Former Donegal TD loses Fianna Fail contest for European election

first_imgFormer Donegal TD Niall Blaney has not selected by Fianna Fáil to contest European elections for Midlands North West. The party have chosen Brendan Smith, TD for Cavan–Monaghan, for the upcoming election to the European Parliament.Mr Blaney ran along with nine candidates at a convention in the Longford Arms Hotel in Longford Town on Friday. The next elections to the European Parliament are expected to be held between 23 and 26 May.Former Donegal TD loses Fianna Fail contest for European election was last modified: March 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:European electionsNiall Blaneylast_img read more

BMW begins new 3 Series production

first_img23 February 2012BMW South Africa has commenced production of the new 3 Series sedan in the country, following the completion of a R2.2-billion upgrade of its plant in Rosslyn outside Pretoria.The company also plans to introduce a third shift by the end of the year, creating 600 new jobs and significantly increasing production capacity to over 90 000 units per year.The increase in the plant’s production capacity will enable the company to more than double BMW 3 Series exports from South Africa.“The BMW 3 Series is the most important volume-produced model by the BMW Group as well as the biggest-selling model in the entire premium segment,” BMW AG board member Frank-Peter Arndt said at an event to commemorate the official start of production in Rosslyn on Monday.“At the same time, every generation of the 3 Series sedan has been built in Rosslyn and, since 1999, this plant has been responsible for production for important export markets such as the USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Australasia to name but a few.”New era of innovation, passion, commitmentHe explained that the decision to invest in the plant during the peak of global economic crisis in 2009 not only safeguarded around 2 500 jobs, but would also lead to significant increases in production, exports and employment in the years to come.“In 1973, Plant Rosslyn became the first BMW production facility to be established outside of Germany,” he said. “So it is fitting that, almost 40 years later, production of this new model signals the beginning of a new era of innovation, passion and commitment for the BMW Group in South Africa.“Even though the global economic outlook remains uncertain, we remain true to our commitment to this production location.”New, advanced robot facilitiesFor the production of the BMW 3 Series, the old, low-rise body shop had to be completely refurbished to make way for a completely new Body-in-White facility.At the same time, numerous new robots were installed taking the total number of robots from 99 with the previous vehicle to 149 with the new car. In addition, latest-generation laser robots and advanced bonding robots are being used.In the paintshop, new robot facilities have also been installed for seam sealing, flange sealing and undersealing. There is also a new foaming machine for firewall sound insulation. This feeds the sound-insulating material into the cavity, where it is foamed.In the assembly shop, meanwhile, standardised modular product and process architectures ensure high productivity and variability.Cleaner, greener manufacturing processWith the new 3 Series, BMW has succeeded in implementing production processes that dramatically reduce non-recyclable waste and the generation of solid waste, wastewater and emissions, as well as cutting noise and vibration to a minimum.In the last five years alone, the Rosslyn plant has reduced resources utilised in production considerably. The production process now uses 25% less energy, 50% less water and has 50% less wastage, all while producing 25% less carbon emissions per car produced.When combined with the energy reductions made at the BMW Group’s South African head-office in Midrand, this amounts to more than R50-million in energy savings since 2006.Using renewable energyHowever, the company believes it can still do more and has investigated the technical and economic feasibility of supplying the Rosslyn plant solely by means of renewable energy, or in combination with the existing power supply.Following the outcomes of this investigation, the BMW Group announced late last year that it will partner with the City of Tshwane on a waste-to-energy project.Methane gas – converted from unusable organic waste at a landfill site in Onderstepoort – will be piped approximately 8km to BMW Plant Rosslyn.Depending on the quantity supplied, the gas will be used to either produce electricity via gas generators or supplement the usage of natural gas in the production process, a resource which contributes approximately 50% to the company’s energy consumption.The project is similar to a landfill gas programme which is responsible for providing the BMW Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA with around half of its energy requirements.Initial indications are that there is enough green waste at the site to cater for approximately 40% of the Rosslyn plant’s gas requirements.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Hacker Poll: How Much Do You Consider Scalability When Building a New Application?

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Legendary computer scientist Donald Knuth wrote that “premature optimization is the root of all evil,” referring to the amount of time and effort programmers spend optimizing non-critical elements of their applications.On the other hand, as pointed out in this blog post by Metamarket CTO Mike Driscoll on the company’s migration to Node.js, it’s better to swap out critical infrastructure early in a startup’s life.So, when you’re building an application – when do you start thinking about scalability? How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidcenter_img Tags:#hack#Polls Why You Love Online Quizzes klint finleylast_img read more

A Passive House Door for Pets

first_imgTypical pet doors are verboten in a Passive House. Most pet door are convenient for a dog or cat, but are way too leaky to keep out the drafts.Treehugger’s Lloyd Alter came across a solution at the 21st International Passivhaus Conference in Vienna and posted this report about the PetWalk, a vault-like, insulated door that won’t mess up a blower-door test and still lets the family pet come and go at will.The PetWalk will open on command via a motion detector or a transponder implanted under the pet’s skin. It also can be activated with a remote control. The door comes with a backup battery so it can still work during a power outage.The Austrian tech company that developed the door says pets catch on quickly. The door seals so tightly, Alter reports, there was no measurable air leakage at a pressure difference of 600 pascals. (A standard blower door test measures leakage at a pressure difference of 50 pascals). It’s available with thermal insulation of up to 0.5 w/m2k (equal to R-11).There are two sizes, priced at $1,754 and $1,974.last_img read more

10 months agoNew absence for Real Madrid attacker Bale

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New absence for Real Madrid attacker Baleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Bale is set to be missing for another two weeks at Real Madrid.The Welsh international suffered a calf problem in the 2-2 draw against Villarreal.First tests have revealed he will be sidelined for around two weeks, although he will undergo further tests. Therefore, Bale will miss the games against Real Sociedad, Leganes (Copa del Rey) and Real Betis, but he could re-appear for the second leg of the Copa del Rey clash with Leganes if all goes well. If he doesn’t make that on time, his objective will be to be fit again for the vital league game against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu on Jan. 19. last_img read more

17 days agoNakhi Wells keen on QPR stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nakhi Wells keen on QPR stayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNahki Wells would welcome a permanent switch to Queens Park Rangers.The Burnley striker has excelled during his second loan spell with West London, having scored seven goals this season.Asked about joining QPR permanently, Wells said: “That’s all stuff that’s beyond any of my decision-making of course.”But I think the club, the fans, the board – everyone knows what my decision would be.”I love it here, it feels like home to me.”Of course football is a business though and there’s a lot more that goes into it than just me saying I’d like to stay here.”But if it was possible I wouldn’t hesitate one bit.” last_img read more

3 days agoMan Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…

first_imgMan Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Darren Fletcher says Andreas Pereira is a natural No10.Pereira impressed in the draw with Liverpool before he was taken off for Brandon Williams in the closing stages.”He’s an out-an-out number ten,” Fletcher said.“It has been difficult for him to fit in the formation sometimes.”The back five with the two holding midfielders allowed them to do that.“He was leaving something on players and he will be annoying and he was a threat.”I think he has been a little frustrated playing in wide areas.“His natural game is to come inside and he was a big reason behind what United did well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Education Minister Commends NCEL

first_img “I must extend my heartiest congratulations to all of you graduates who have endured the rigours of this important programme. You have been well trained and prepared for the task that is ahead of us. You have now empowered yourselves to take on leadership roles,” he said. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is lauding the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) for outstanding work in preparing educators to be effective leaders, through its Aspiring Principals Programme.At a graduation ceremony on June 28, some 96 participants successfully matriculated from the programme. The ceremony was held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in Kingston.Senator Reid also commended the participants for taking this step in their careers.“I must extend my heartiest congratulations to all of you graduates who have endured the rigours of this important programme. You have been well trained and prepared for the task that is ahead of us. You have now empowered yourselves to take on leadership roles,” he said.He charged the participants to go forward with the newly acquired knowledge and skills, and to be transformational leaders.“Wherever you serve and wherever you go, you are the finest principals in Jamaica and the world,” the Minister said.For his part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, also commended the graduates.“With the changing dynamics, new paradigms and demands on the education system, teachers, and especially those that aspire to leadership, are better served when they commit themselves to a process of professional development and lifelong learning,” he said.“Experience has shown also that while many of our teachers are prepared for classroom instruction delivery, and in some cases to take on additional administrative duties, the overall responsibilities of management often prove to be demanding. I am confident that in this professional development programme, you have acquired an appreciation of the task of school leadership and management, along with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” the Permanent Secretary said.For her part, Director/Principal of NCEL, Dr. Taneisha Ingleton, said the programme intersects practice and theories with the practical elements. These include personalised action plans, peer learning groups, reflective logs, teaching and creation of educational blogs. Participants also received training in public speaking, academic writing etiquette and decorum.“This exposure helps participants to challenge assumptions, build their understanding and ability to discover for themselves, make connections and create solutions.They, therefore, have these skills to build the same in their colleagues and students,” Dr. Ingleton explained.Established under the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), the NCEL seeks to develop excellence in leadership as a common denominator in schools and support institutions.The nine-month modular Aspiring Principals Programme aims to identify and prepare future school leaders. It is delivered through the UWI at both its Mona andWestern Jamaica campuses on a part time basis by way of face-to-face instruction, distance learning, coaching and mentorship.The programme provides a standard credential, the Professional Qualification for Principalship (PQP) to which the Ministry of Education and school Boards will refer before authorising the hiring of principals of public schools.The programme is designed to enhance key leadership competencies, such as financial acuity, community leadership, organisational leadership, transformational leadership, instructional leadership, strategic thinking, leading change, communication, collegial engagement, teamwork and fellowship, ethics and integrity, self awareness and technological skills. At a graduation ceremony on June 28, some 96 participants successfully matriculated from the programme. The ceremony was held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in Kingston. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is lauding the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) for outstanding work in preparing educators to be effective leaders, through its Aspiring Principals Programme. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Ronaldo is advising Neymar in Russia

first_imgNeymar is under heavy pressure to impress his nation by bringing the 2018 World Cup trophy home and, in order to help him cope with this burden, he has been receiving advice from Ronaldo Nazario.Ronaldo who understands what it’s like to be in Neymar’s position, because he went through similar experiences in 1998 and in 2002, experiencing tremendous heartbreak in France and then incredible joy in South Korea and Japan. Neymar and Ronaldo have been friends for several years and are regularly talking to each other during this World Cup.Ronaldo’s visits to the Brazil camp have become regular, with the legendary striker greeting the whole squad and then spending some private time with Neymar.As well as this, Ronaldo has been publically backing the PSG star during his appearances as a pundit for O’Globo.“We cannot forget that Neymar is just back from a very significant foot injury and that he is regaining his confidence right now,” he said at the end of the Costa Rica win via Marca.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“I am sure that his goal will help to boost his morale and that things will go better for him now.“He is trying everything, as he dribbles, runs, fights and looks for solutions.“His goal will give him a lot of strength to be the leader of the Selecao.”Also, Neymar’s father is also offering support to the player and has regularly been visiting the hotel.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia out for redemption – Al Muwallad

first_imgSaudi Arabia winger Fahad Al Muwallad insists that the squad are looking at their final Group A game against Egypt as an opportunity for redemptionThe Falcons have yet to score at the World Cup and are at risk of becoming one of the 11 teams that failed to find the back of the net even once at the tournament with Honduras and Algeria the last teams to do so in 2010.Saudi Arabia’s elimination from the World Cup was confirmed in their 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, after losing 5-0 to hosts Russia in their opening game.But, in what will be their first tournament meeting against Egypt since the 1999 Confederations Cup, Al Muwallad has promised the fans that Saudi Arabia will be giving it their all to win their final match.“Regarding the administrative aspect, everyone has done their best,” said the Al Ittihad forward, according to The National.Paulo Dybala reveals a falling out with Jorge Sampaoli Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – July 12, 2019 After having a relatively good Copa America performance with Argentina, Paulo Dybala came out to reveal a fall out with Jorge Sampaoli.We’ve discussed how…“The team managers gave us a great deal of support and Saudi Arabia supporters as well, but perhaps we wasted a few opportunities.“But we have a chance to make up for what happened. We have a bright future ahead of us as players. Tomorrow we want to win the three points and make the Saudi fans happy. We hope that we are able to do so.“Our match against Egypt will be very difficult. Every team dreams of winning a World Cup game. We want those three points, regardless of the opponent. We fully respect the Egypt side and I think they recognise that the Saudi team is a team to be reckoned with. We will enjoy our match tomorrow.”The two nations will meet at the Volgograd Arena today at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more