in the months ahead.” reporterlast_img read more

Refrigerators Get New Efficiency Standards

first_imgEnergy consumption is much lower than it used to beCalifornia was the first to adopt energy standards for refrigerators in 1978 in the wake of the OPEC oil embargo of 1973, and as other concerns about petroleum supplies began to surface. Manufacturers have been required to meet Department of Energy standards since 1990.California’s move helped put the brakes on a long-standing upward trend in energy use: Between 1947 and 1974, power consumption had climbed from an average of less than 400 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity to more than 1,800 kWh per year.Since then, average power consumption has steadily declined, ACEEE said, dropping below 1,000 kWh for the first time by the early 1980s and, with the adoption of the most recent standards, should decline to less than 500 kWh a year.A refrigerator that just meets the new energy requirements will use between $215 and $270 less in electricity per year than a model that just met the California standards in 1978. (Keep in mind the government sets different efficiency standards for different models; in all, there are 18 categories of refrigerators and freezers covered by federal rules.) Boxes are bigger, but they cost lessThere’s a good argument to be made that American families could easily make do with much smaller refrigerators. The ACEEE finds that the average size is now more than 20 cubic feet, and has been for most of the last 40 years.Even so, prices are coming down. In 2010 dollars, the average cost has fallen from a high of $1,566 in the mid-1970s to about $550 in 2010. Of course it is possible to spend a lot more than that, but average prices have fallen even as manufacturers add features such as ice-makers and beverage dispensers.ACEEE said that as more consumers replace old refrigerators with new ones, energy use will continue falling. The new standards should save enough energy in the next 30 years to meet the total energy needs of one-fourth of all the homes in the U.S. for one year, ACEEE said. Consumers will save as much as $36 billion over the same period. As the modern refrigerator marks its 100th anniversary this year, new federal efficiency standards take effect on September 15 that will cut energy consumption on most models by between 20% and 25%, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).The drop in power consumption continues a trend that started nearly 40 years ago with efficiency standards approved by the then fledgling California Energy Commission.Before the advent of electrically powered refrigerators, people kept perishable foods in cabinets cooled by blocks of ice, and since the first models were introduced the refrigerator has undergone a remarkable transition (for a history of the classic GE Monitor-Top model first manufactured in the 1920s, see Martin Holladay’s blog from May 2012.)Three things have happened to refrigerators since the 1970s, when the first efficiency standards went into effect, the ACEEE said in a report about the evolution of this appliance: energy consumption has dropped significantly, prices are lower, and refrigerators are bigger.last_img read more

The Killer Feature In Instagram’s New Videos Isn’t What You Think It Is

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#Instagram#social networks#Sources And Sinks#twitter#video#Vine Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit I think everyone’s looking at Instagram’s new videos the wrong way.What will make Instagram successful in video isn’t some specific product. Rather, it’s the way Instagram videos play well on Facebook. And I mean “play well” both literally and figuratively.The Featured PresentationEveryone’s comparing Instagram to Twitter’s Vine app. Both allow users to take short video clips. And so it’s easy to tick off a list of explicit product features—max video length, stabilization, filters, and so on—without considering which ones people will really use.A video of Ramona the Love Terrier, as she appears on Facebook.I’ve long argued that what made Instagram special was not its photo filters, but the ease and speed of sharing.Ease And SpeedOne reason brands flocked to Instagram early on, even though there wasn’t (and still isn’t) any way to advertise on Instagram, was that Instagram made it easy for them to post photos to Facebook pages. And when Instagram launched, it was a better way to share photos on Facebook than Facebook’s own mobile app—with one disadvantage, which is that photos appeared as small thumbnails.In January 2012, Instagram made a key switch, posting photos at full size on Facebook.“That was huge for us,” Instagram founder Kevin Systrom told me at Thursday’s launch event for Instagram video at Facebook headquarters. In a matter of months, Instagram’s user base ballooned to 30 million users—and Facebook announced it would buy Instagram for a billion dollars.At the event, Systrom also confirmed to me that videos would post to Facebook in the same direct manner.Sources And Sinks Of VideoTwitter’s Vine can technically post to Facebook, but it’s limited to a link and a thumbnail—a weaker level of integration that means users must click through to watch a video.And here’s how a Vine video of Ramona appears on Facebook.On Twitter, it’s the opposite situation: Vine videos play automatically within tweets, while Instagram videos, like Instagram photos, appear only as a link which users must click.This state of affairs is vaguely annoying for users, who must choose whether their friends on Twitter or Facebook (or just Vine and Instagram, which are specialized social networks in their own rights) see a given video.But for brands seeking to maximize the reach of marketing materials they create, it’s maddening. Do they make a Vine video or an Instagram? If they have to pick one, it will probably be Instagram, with its 130 million users and hooks into Facebook’s billion-user audience—not to mention the advertising-friendly 15-second length.This is just part of a larger battle Twitter and Facebook are fighting to become the ultimate sink—the collecting point, the final destination—of all forms of expression on the Web, from textual status updates to photos, videos, and links.You’ve Got A Lot Of Work To Do, So I’m Going To Let You Get To ItInstagram is far from done. Systrom confessed to me that he hadn’t gotten a chance to test the integration with Facebook Pages before launch. When we tested it, we discovered Instagram videos wouldn’t play natively within Facebook’s mobile app. Instead, they launch the Instagram app and play there. That’s something Systrom’s colleagues will likely have to resolve with an update to Facebook’s mobile app. (On the website, as promised, Instagram videos play on user profiles, brand pages, and the News Feed.)Twitter also has an interesting distribution opportunity that Instagram lacks—the open Web. Like YouTube videos, you can embed Vine videos on any Web page. You can’t do that with Instagram—at least not without some elaborate workarounds that aren’t supported by Facebook and could break at any time. For marketers eager to reuse videos they take for Vine on other websites, that could be a selling point.The end game here is to fill our social spheres with short, easy-to-consume, enjoyable video—and then unobtrusively slip in some video ads into the stream.For Facebook and Twitter, Instagram and Vine don’t have to be ad platforms in their own right. All they have to do is lower the barriers to sharing video. That’s the one feature that really matters—and so every little detail of how moments turn into moving images is crucial for their success. owen thomaslast_img read more