Garda appeal after three arrested for suspected drink-driving

first_imgGardai in the Milford District have appealed to people not to drink and drive for the sake of their community.It follows the arrest of 3 people in the area last weekend on suspicion of drink-driving.A spokesman for the Milford Garda District said they would ask people not to drink and drive and to take other steps to prevent this happening. These include:• that a designated driver is always nominated.• People do not travel with a driver that has consumed alcohol or drugs.• Report persons driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.The spokesperson added “Together we can make the roads of Donegal safe for all.”Garda appeal after three arrested for suspected drink-driving was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 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

East Bay native who played for Jets, 49ers passes away

first_imgHayward native Ed Galigher, who starred in three sports at Chabot College before he went on to play seven seasons in the NFL, including two with the 49ers, died Tuesday after experiencing complications following a double lung transplant procedure. He was 68.Galigher had the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to longtime friend Zack Papachristos, but suffered complications after surgery.Galigher was born in Hayward and graduated in 1968 from Sunset High School, …last_img

Equal-Opportunity Feather Ruffling

first_imgIt seems as though the National Green Building Standard, and NAHB in general, have been getting a lot of heat here and elsewhere lately, so I think it is time to ruffle the feathers of LEED for Homes and the USGBC. In my work providing certification under both programs, I have uncovered many of their deep, dark secrets. Both have very specific requirements and unique gaps that will be addressed in detail in future articles on GBA. In the meantime, just to keep things interesting, I thought I would review some of the features of LEED for Homes that read somewhere between confusing and incomprehensible.A balancing actAs I understand it, the initial goal of LEED for Homes was to have a total of 100 available points to earn. While this makes a certain amount of sense (we do, after all, score lots of things on a 0 to 100 scale), it proved to be too much of a challenge, and the program ended up with a 45- to 136-point range. Obtaining certification at the different levels—Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum—requires a range of points, determined by house size and number of bedrooms. As LEED has fewer points available than other programs, each of those points becomes extremely valuable when seeking certification. What’s the point?This shortage of available points has caused some significant imbalances in their value. For example, if you install a $10 timer on a bath fan, you get a full point. If you hire a third-party inspector to perform a flow test on that same fan, and if it tests out within specs, you get another point. The first one is simple, cheap, and guaranteed, while the second is complicated, expensive, and, if the flow test doesn’t meet the equipment requirements, you don’t even get the point. Both practices are highly recommended, but there is a significant disparity in the cost/benefit ratio.“Point shopping” in the certification process is common. Builders start with the least expensive points, then they go for the more expensive ones until they get to the level they are seeking. This practice seems to be exacerbated by the relatively few points available.Curiouser and curiouserTo me, the most curious requirement in LEED for Homes is the prerequisite on material use. The builder must develop a “lumber waste factor,” an ill-defined document showing that he/she did not overorder framing materials. While I agree that avoiding waste in the construction process is very important, I have yet to find a satisfactory explanation for this requirement. It would be very interesting to see research showing that this requirement actually has an effect on the amount of job-site waste.Gaming the systemEach project also requires a climate- and project-specific “durability plan,” including a risk evaluation form and an inspection checklist. In theory, this makes sense, but in practice, the durability plan can be subject to “gaming” by the builder, either intentionally or through ignorance.One major problem with the durability plan is that there are no requirements for standard exterior moisture control measures. The project team creates its own durability plan, and if it is decided to omit critical measures such as a weather-resistant barrier or window flashing, the project still could receive LEED Home certification. This is not very likely, but it certainly could happen if someone either chose to game the system or just didn’t know any better. In my capacity as a Green Rater on LEED Homes, I have seen many incomplete durability plans, almost all because the project team was ignorant of the LEED program.Results not yet inAs LEED for Homes is still fairly new, and the Green Building Standard even newer, we will have to wait for a critical mass of certified projects before we can pass judgment on the true value of either. In the meantime, however, I think it is important to bring these issues to the attention of the industry and the sponsoring organizations. As they revise their programs, we can only hope that they listen to the end users and incorporate good suggestions. And I always enjoy ruffling feathers. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: LEED for HomesWhy Is the U.S. Green Building Council So Out of Touch?It’s 2012 — Do You Know Where Your LEED for Homes Is?How to Cheat* at LEED for HomesNew Urbanist Andres Duany Lashes Out at LEEDGreen Building Programs Got Some ’Splainin’ to Do LEED-H Clarifications Raise More Questions Than They Answerlast_img read more

Chrome Extension Protects Privacy Against Google, Facebook & 1,000 Other Sites

first_imgTags:#privacy#web It told me that Facebook tracks on a whopping 86% of the sites I have visited and makes, on average, about 16 cents per year on ads at my level of activity.I feel I have the most to loose with Google: By boosting my privacy settings, I’m sacrificing some efficiency in my searches. But that’s a small price to pay, considering the amount of data I end up unknowingly sharing every time Google or Facebook change their user policies or develop new features to better target ads at me. Related Posts PrivacyFix is offered by PrivacyChoice.org, which helps one million people track their privacy. The product was developed with input from several hundred testers who helped make it easy to understand and use.“The data collection industry sees easier privacy controls as a threat to its existence, so initiatives like Do-Not-Track have seen fierce opposition,” Brock said. “Our biggest risk is that Facebook and Google will interfere technically with how Privacyfix operates. But that’s a battle we’d love to fight.” For the record – as though it needed stating – PrivacyFix also makes it clear at several points on its site and the in-app prompt screens that it does not store your data and has no way of knowing who you are.Is PrivacyFix For You?I’ve only been using PrivacyFix for a few hours at this writing, but my review has been fairly exhaustive and I plan to keep on using it.The initial scan was eye-opening. I had manually gone through my Facebook privacy settings earlier this year, amping up my privacy and deleting apps I didn’t use anymore. PrivacyFix showed me that many of the apps had been reactivated on Facebook and several Facebook privacy settings – including the one that allows Facebook to use my likes in advertising – had reverted back to less-private settings. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Chrome extension runs you through a checkup of your privacy settings for Facebook and Google, and it lists all the cookies currently tracking you as you use your browser. The extension takes you to each site to make fixes, explaining each change in clear, direct language that makes the pro and cons of each setting change easy to understand.In less than 10 minutes I had recalibrated my privacy settings and sent automatically generated email requests to delete my information from the sites PrivacyFix couldn’t block. If any settings change – as is wont to happen amid ever-changing user agreements – or if I visit a new site that is going to install tracking cookies or otherwise violate my privacy, PrivacyFix’s HealthTracker will alert me in the upper-righthand corner of my browser. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img What Gets BlockedPrivacyFix promises to block tracking by over 1,000 sites, but pays particular attention to Facebook and Google. It promises to block the offline data tracking by Facebook that we wrote about last week, and will remind you at regular intervals to run a privacy scan. dave copeland A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If you’re tired of logging into Facebook to reset your privacy options every time the company updates its user agreement, a new Chrome extension may be the fix you’re looking for.PrivacyFix is being released today, and after playing with it, I’m thinking it may be the long-sought after answer to privacy concerns that regular Google and Facebook users hear on an almost-daily basis.“Default privacy settings on sites like Facebook are revenue- driven, not privacy-driven,” PrivacyFix founder Jim Brock said in a release. “Privacyfix puts you back in control of your data.”  Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Twenty20 wins boosted our confidence: Mohammad Aamer

first_imgPakistan’s young pace sensation Mohammad Aamer feels the back-to-back wins in the Twenty20 Internationals against Australia will give his side an edge over Ricky Ponting’s men in the two-Test series which began at Lord’s yesterday.In the run up to the Test series, Pakistan defeated Australia in two Twenty20 matches at Birmingham last week and Aamer was instrumental in both the victories, scalping six wickets.”The T20s went well for the team and me personally. However, as we all know Test cricket is a completely different game. Of course, the confidence we were able to gain from the T20s will be an advantage for us,” Aamer said.He also believes that the Test series against Australia will mark the dawn of a new era for the team, especially after the recent changes in Pakistan cricket.”We are beginning a new era in Pakistan cricket which I am really excited about,” said the 18-year-old left-arm pacer.Aamer took 21 wickets in the first eight Test matches of his career, including eight wickets in the two games against Australia.last_img read more

Get Ready To TRANS4M With william

first_imgThe i.am.angel foundation will once again present its TRANS4M Conference and Benefit Concert on January 23, 2014.will.i.am launched the i.am.angel foundation in 2009 to TRANS4M lives through education, inspiration and opportunity. As a part of its mission the i.am.angel foundation administers charitable activities and programs targeted towards providing college scholarships (i.am scholarship Fund), financial literacy (i.am.home Fund) and college preparation and student life (i.am College Track). i.am.angel has a passion to promote and expand education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Athletics and Mathematics (i.am STEAM).In February of 2012, will.i.am and the i.am.angel foundation held its first TRANS4M conference and benefit concert targeting the TRANS4Mation of will.i.am’s home town community – Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, California. In 2013, TRANS4M grew to include the inaugural class of 60 i.am College Track students and a visit from President Bill Clinton. The 2014 TRANS4M conference and benefit concert on Thursday, January 23rd will continue to chart their growth and expand our potential.TRANS4M is a conference sponsored by the i.am.angel Foundation co-hosted by will.i.am and Brian David Johnson, Futurist and Principal Engineer at Intel. TRANS4M is a collection of conversations, catalysts and performances geared towards a shared aspiration. The conference leverages a collaborative effort among businesses, non-profits, government, and community volunteers to promote innovation and solve large chronic problems. TRANS4M is where big ideas meet up with even bigger collective potential to deliver tangible results to the community.will.i.am and The Black Eyed Peas have been hosting charitable events on the Thursday before the Grammys for over 10 years. The benefit concert has become the Grammy weekend kick-off event in Los Angeles. It brings an eclectic group of performers for a once in a lifetime musical experience. Past performers at the benefit concert have included: The Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Sergio Mendes, Erykah Badu, David Guetta, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Carlos Santana, Maroon 5, Pink, Macy Gray, Common, Slash, Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men, Lupe Fiasco, Wyclef Jean, Mos Def and many others.In 2013 more than 1,700 guests packed the house at Avalon Hollywood to hear performances by will.i.am, The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Estelle, Coco Lee, Ludacris and Bobby Brown. The event generated more than $3.3 million in donations and partnership grants to continue funding TRANS4Mation in Boyle Heights. The venue featured various STEAM-themed exhibits including a fighter jet, a lunar rover; a hovercraft and the i.am ART lounge. The TRANS4M benefit concert is more than just another fundraiser. TRANS4M is where the world’s greatest entertainers meet the innovators of today to create a greater collective potential for tomorrow.To find out more about TRANS4M, click here.last_img read more