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NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgUnder 8 coaching will continue in the Sports hall in Dungloe on Saturday at 11am. Under 10’s will start at 12 noon.There will be a minor board meeting this Friday night at 8:30 in the clubhouse at the Banks. All committee members and coaches are asked to attend.Sean Boyle and Garagh White were involved in the Vocational Schools All-Ireland last weekend that finished in a draw. It is provisionally reschedule for Pearse Park Galway on St. Patricks day. Registrations are now due. 15 euro per child or 30 euro for two or more children. Over 18 is 30 euro and students 20 euro. Membership must be paid by everybody by March 17th. Registration is required by players and non playing club members. This is a requirement also to be eligible for tickets to county championship games and voting at meetings. Players are not entitled to play or train with club unless they have paid membership as they will not be covered by our insurance schemeMembership of the 100 club is currently being collected as well as membership for Club Donegal and it would be appreciated if you could reach out to your representative regarding this.Coaching dates: Wednesday 30th March – Games To Develop Football U.10 & U.12, O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny. These are organised by county board and all coaches are encourgaed to go along or contact Gary Boyle.The club is looking at mapping out its club plan for the short and long term and as part of that process we want to reach and involve everybody in the area. We are planning on having an open evening at the Banks on Tuesday 15th March from 7pm to 10pm. This will provide an opportunity for anybody with any thoughts or ideas on the direction of the club to come along and discuss and put forward your ideas. Lotto details for week 23rd Feb; jackpot 860 euro. No jackpot winner. There was 1 match 3 winner – Dr. Brennan, Bunaman. Numbers were 4-5-16-18.100 CLUB FEB DRAW: 400 Euro – Daniel Sweeney,Mulachderg. 200 Euro – Danny O’Donnell, Rann na feirste. 100 Euro each – Tony Delap, Braade, Michael Logue,Loughanure, Sean McFadden,Calhame, John O’Donnell,Rann na Feirste.Some Yearbooks still available by contacting Secretary – Donal Sharkey.NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 1st, 2011 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

McFADDEN FIGHTS THROUGH THE PAIN BARRIER TO WIN ‘THE RACE’

first_imgFriends Sean McLoughlin and Sean McFadden celebrate at the end of the gruelling race.What an absolute legend!When people talk of endurance races, they should chat to Sean McFadden.He’s a man who mixes a full-time job with Donegal County Council, teaching kids and also coming home first in one of the toughest races on the planet. The loneliness of the long distance runner.The Letterkenny man, 38, put in a gruelling fifteen hours and eight minutes on a bike and on his feet to complete an exhausting 250 km course.It wasn’t course over nice tarmac on a warm, sunny day either.It was up and down Muckish, in driving wind and rain in some of the most challenging terrain in the world.And the Letterkenny man came out on top ahead of 63 other competitors. Sean finally crossed the line at the finish of ‘The Race’ at Gartan at 9.08pm.At the line was his devoted wife Irene and his children, his mum Chris and sisters and the many friends who backed his personal journey which saw him test himself to the very limits.He was followed by equally tough competitors in Sean McLoughlin and Eddie Brennan.And then, of course, was the toughest of women, Diane Behan who crossed the line after a numbing 18 hours and 43 minutes.Our respect goes to all 64 competitors who were brave enough to cross the line at the start of this toughest of races. McFADDEN FIGHTS THROUGH THE PAIN BARRIER TO WIN ‘THE RACE’ was last modified: March 8th, 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

CIARAN HARAN WINS TOURNAMENT SPONSORED BY THE KITCHEN LETTERKENNY

first_imgLETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB REPORTS/NEWS.Wednesday 25th Open, kindly sponsored by our new sponsor to the club, The Kitchen, Letterkenny, recorded a large entry no doubt due to the summer season which we are having and taking the top prize as well as the sunburn was Ciaran Haran [12] who, having had a ‘blank’ at Glebe [2nd], replied with birdies at 5th [Inishowen and 7th [The Isle] for an outward nine of 23pts and, despite a double bogey at Candalabra [15th], a finishing birdie at 18th had him return a winning 43pts. Just one point adrift in second place was Shane Scanlan [8] who, despite starting with a ‘blank’ at Hall Door [1st] proceeded to record a level par score from 2nd thru 18th, consisting of bogey at Crievesmith [9th] and birdie at Stockade [par five18th] for a one under par back nine and 42pts. overall. In third place was the ever present Kevin Hensey [13] whose front nine scoring had left him far afield at the turn, with a bouble bogey at 2nd, birdie at par five 7th, back-to-back ‘blanks’ at 8th and 9th, only to record a birdie at the Stack Yard [14th] and an eagle three at the par five 18th where he played a driver and nine iron to the hole to finish on 41pts. Gross prize was won by Kevin Hannigan [6] with 33 gross points.Friday 27th Open, which saw a great entry of twelve visitors to the club playing with a strong breeze and very hot sunshine, was won by David Mc Comiskey [15] with 35pts.Sunday 29th Open, gratefully sponsored by annual sponsor C & M Embroidery [Cathal Sheridan], was won by new season member and cat 4 prodigy Richard Spratt [28] with 41pts. Playing steady, handicap golf, Richard’s pars gave him those extra points needed to keep juvenile prospect Lee Walsh [14] in runner-up spot. Despite a triple bogey at Hall Door [1st], Lee’s tenacity on the course helped him to a front nine of 20pts and with 19pts recorded on back nine, returned 39pts to relegate veteran member Tommy Daly [19] to third on B.O.T. With Tommy scoring 23pts on front nine with the help of a birdie at The Isle [7th], a win looked a possibility but no doubt that ‘blank’ at Aughaninshin [17th] had him lose out on top spot.Monday 30th Cat 4 members are growing like the summer flowers with over twenty turning out on Monday night to see Richard Spratt completing the double with his second win with 28pts and B.O.T. over Garvin Mc Cahey, also 28pts, over 13 holes.Friday 3rd June will see the ever popular classic in aid of the Raphoe Comm. Group and Dromore N.S, Saturday4th will host an Open competition and also the St. Eunan’s College Alumni [visitors welcome] while Sunday th will have the J.J.Reid sonsored Open.followed by the Bank Holiday Open on Monday. Wednesday 8th Open is sponsored by Sheridan Security while Open Week tees off on Friday 10th.Reminder that the next round of the Murphy Maintenance sponsored club matchplay pairs has to be played by Sunday 12th June and the club singles has to be played by Sunday 19th June, otherwise matchplay convenor will be forced to decide by toss of coin or disqualification.Entry sheets for the mixed doubles matchplay are now in the men’s and ladies locker rooms. Draw to be made 1st week in June.Best of luck to the Eamonn O’ Carroll led Ulster Cup team in playing their home leg on Sunday 5th following their first leg defeat of 5 matches to two away to Hollywood GC and also to the club’s Ulster Fourball team playing in Royal Co. Down golf course v. Mourne GC.Congratulations to Seamus Patton and Maureen Haran on winning the Mc Donald’s sponsored club Mixed Foursomes [2015] and also to club member Kevin Hensey on reaching the semi-final of the All Ireland Pairs Matchplay Championship with his playing partner Joe.PICTURE CAPTIONS:Recent winners on presentation night at Letterkenny Golf Club were, l-r; Pluincead O’ Ferraigh, Gerry O’ Sullivan, Ivan Fuery [captain] Bryan Harkin, Kevin Kiely, Peter Dobson and Dermot Rainey.[2] Mr. Tom Mc Donagh, sponsor, [3rd left], pictured with winners of the Consultas Financial Sevice sponsored Open and the Donaghy Van Centre Open held recently at Letterkenny Golf Club. L-r, Ed Margey, Pat Mc Garrigle, Adrian Mc Clafferty, Kenny Harkin, club captain Ivan Fuery, Hugh Gallagher and Mark Ponsonby.CIARAN HARAN WINS TOURNAMENT SPONSORED BY THE KITCHEN LETTERKENNY was last modified: May 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:letterkenny golflast_img read more

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri dodges title talk

first_img REVEALED RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF Latest Football News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Morata is living up to his £60million price tag after an inconsistent first season Chelsea fans mock Romelu Lukaku and Roberto Firmino as Morata finds form Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Sarri believes the players are the reason for the great start rather than himself 3 ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “I was lucky because I have players who are very strong technically so over the last two months they were able to win without any great levels of organisation. I’m not doing very much!”Morata was the standout performer in the game with his double, which is also fifth goal in his last six Chelsea game.And Sarri admitted the striker has a new-found confidence to his game after a difficult first season at Stamford Bridge.Sarri added: “Alvaro improved in the last month. Improved for the confidence, improved for personality, also from the technical point of view.“Now he’s able to play more with the team. I think also Alvaro has very great physical and technical potential. He can improve more.” MONEY center_img huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri swerved any talk of his team challenging for the Premier League title this season despite continuing their unbeaten start with a win over Crystal Palace.The Blues won 3-1 thanks to a brace from Alvaro Morata and Pedro’s sweeping finish – a victory which sees Chelsea rise to second in the table. no dice 3 It was also a record-equalling afternoon for Sarri, who recorded the longest unbeaten run for a new Premier League manager (11 games), a feat that was last achieved by former Nottingham Forest boss Frank Clark in 1994.The Italian has maintained since the start of the 2018/19 campaign that his side are a step behind main title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool.However, they are now above the Reds and lie just two points behind the Citizens.But when questioned on his team’s title credentials by talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams after the game, Sarri gave a very cagey response. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Sarri said: “No! I thought that the first two months could be very difficult for me. I’m very lucky to work here the same as I did in Naples.“I think in this period of the season, it’s very important for us to stay close to the top.“We knew very well at the beginning that there was a gap – the gap between us and the top last season was 30 points and it’s very difficult to cover this gap in only six months. We’re trying to do it but we know it will be very difficult.“I think this record [longest unbeaten record for a new PL manager] is not because of the coaching, it’s because of the team. Chelsea are on track to surpass Maurizio Sarri’s expectations for the season last_img read more

Meet Wasswa Bbosa’s trusted right hand Man-Eric Ndifuna

first_img Tags: Bukavu DawaDenis OnyangoEric NdifunaJohn RevitaNsambya UTODAPatrick OchanRobert SsentongoSharing YouthTooro unitedVincent Kayiziwasswa bbosa Eric Ndifuna giving instruction before a league game. (PHOTOS/Tooro United)When Tooro United FC head coach Wasswa Bbosa was given a two-match suspension for his sending off in the loss to Vipers SC earlier this season, many did not know who would deputize him.With the media in the dark on who Bbosa’s assistant was, up stepped a certain Eric Ndifuna.Ndifuna was in charge of the next two games, all ending in narrow defeats.As fate would have it, Bbosa lost a relative before his come-back game away to URA FC, meaning that Ndifuna would once again lead the side.At the end of the final whistle, he had won his first-ever game in the Uganda Premier League as Tooro United defeated the Tax Collectors 2-1 at the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.After that game, Ndifuna is now recognized in the football circles unlike before.But who is he and how did he become the assistant coach at Tooro United?PML Daily sat down with Eric Ndifuna.Who is Coach Eric NdifunaEric Ndifuna is a football coach who is the current assistant to Wasswa Bbosa at Tooro United.Footballing rootsDespite playing since I could walk, my serious career started with Sharing Youth Center-Nsambya.It is a team that holds a special place in my heart because I owe a lot to them for giving me a chance to kick-start my football career. It was not an easy time at Sharing as we lucked finances but somehow managed to keep on our feet.At Sharing, I played alongside Denis Onyango who was then my junior. He was a striker but turned him into a keeper after playing him in between the sticks in a particular game that saw our custodian injured. I never knew that he would reach such heights but I am privileged to have seen him start his journey.Other teams played forI was not so lucky in my playing days as I never played in the top tier, moving from one Super-Mini (Big League) club to another.After leaving Sharing, I had brief stints at Baza Holdings under Coach Kefa Kisal. Then I moved to Iganga Town Council, Nsambya United and finally Kayunga United.Return to SharingAfter finishing my playing career, Sharing asked me to return as a coach. In my first season-2009 in which I was acting as the trainer, we were promoted to the Super League (UPL).Despite my being a trainer, I was very happy about the achievement although it did not last long because we were relegated after only one season.In that one year in the top flight, I learned a lot of things and found out that there are players meant to play in the top flight and those in other Leagues. Our insistence not to acquire new players and rather stick to the old ones led to our relegation.The first head coaching roleAfter Sharing was relegated, I was appointed as head coach. I coached the team for two seasons and came close to securing promotion to the top tier in the second year, only to throw away a six-point advantage with just three games to play, letting Water FC take over in first place.At the end of the second season, I decided to step down.Ndifuna (Left)shakes URA FC head coach Sam Simbwa’s (Right) hand after Tooro United beat the Tax Collectors 2-1 in the Uganda Premier League.Coaching career takes further shapeMy next stop was Nsambya UTODA after the merger of UTODA and Nsambya United. I was there for one season and after falling out with the top administration, decided to leave.I then moved to Baza where I brought 7 players including Victor Emanayo and David Bagoole from UTODA. After the first round, I fell out with the owner, decided to go and was replaced by Video Anyau who also did not last long before he was fired.I then joined City Lads in the regional league where I coached for four seasons. At City Lads, I led them to two Regional League finals but lost both of them.I also had a brief stint at Simba FC after they were relegated from the Uganda Premier League in 2016 but did not last long.Coaching Congolese side-Bukavu DawaAfter leaving City lads in 2017, I was approached by Congolese side Bukavu Dawa who gave me a short term deal to help them assemble a team.They had come to camp in Uganda for a while and told me about their strategies and plans. They wanted to create a team that is at the level of TP Mazembe and asked me to help them get players from Uganda with good quality.They introduced me to 11 players including John Revita, Joseph Kayongo and Mutanga who had been retained from the previous set up.I added others from Uganda including; Patrick Ochan, Robert Ssentongo and Vincent Kayizi and after six months, I had assembled a team like they had asked me to.I handed over to Matia Lule who had been assigned the head coach’s role. I then joined Tooro United where I have been the assistant coach since last season.John RevitaI first saw Revita when he was part of the 11 players retained at Bukavu. He is a very good player who can play as both a defensive and attacking midfielder. He is very capable of playing as a number 10, something many coaches do not know.Way forwardI am currently still at Tooro United but see myself as a head coach somewhere in the near future.Comments last_img read more

Toms ready for O’Meara clash

first_imgNorthholt’s unbeaten light-middleweight Ryan Toms is in confident mood ahead of his showdown with fellow west Londoner Steve O’Meara.Toms (pictured above) will put his southern-area title and unblemished professional record on the line against O’Meara at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on 30 September.“I’m feeling really sharp and to be honest I wish the fight was tonight,” Toms, 29, told West London Sport.“My training’s going really well, my weight’s exactly where it should be and the sparring has been great.“He [O’Meara] is a good technician and quite slick. I’ll be looking to hit him with some good shots and break him down.”The match-up not only throws together two local fighters, but also men whose hopes of being footballers were ruined by broken legs.Toms, a Chelsea fan, was on the books at QPR and Charlton as a youngster before suffering his fracture, while O’Meara was with Brentford prior to his.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and now lives in West Drayton, initially started boxing as part of his fitness regime while recovering from the injury.He has won 13 of his 15 professional bouts, while Toms improved his record to 9-0 with a commanding fourth-round stoppage of Pat McAleese at Wembley Arena last month.It was Toms’ most impressive performance so far and means a win against O’Meara, 27, could pave the way for a shot at the British title currently held by Manchester’s Prince Arron.Toms said: “There’s talk about this fight basically being an eliminator for the British title so it’s a good opportunity.“I’m improving all the time and showed that in the fight against McAleese. This is another test for me and I’m feeling really confident.”last_img read more

Can Matt Chapman be the A’s new Mr. October?

first_imgAnd what about the cursing?Heading into their wild … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.NEW YORK — There’s a famously profane line near the end of “Moneyball,” the book about the A’s ingenuity, in which Billy Beane lets loose with his postseason frustration.“My (stuff) doesn’t work in the playoffs. My job is to get us to the playoffs. Whatever happens after that is (flipping) luck,” the A’s top executive says.Can this group end the curse?last_img read more

Augmented Reality: A Human Interface for Ambient Intelligence

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Augmented reality (or AR) is fast becoming as ubiquitous a term as “Web 2.0.” The field is getting noisier by the day, and AR as a field of research now has to co-exist with its status as an industry buzzword. Knowing the difference between the two is important. To do that, we have to examine the field and then revisit the buzzword you may have heard 10 years ago.What Is Augmented Reality?Augmented reality is a human interface for information that uses spherical coordinate systems to display information relative to the position of the viewer. Its most common application today is the overlay of information on the viewfinder of digital cameras. This is already a feature in many mid-point to high-end digital cameras that overlay the position of faces on the screen.There are currently two distinct methods of augmented reality: marker-based and gravimetric.Gravimetric Augmented RealityGravimetric AR uses data from a gravimeter to calculate the precise positioning and angle of a display device to determine the center, orientation, and range of a spherical coordinate system.The first platform that was capable of delivering gravimetric AR applications on mobile phones was the Open Handset Alliance’s Android operating system running on the HTC Dream (better known as the TMobile G1).One of those applications is Mobilizy’s Wikitude, which overlay’s Wikipedia data over the mobile phone’s camera view. Point the phone’s camera lens at the Golden Gate Bridge, for example, and see information overlaid on it. Move the phone around to find things on the bridge that you may not have noticed before.Marker-Based Augmented RealityMarker-based AR uses a camera and a visual marker known as a fiducial to determine the center, orientation, and range of its spherical coordinate system.Hosted by the University of Washington, ARToolkit is the first fully-featured toolkit for marker-based AR. It is freely available under the GPL open-source license for personal use. ARToolworks Inc. is the commercial licensor of the platform.The most popular marker-based AR applications use the FLARToolKit, a descendant of ARToolkit, which uses Flash to overlay information on video from a computer’s webcam when a fiducial marker is visible.Among the most recent implementations of this method is GE’s Smart Grid information website, where readers can print out a fiducial marker and hold it within range of their webcam. The screen then displays an interactive 3-D model.The iPhone’s WorldAt the iPhone’s launch in 2007, John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner Perkins, joined Steve Jobs on stage. Speaking of this technology’s potential, he said, “Think about it: in your pocket you have something that is broadband and connected all the time. It’s personal; it knows who you are and where you are. That’s a big deal, a really big deal. It’s bigger than the personal computer.”Over the past two years, we have seen the iPhone seed an entirely new field of mobile-connected experiences, with many mobile applications and competing platforms.Because AR uses a spherical coordinate system to display data, it needs to know not just the orientation of the device but the direction in which the camera is pointing. To do this, it needs an accelerometer capable of gravimetry — or, simply put, it needs a compass.The iPhone 3GS is the only iPhone that can run gravimetric AR applications. ARKit, an open-source toolkit for creating AR applications on the iPhone 3GS, was just created and released at iPhoneDevCamp last weekend. Apple alerted its developers last week that AR applications will not be available in its App Store until September. The Palm Pre does not have a compass, and the BlackBerry Storm has no AR apps. So, for now, Android phones are the only mobile gravimetric AR devices in the wild.Augmented Reality and Ambient IntelligenceAmbient intelligence is a human interface metaphor. It implies that the connected devices around us are all connected to some form of intelligence. We see this when we drive through an automated toll system like FasTrak on the Golden Gate Bridge. Using the RFID tag issued by the bridge authority, the bridge knows who we are and what to do. We don’t have to actively submit intelligence of our own: the ambient intelligence takes care of the job.Globally positioned data is so voluminous that not all of it can be displayed. That fact combined with the bandwidth limitations of mobile carriers creates quite a challenge for the industry: deliver the data that is relevant to the user and location, and before the user gets there.The holy grail of the mobile AR industry is to find a way to deliver the right information to a user before the user needs it, and without the user having to search for it. This holy grail is likely in a ditch somewhere beside a well-traveled road in the district of the semantic Web, ambient intelligence and the Internet of things. Be wary of any hyped-up invitation to invest in a company that claims to have gotten the opportunity right. What we’ve seen in the commercial industry to date is a rather complex version of a keyboard, mouse, and monitor.Guest author: Sid Gabriel Hubbard is a blogger, Internet entrepreneur and three-time CTO. He leads the Android Maker’s group in San Francisco and the Bay Area Augmented Reality Meetup Group and is a contributing member of the iPhone ARKit open-source project. Tags:#Trends#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting guest author 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Smart Meter: Friend or Foe?

first_imgLove them or hate them, smart meters are becoming increasingly common around the globe.Advocates believe that the meters generate better data for both energy consumers and service providers. These meters can provide homeowners with feedback on their energy consumption, which helps them change their habits in order to reduce monthly utility bills. Critics, however, have voiced concern over health and safety issues, asserting that smart meters present fire hazards, emit dangerous levels of radiation, and violate privacy.The smart meter system is comprised of wireless, two-way monitors that capture and store data about energy usage. Although primarily used for electricity usage data, smart meters are also being used by other utilities supplying gas and water. The meters used for utilities other than electric provide the same benefits to consumers, allowing them to monitor their usage and reduce their monthly bills. Once the meter is placed on a home and activated, many smart meters provide virtual access by consumers to usage data. Worries about hacking and privacyGiven the number of high-profile hacking cases across the globe, many worried citizens have expressed concern over the security of these smart meter systems. This isn’t just a matter of concern for North Americans, either; given the growing popularity of smart meters in Asian countries like China and the Philippines, the pressure is on companies to make sure that smart meters and the information they gather are secure.Given the vulnerable nature of wireless systems, and the increasingly savvy hackers from all corners of the globe, many are concerned that hackers could easily steal smart meter data.Smart meters give incredibly specific information that goes beyond merely noting when electricity is and isn’t used. Hackers can use smart meter data to pinpoint which device is using energy in which room. They can even turn the power off to the home or business, rendering it, and any alarms in it, vulnerable to attack. This issue is of particular concern for business owners who are putting their money, property, and inventory at risk in some cases.It’s not just the vulnerability to hacking that concerns users, either — it’s the fact that the information that the energy company stores about consumers’ usage can be used against them in criminal investigations. For example, a law passed in California in 2011 required annual transparency reports from utility companies. In 2013 alone, San Diego Gas & Electric gave the energy usage information of over four thousand of its customers to law enforcement agencies without the customers’ knowledge, raising major ethical and legal questions.Many states and many countries don’t have laws requiring privacy, meaning that any official who wishes to access the highly detailed information stored by your smart meter can get it. The utility providers that adopt time-of-use billing provide further incentives to reduce energy usage: if energy usage is at its peak in the evening, rates will go up at that time to compensate for the extra pressure on the electrical system. Utility companies hope that this it will cause users to make changes so they use more energy during non-peak hours, which would result in a lower rate for the user and less stress on the system.Smart meters have proven to be especially popular in energy deregulated states in America where users are free to choose their own electricity provider – here, a smart meter can let them save even more money. Companies like IGS Energy in Ohio and BrightSource Energy in California not only use more renewable sources of energy and allow customers to choose how the electricity they buy is generated, but offer their customers a way to double up on their eco-friendliness by adjusting their energy usage according to the smart meter data. Giving consumers more controlData tracking for utilities begins at a per hour view and goes up to monthly overall usage. Customers now have access to data that tells them what their peak hours are for energy consumption, which means that they can be conscientious about reducing their energy usage during those hours. It runs on a supply and demand model, which allows the customers to adjust their usage depending on how much they are willing to spend. Manufacturers will have to address these concernsThese are somewhat extreme examples, and smart meters can genuinely do good, particularly in monitoring and reducing energy use. The reality of the matter is that they aren’t fail-safe and until they’re proven to be, the concerns will remain.We live in a time where privacy of information is increasingly rare. While we expect the insignificant details of daily life, such as when we watch a DVD or when our last employee turns off the lights, to remain our knowledge alone, that is not necessarily the case.Government efforts, such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC), may help ease consumers’ minds about privacy concerns. The VCC requires utility companies to enact departments of trained employees who will monitor meter security. Employees will be trained to prevent and counteract cyberattacks and leaked information.Governing smart meter privacy is one large step toward safer usage, although ultimately the manufacturers need to make it their imperative to adequately address privacy issues; making smart meters safer (and therefore, viable in the long term) is in their best interest from a business standpoint, and it’s in the consumers’ best interest from an ecological standpoint.center_img Smart Meters Not a Health Threat, Study FindsThe Smart Meter’s Contentious OpponentsEMFs and Human HealthGet Ready for Smart AppliancesSmart Meter Ado Turns NastyIn Nevada, Calls for a Smart Meter ProbeOntario to Yank Some Smart Meters RELATED ARTICLES Emma Bailey is a writer in the greater Chicago area who covers technology, entertainment, and business. This post originally appeared at Eco-Business, a web site that describes itself as “the leading provider of news and views for Asia Pacific’s clean tech and sustainable business community.”last_img read more

Quality Issues With Brick Buildings

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members The design of brick buildings and the quality of brick construction have declined dramatically in the last 100 years. While this statement is debatable, I’ll try to defend it with evidence. If my evidence is compelling, it raises questions about why certain technologies advance in sophistication while other technologies decline.Before I return to the topic of brick buildings, I’d like to take a detour to look at an example of technological evolution.I’m going to look at lighting technology — but I’m going to dial the time machine back before LEDs, before compact fluorescents, and before the incandescent lamp. I’m going to look at the evolution of the common household lamp: specifically, Palestinian olive oil lamps that were used between 2,500 B.C. and the 11th century A.D.My father, William Holladay, is now retired. He spent most of his working years as a full-time professor of Old Testament studies, with a specialty in the book of Jeremiah. He also worked (occasionally) as a part-time archaeologist. During the 1960s, when my family lived in Beirut, Lebanon, my father acquired a collection of ancient oil lamps. Most of these lamps were purchased in Jordan in 1964, when my father worked at a dig in Shechem.When arranged chronologically, the lamps tell a story of technological evolution. The earliest lamp in the collection, the one that dates from 2,500 B.C., is a simple bowl. It worked, but it was far from a perfect tool. If you tried to carry this lamp, the wick could easily slip from the bowl, creating a fire hazard, and precious oil could be easily spilled.Potters eventually learned to pinch one side of the bowl to create a recess for the wick, making it less likely that the wick would fall to the… center_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.last_img read more