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€35,700 GRANT TO CLEAN UP DONEGAL

first_imgA grant of €35,700 has been allocated to clean up Donegal as part of a €1.09 million funding allocation via two environmental grant schemes.Dinny McGinley TDDeputy Dinny McGinley has welcomed the grants.“A total of €35,700 has been allocated to Donegal County Council to clean up Donegal and make it a better place to live. “€20,000 is being allocated to Donegal County Council under the 2015 Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme which allows them to support public education and awareness initiatives in relation to both litter and graffiti. There is a particular focus on voluntary initiatives involving schools, young people and community groups.“It is crucial that we support the many committed voluntary groups that do such great work in keeping our towns, villages and countryside clean. Graffiti and litter are the scourge of our society. We all should have the right to live in a clean well maintained environment and furthermore, it is crucial to ensure that the whole country is looking its best during peak tourist season.“We want to live up to the image of Ireland as a green and beautiful place. Fulfilling the expectations of visitors in this regard will hugely increase the chances of them making return visits or recommending Ireland as a destination to others.”A further €15,700 his being allocated to Donegal County Council under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund. This fund supports small scale non-profit local environmental initiatives by communities, individuals and not-for-profit groups.As part of the arrangement for this fund, Donegal County Council will provide matching funding for the projects that, in previous years, have included community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting schemes, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions.“Any groups seeking funding under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund should send an application form to Donegal County Council by 5pm on Friday 28th August 2015. Application forms, local authority contacts, and further information on the LA21 Environmental Partnership Fund can be obtained from the Department’s website: http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/LocalAgenda21/, and will also be available from the Council itself.”€35,700 GRANT TO CLEAN UP DONEGAL was last modified: August 6th, 2015 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

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Danny Murphy having a medical at Blackburn – report

first_imgDanny Murphy is reportedly close to signing for Blackburn Rovers.The Lancashire Evening News suggest that Murphy has undergone a medical at Ewood Park.QPR boss Mark Hughes has shown some interest in signing the veteran midfielder, whose Fulham contract is about to expire.Meanwhile, DJ Campbell is attracting interest from Reading and West Ham, according to The Sun.The striker joined QPR from Blackpool a year ago but endured an injury-blighted season, managing only one goal.It is claimed that Rangers could be willing to sell him for £700,000.The Sun also report a war of words involving Wigan chairman Dave Whelan and the agent of Victor Moses, who is said to be closer to joining Chelsea. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Recycling as a way of life

first_imgFor this year’s recycling drive, Brightwater Commons is encouraging the public to donate household and office goods that they no longer have use for.(Image: Brightwater Commons) MEDIA CONTACTS • Candice de Carvalho,  Brightwater Commons  +27 11 789 5052 RELATED ARTICLES • Recycled corks, safer communities • New way to build green homes • Bank’s green building looks ahead • Plastic recycling major job spinner • Scrapping the scrap tyre stockpilesCadine Pillay Often when one speaks of recycling, the first image that comes to mind is that of commonly recycled materials like beverage cans. According to Collect-a-Can, which has been in operation since 1993, beverage cans are the most recycled material in South Africa, with 70% of used cans recovered every year.There are, however, more materials that can be recycled than members of the general public are aware of.With its annual Recycling Week initiative, Johannesburg shopping and entertainment centre Brightwater Commons aims to educate people on the benefits of recycling and make the activity a part of their daily lives.For this year’s event, the public is being encouraged to donate household and office goods that they no longer have use for, and according to the centre’s marketing manager Francois du Buisson, just about everything on that list can be recycled.Recycling Week takes place from 30 August to 2 September in Randburg and between 8am and 5pm every day for that week; patrons of the centre can dispose of their old items on the premises.Why recycle?Many people are concerned about the manner in which goods are recycled, said du Buisson.“It is a major worry that these goods may just end up going to a landfill, and that is exactly what we are focused on avoiding,” he said.“With a new approach involving donating and up-cycling, we hope to encourage the reuse of materials before recycling.”Du Buisson added that reusing is just as responsible as recycling, if not more. After all, he said, if people reuse products their overall consumption requirements decrease.Materials that can be recycled include anything in the household that is made of tin, cans, glass, plastic and paper. Old appliances that are no longer used, such as old irons, hair-dryers, microwaves and kettles will be sorted and recycled at the end of the drive by partners sourced by Brightwater Commons.Waste Bank, an organisation that specialises in collecting and sorting recycled materials, will be on hand to help sort the donated goods so that they will be ready to be recycled correctly and efficiently.“The Spring Clean and Recycling could benefit not just your household, but also another in need. What may be old and boring to one could be new and exciting to someone else,” said Du Buisson.More to it than recyclingElectronic-based refuse such as old computer hard-drives, keyboards, printers, walkmans, phones, game consoles and CDs is generally referred to as e-waste. This and any other waste associated with electronic equipment can be brought to the centre during Recycling Week.On the final day of the drive, motorsport enthusiasts can take part in what Du Buisson calls the auto-jumble – an exchange or sale of historic racing cars among those who share an interest in them.Charities will also benefit from the activities of the drive. Windsor East Recreation Centre, Babies Behind Bars and Hospice are some of the organisations that have been earmarked to receive donated goods relevant to their needs and services.Everything from baby clothes and toys to blankets, fabric and curtains, as well as furniture usually makes it to the designated donation areas, and centre management is able to give the items that are in good shape to the charities involved.The green factorThroughout the week, the Green Living Expo will take place in the centre’s promotions court, with electronics retailer Stax on hand to showcase the latest energy saving gadgets and appliances to shoppers.Research done by Collect-a-Can shows that South Africans generate approximately 50 cubic metres of waste per annum, and this is before the consideration of other sources in the industrial field like mining, agriculture and forestry.The government’s National Waste Management Strategy, developed in 2011, stipulates plans to help promote waste management, reuse and recycling among the country’s citizens. Equally important, according to the document, is the efficient delivery of waste services by government organs.With a deadline of 2016 in mind, the Department of Environmental Affairs aims to achieve an annual recovery of 25% of all recyclable material that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.A Johannesburg-based organisation, Delta Environmental Centre, runs educational recycling programmes for schools with separate activities for the different phases. They also act as facilitators for companies or schools that wish to take part in programmes related to recycling.last_img read more

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Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Austin

first_imgTags:#Never Mind the Valley#start 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts chris cameron But something these companies have in common other than their birthplace is that they were all funded by Austin Ventures, the earliest player in the venture capital industry in the city.“Austin Ventures was pretty much the only significant game in town when it came to funding, and they knew IT software best,” says Jonas Lamis of Tech Ranch Austin, an incubator for early-stage startups. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… With help from Austin Ventures, dozens of technology companies have grown out of Austin – several of which have been acquired by top IT companies like IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, Hewlett Packard, and Sun Microsystems, to name a few. With just under $4 billion in assets, Austin Ventures has become the largest non-coastal venture capital firm in the United States.Lamis says that while a less “sexy” vertical like IT still pays the bills, its proliferation in the Austin area has been both positive and negative.“The good news is there’s a vibrant market for it,” Lamis told ReadWriteWeb. “The bad news is that consumer internet startups were missing from Austin and even today there’s very few of them.” But there are exceptions to every rule. Smaller startups like Gowalla (Alamofire), Socialware, Piryx and OtherInbox, as well as larger ones like Bazaarvoice, Spiceworks and SolarWinds have all found a home in Austin. And of course one would be remiss to forget the Austin community’s pride and joy, the interactive portion of South By Southwest (SXSW). A yearly showcase of some of the hottest startups and emerging technologies, SXSW has served as a launch pad for now ubiquitous startups like Twitter and Foursquare.Another industry thriving in the Austin startup scene is biosciences and environmental businesses, spurred by the Austin Technology Incubator at the University of Texas. In addition to IT and wireless, ATI hosts divisions devoted to helping launch startups in the clean-tech and bioscience industries. Executive Director of the Austin Wireless Alliance and ATI Director Bart Bohn says the last few years have seen a large uptake in traction for clean energy startups.“One event that signaled the transformation was the first Clean Energy Venture Summit in May of 2007 in Austin,” Bohn told ReadWriteWeb. “Thirty to forty investors came to listen to 15 or so startups, and 400 people attended. It was standing-room-only in biggest ballroom we could find.”Along with other groups such as CleanTX and the Solar Energies Entrepreneurs Network, Austin has quickly become known for clean energy innovation. Another organization, the Pecan Street Project, a coalition of various organizations and Fortune 100 companies, plans to redevelop an old municipal airport just a few miles from the UT campus into a community hooked into a smart electrical grid. Settled in the 1830s along the banks of the Colorado River and named for the Father of Texas Stephen F. Austin, the city of Austin is known for its thriving music scene and as the home of the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns. But in the past few decades, the Texas capital has built up a reputation of a different sort.With companies headquartered in Austin like Dell and Freescale Semiconductor, a spin-off of Motorola, the city has become a hotbed of information technology hardware and software. In the mid 1990s, Austin was put on the map by software companies like Motive, Vignette and Tivoli, the latter of which was quickly scooped up by IBM in 1996.RWW’s Never Mind the Valley series:AustinBangaloreBeijingBostonBoulderIsraelLondonLos AngelesNew YorkPortland This blending of unique industries in Austin is just a small part of what makes the city unique from other entrepreneurial communities like Silicon Valley. Mike Maples of Maples Investments knows the dichotomy that is the relationship between the Valley and Austin because his Silicon Valley-based agency invests roughly 20-25% of its money in Austin-based startups.“Silicon Valley is an acceleration machine for sure, but the downside is there can be a flight of talent to the winning ideas,” Maples told ReadWriteWeb. “Austin is a better place to have a stable base of people working at a company.”While Maples recognizes that Silicon Valley is a mecca for startups, he also says that arguing one over the other is like comparing apples to oranges – each has its pros and cons.“The other issue is that sometimes Silicon Valley is like 9-year-olds playing soccer, they just all chase after the ball,” says Maples. “Austin benefits from that. You get the occasional idea that no one in Silicon Valley cares about, but its a great idea.” Helping the Austin startup community take advantage of these opportunities are the numerous organizations and events in the city. Tech Ranch Austin, Capital Factory, Bootstrap Austin, Conjunctured, and the Austin Technology Incubator are just a few of the organizations working with Austin startups. Some of the more popular events in Austin include of course SXSW, Mobile Monday Austin, TeXchange, Austin Tech Happy Hour, and Ignite Austin.Maples envisions only more growth from the Austin community in the future and encourages them to not mimic Silicon Valley. Instead he suggests they jump ahead of the curve to the next big thing, which he says could be the consumerization of their already massive IT businesses.“For Austin, the opportunity is to merge software and services,” Maples says, encouraging the city to focus on what it knows best. “Always try to be your best self.”Photos by Flickr users roland and Kumar Appaiah.Special thanks to C. Enrique Ortiz, Jonas Lamis, Bart Bohn and Mike Maples for their help in gathering information for this article.last_img read more

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Are You Experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder?

first_img Picture created in Canva by Alicia Cassels. Return to article. Long DescriptionWhat is Seasonal Affective Disorder?Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression which is also referred to as SAD. Although a small portion of individuals experience SAD in the spring and summer, SAD tends to be experienced during the fall and winter months by the vast majority of people. It is important to recognize the potentially serious symptoms associated with SAD, a condition that may require medical treatment.What are the symptoms of SAD?According to the American Psychiatric Association, symptoms of SAD can vary from mild to severe and may include:Feeling of sadness or depressed moodMarked loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyedChanges in appetite; usually eating more, craving carbohydratesChange in sleep; usually sleeping too muchLoss of energy or increased fatigue despite increased sleep hoursIncrease in restless activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speechFeeling worthless or guiltyTrouble concentrating or making decisionsThoughts of death or suicide or attempts at suicideSAD may begin at any age, but it typically starts when a person is between ages 18 and 30What Causes SAD?According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, while the exact causes of SAD are unknown, researchers have identified some biological clues:“People with SAD may have trouble regulating one of the key neurotransmitters involved in mood, serotonin. One study found that people with SAD have 5 percent more serotonin transporter protein in winter months than summer months. Higher serotonin transporter protein leaves less serotonin available at the synapse because the function of the transporter is to recycle neurotransmitter back into the pre-synaptic neuron.People with SAD may overproduce the hormone melatonin. Darkness increases production of melatonin, which regulates sleep. As winter days become shorter, melatonin production increases, leaving people with SAD to feel sleepier and more lethargic, often with delayed circadian rhythms.People with SAD also may produce less Vitamin D. Vitamin D is believed to play a role in serotonin activity. Vitamin D insufficiency may be associated with clinically significant depression symptoms.”What are the Risk Factors for SAD?According to the Mayo Clinic:SAD is diagnosed more often in women than in men.SAD is diagnosed more frequently in younger adults than in older adults.People with SAD may be more likely to have blood relatives with SAD or another form of depression.Symptoms of depression may worsen seasonally if you have depression or bi-polar disorder.SAD appears to be more common among people who live far north or south of the equator. This may be due to decreased sunlight during the winter and longer days during the summer months.How is SAD treated?Your treatment provider will work with you to develop a specific treatment plan based on a number of available treatment options. Treatment interventions for SAD may include Bright Light Therapy (BLT) or phototherapy, which works to replace sunshine using artificial light. BLT typically involves sitting in front of a light box which emits full spectrum light similar to sunlight, while filtering out ultraviolet rays. Additional treatment interventions for SAD include Vitamin D, counseling, and/or antidepressant medication (Melrose, 2015).What should you do if you think you may be experiencing SAD?SAD is a form of depression. It is important to seek the help of a trained medical professional if you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of SAD. A medical provider or mental health professional can develop a diagnosis and work with you to identify appropriate treatment options. The National Institute of Mental Health offers additional information and resources on SAD and depression. SAD can present very serious symptoms. If you are currently experiencing serious symptoms, the American Psychiatric Association offers this recommendation:“If you feel the depression is severe or if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, consult a doctor immediately or seek help at the closest emergency room.”National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  800-273-TALK (8255).References and Resources:Melrose S. (2015). Seasonal Affective Disorder: An Overview of Assessment and Treatment Approaches. Depression research and treatment, 2015, 178564.NIMH » Seasonal Affective DisorderSeasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD) – Symptoms and Causes Written by Alicia Cassels, MFLN Program Development Specialist, Auburn Universitylast_img read more

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Four Implications of Universal Search for Small Business SEO

first_img 4.) Are You Listening to Your Customers? That means posting videos to YouTube, photos to Flickr, and tagging this multimedia content as thoroughly as possible. a new kind of search – universal, or blended, search – back in 2007 that, in addition to text-based results (web pages), would integrate different kinds of results such as video, images, and news, just to name a few. Roll out has been slow (a Google rep recently This multimedia content is yet another way for content written about you by you, your customers, or fans, to bubble to the top of search results. While you may not yet have posted any multimedia about your company, your customers are most definitely already talking about you online, in a variety of ways and mediums. that 1 in 4 searches now contain universal search results) and research on the effect on consumer behavior is limited and potentially inconclusive (both 3.) How Do You Convert Viewers of Multimedia? Topics: For all of your multimedia, give people a way to further engage with your company iProspect mid-2008 have conducted studies – Search Engine Optimization Kit , whether it’s by including a link to your website or relevant blog article in the video/image/etc. description, or including your logo or call to action within the multimedia. Learn more about how you can optimize your site to rank higher in search engines so you get found by more qualified prospects. Universal search results make it that much more important for you to listen and engage with your customers online . and eye tracking heat map analysis Still, there are a few clear implications of universal search results for businesses who want to better optimize their web presence for this new search landscape. , so that you know what they’re saying, and so that you can promote flattering content and respond to negative criticism. and OTO late 2008, to be released soon). It’s very possible that search engine optimization kit Creating content is the absolute best way to attract more prospects to learn about and engage with your brand – on your website as well as social media sites like Twitter, YouTube, or Flickr. But how are you supposed to turn YouTube video views into leads and sales for your business? With this new SERP real estate going to multimedia content, this issue has become even more pressing. 2.) More Emphasis on Top Search Results With these new, visually appealing, search results part way down the first page of search results, there is now a visual barrier that focuses users’ eyes even more on the top of the search results page. We already know from Originally published May 27, 2009 7:54:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 SEO reported Before universal search, SEO (search engine optimization) was all about creating remarkable content that people would link to and would be optimized for certain keywords so that your web pages would show up as one of those top 10 search results (the first page). But now, those 10 spots are cut down to 9, 8, 7, or fewer. Some of that old real estate is now reserved for different kinds of content across the web – video, images, etc. – that are on their own ranking algorithm. OTO Interactive How does your business plan to create multimedia content to leverage universal or blended search? this multimedia will continue to focus users’ eyes on the top of the first SERP, so your website better be one of the first search results.  that users focus on the “golden triangle” (planted in the top left hand corner of the SERP) and few people scroll to the bottom of the page or go on to the second, third, etc. SERP. announced iProspect There are new opportunities to get on that first page of search results, and businesses need to create multimedia content to take advantage of this new real estate. Google first 1.) New Real Estate Download our 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

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Study Shows 28% of US Holiday Buyers are Influenced by Social Media

first_img social media programs in place as a business. Are you ready for 2010? According to comScore Webinar: The Science of Social Media Marketing adoption of social media Social Media Marketing We are likely seeing the dawning of the real use of social media in the process of marketing and selling. It is more important than ever to have these “Social media really appears to be emerging as an important marketing channel this holiday season,” added Mr. Fulgoni. “On the one hand, its emergence is being driven by increased consumer adoption of these technologies and the exponential growth in digital word-of-mouth that is occurring over this medium. On the other hand, having a social media marketing strategy makes sense for retailers in this environment because it’s cost-effective and shows an effort to get closer to one’s customers. I think we are getting our first real glimpse at the impact social media will play on commerce as we enter the next decade.” We all know that this year has been a tough year for everyone. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that if there is any increase in spending for the holiday season year over year than it should be declared a victory. at this point in the holiday buying period there is a 3% overall increase over last year’s results. Of course, last year was a very rough one for retail so this increase is not a clarion call for the end of the recession. Topics: Originally published Dec 9, 2009 11:41:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Social media scientist Dan Zarella explain what drives people to share information and opinions online. Download the free webinar Gian Fulgoni, comScore’s Chairman has this to say about the results of their survey. in marketers’ efforts to sell more product. It appears as if the reality is rapidly catching up to the hype with regard to social media. The following chart from comScore shows just how the influence of certain social media practices serve to influence buying habits this year. One aspect of this holiday season though that is very evident is the further and learn scientifically proven best practices for spreading your content virally through social media. 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

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10 Big Marketing Stories That You Might Have Missed This Week

first_img – Does your business use Twitter? If so, learn from Search Engine Land how to use your account to help improve your Google rankings. – If you have been thinking about video blogging, check out this article from Search Engine Journal. It just might convince you to start. How To Use Twitter To Boost Your Google Rankings – If you are a business that is blogging, it can be a great idea to look at other successful business blogs to help you understand what they are doing that contributes to their success. Social Media Examiner has a great post highlighting 10 examples. How To Create A [Good] Blogger Pitch 9. – If you are interested in social media marketing strategy, you might want to check out this new post from the TopRank Online Marketing Blog. 23 Reasons To Add Video Blogging To Your Content Repertoire Social Media Marketing: Strategy to Commerce 10 Marketing Stories to Know This Week – While many people may want the press release to die, it is still hanging around. The folks at Copyblogger outline steps for writing one that can drive results. 6. 3. 10. umjanedoan – Bloggers can be a hard group of people to influence. Social Media Explorer shares some knowledge on how to pitch them with your story idea. The 6 Essential Steps to Writing a 
Killer Press Release Rethinking the Future of Business Part 1: The State of Corporate Social Media Originally published Jan 27, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated March 21 2013last_img read more

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10 Marketing Tips From the Speakers of Upcoming 2011 #IMS [Contest]

first_img and Inbound Marketing Summit sign up for the discount (requires no purchase) HubSpot User Group Summit ,  everyone who entered gets 20% off their tickets to the 2011 IMS and HUGS events. Simple as that! There is no financial obligation to enroll in this contest. Do you plan to attend IMS? Have you attended previous years? What are you most excited for? View more presentations from Marketing Wisdom: 10 Marketing Tips From the Speakers of 2011 Inbound Marketing Summit Originally published Jun 16, 2011 12:30:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 If As a special bonus, three entrants will be randomly selected to win a free pass to both events, an $800 value. Have fun with it, and ask your network to help! To celebrate this great event, the IMS and HUGS team are giving folks acenter_img The Claim your discount now or learn more! are two of the biggest inbound marketing events of the year. Running back-to-back September 14-16, 2011, here’s what you have to look forward to: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Race to 20% – Win Discounted or Free Tickets 2,000 people . How does it work? HubSpot Internet Marketing by Friday, June 17 @ 5:00pm ET chance to win 20% off (or free tickets!)last_img read more

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