first_imgDonegal ETB launched a new Traineeship in Automated Software Testing on Monday last in Gaoth Dobhair. This exciting new training opportunity has been developed in partnership with Pramerica and Údarás na Gaeltachta.The course is being delivered in the [email protected] Dobhair innovation and digital hub, one of a network of thirty hubs to be developed in locations throughout Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas by Údarás na Gaeltachta. At the launch of Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) Automated Software Testing Traineeship in [email protected] Gaoth Dobhair on Monday last are left-right: Vinny McGroary (Area Training Manager, Donegal ETB), Colm Richardson (Assistant Training Centre Manager, Donegal ETB), David Roche (Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pramerica), Anna Ní Ghallachair (Chairperson, Údarás na Gaeltachta), Cróna Gallagher (Director of Further Education and Training Services, Donegal ETB), Michael Logue (Director, Systems Development and Gweedore Site Exec Pramerica Systems Ireland) and Micheál Ó Duibhir (Manager, [email protected] Dobhair).In opening the launch event Údarás na Gaeltachta Board Chairperson, Anna Ní Ghallachair, said, ‘Údarás na Gaeltachta are delighted to have had this opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues in Donegal ETB and our client company Pramerica. Innovation is central to our 3-year strategic plan and in supporting the delivery of this training provision we have developed a new innovative collaboration with the industry which we hope will reap significant benefits for course participants and this Gaeltacht community. This type of collaboration is essential for the development of the region and we look forward to working together on similar projects in the future.”In speaking about the development of the course, Pramerica’s Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, David Roche said, ‘This career traineeship has been developed in close collaboration with Pramerica here in Donegal. It will allow learners to progress directly into employment in the software sector. This is a great example of the strategy and success of ICT/FinTech working in collaboration with academia. Because of the Donegal ETB’s flexibility in course development and delivery, we are delighted that courses like this can be provided in all parts of county.”The traineeship covers a range of modules relevant to the industry including HTML5 application development fundamentals, software development fundamentals, database administration, computer programme using C#, software testing fundamentals and computer program using JAVA. Work experience is a core component of the traineeship with thirty percent of the training consisting of practical work experience in the industry.At the launch of Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) Automated Software Testing Traineeship in [email protected] Dobhair on Monday last are left-right Dara Devine (Contracted Training Officer, Donegal ETB), Micheál Ó Duibhir (Manager, [email protected] Dobhair), Paul Herron (Automated Software Training Instructor, Donegal ETB), Cróna Gallagher (Director of Further Education and Training Services, Donegal ETB), Colm Richardson (Assistant Training Centre Manager, Donegal ETB), Anna Ní Ghallachair (Chairperson, Údarás na Gaeltachta), Vinny McGroary (Area Training Manager, Donegal ETB), David Roche (Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pramerica), and Mairead Carlin (Assistant Training Centre Manager, Donegal ETB).In officially launching the traineeship, Cróna Gallagher, Director of Further Education and Training (FET) with Donegal ETB stated, ‘We are delighted to launch this exciting new training development here in Gaoth Dobhair today. Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service, has worked closely with Pramerica to develop this new traineeship in collaboration with Údarás na Gaeltachta. It has been a wonderful example of how our FET Service is working with industry in the county to meet their training needs and subsequently helping to fulfil employment requirements.’ Traineeships are co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Donegal ETB launch new Automated Software Testing Traineeship was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Automated Software TestingDonegal ETBÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

first_imgTHE 200th Letterkenny Parkrun took place on Saturday with another big crowd in attendance.The Parkrun has been running for the last four years now and has proved a huge hit.It is a free weekly 5km event for runners, taking place at 9.30am at the St Conals Hospital campus, taking in the Bernard McGlinchey Town Park. The Bishop of Raphoe, Alan McGuckian, SJ, is a regular participant and he was among the many who took part on Saturday in the latest landmark run.As always, participants were treated to refreshments afterwards in the Vestry Building. In the 200 runs so far, there have been an average of 70 runners per week. The biggest attendance saw 268 take part. Pictures by Danny Nee …  Picture special: Big crowds for 200th staging of Letterkenny Parkrun was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

first_imgSouth African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaking at the Financial Times Future and Legacy Dinner hosted by BrandSouth Africa at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 22 July. (Image: Nosimilo Ramela) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jabulani Sikhakhane Treasury Communications Unit +27 12 315 5944 or +27 72 625 7283 [email protected] • Kershia Singh Treasury Communications Unit +27 12 315 5819 or +27 72 623 4608 [email protected] • Brand South Africa +27 11 483-0122 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • From Football Fridays to Fly the Flag • Top marks for South Africa’s World Cup • Out of Africa, something new • A legacy of harmony and pride • World Cup: 97% of SA ‘more proud’“Our hosting of the World Cup was, and has been, about the creation of new realities and the destruction of old myths and pessimism about South Africa,” Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said at the Financial Times Future and Legacy Dinner hosted by Brand South Africa on 22 July. Read the full speech.We gather this evening less than two weeks after the final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. We also meet four days after Nelson Mandela celebrated his 92nd year on this planet, 67 of which he has selflessly dedicated to bringing about a free South Africa, and since 1994, the creation of a better life for the majority of South Africans.Both the life of Mr Mandela and the hosting of the World Cup share one a common thread: the destruction of old myths and the creation of new realities and possibilities.A careful reading of Mandela’s life story shows him to be a destroyer of myths and a creator of new realities. When Mandela was sent to jail 48 years ago, he arrived on Robben Island a man who posed a serious threat to the political powers of the time. Prison guards treated Madiba and his fellow prisoners as enemies of the state. Over time, Mandela and his colleagues managed to destroy this myth and helped some of the prison guards to see a new reality, a reality that their prisoners were just as human as themselves and that they were fighting for a just cause.Because he is not bound to old myths and he is not blind to new realities, Madiba saw – much earlier than most activists – an opportunity to bring an end to apartheid through talks, which he initiated from the confines of his prison cell in 1985 when he wrote to the then Justice Minister Kobie Coetsee.Mandela would later explain, “I chose to tell no one what I was about to do. There are times when a leader must move ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people in the right direction.”And since his release from prison 20 years ago, Madiba has vanquished many more myths and created many more new realities and possibilities, including that of the World Cup.In essence, our hosting of the World Cup was, and has been, about the creation of new realities and the destruction of old myths and pessimism about South Africa, and indeed, the rest of Africa.The euphoria we experienced in the past month isn’t going to last forever, but the momentum that it created, I believe, will last for many years to come. There existed a big gap between the old myth of a backward continent where lions roamed freely, and the reality of a country that is as capable as Germany in hosting a World Cup tournament.One economist was quoted recently as saying that the benefits to South Africa, and the rest of Africa of the World Cup, weren’t so much about the new infrastructure, the tourist and credit-card spending, but more about changing perceptions about South Africa and, indeed, the rest Africa.One would certainly hope that our success in hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup has helped our sceptics catch-up with reality – the reality that we, as a nation, can rise to any challenge, if we so decide.The narrative about South Africa in the international media during the tournament suggests that we did close that gap. Reporting on South Africa has been the most positive since our successful transition to democracy in 1994. Importantly, for once, South Africans were more optimistic than anyone else in the world, more confident about their abilities than anyone else in the world, and more united about the experience they were creating for both the world and themselves.Just to recap – it took six years of meticulous planning, commitment, and the use of appropriate delivery models to build the required infrastructure: from stadiums, rail, buses and rapid-transport systems, the upgrading of existing airports, the construction of a new airport, the Gautrain, to the improvements to our roads, freeways, and broadcast and telecommunication systems.We must acknowledge the role of the tens of thousands of people who participated, directly and indirectly, in this construction and enabled, at very different levels from high-level technologically skilled people to lower skilled workers, who worked together to create this “miracle” we’ve just experienced.National government put in some R33-billion (US$4.5-billion) into preparations for the World Cup, investment that we saw as part of the long-term development plan for the country, rather than funding a once-off event. We must also remind ourselves that what government was able to put into this project came from the taxpayers of this country, both in the business sector and as individuals, and it is to them also that the credit must go. Hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup acted as a catalyst for expanding our infrastructure base, skills development, employment creation and economic growth.More than 3-million soccer fans, both local and foreign, attended the 64 games and enjoyed the experience in our stadiums. There were over 3 000 hours of broadcast feed that included images of our extraordinary country in all its diversity. This was transmitted through fibre-optic cables and satellites to television sets in 217 countries and territories and with live content, for the first time, using 3D technology. The hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup has opened the eyes of the world to who we are as South Africa and what we are capable of.We had forecast that the 2010 Fifa World Cup would add 0.5 percentage points to annual growth this year. When we take account of the spending on stadiums and infrastructure since 2006, we find that the level of GDP is about one percent higher than it would have otherwise been.The hosting of the World Cup had other benefits which are not easily quantifiable and that will be realised over time. These include a boost to our national pride that comes with the realisation that “We can do it”.The tournament undoubtedly boosted our country’s standing internationally, showcasing its capabilities in delivering world-class infrastructure on time and without imposing a financial burden on the national fiscus.Now that the event is over, having been delivered with distinction, it is time look at the lessons learnt and our future infrastructure investments.There are three key lessons we have learnt from the delivery of 2010 Fifa World Cup projects.Firstly, complex challenges should be disaggregated into a number of clearly defined undertakings with budgets and cash flow. The complex 2010 Fifa World Cup project was disaggregated into a mere 24 projects. This enabled all institutions involved to focus on what was required to deliver on time and ultimately ensure a successful event.Secondly, using clearly defined projects, we need to develop a “roles and responsibility matrix” that indicates which organisation does what work, and by when. The roles and responsibility matrix apportioned accountability and responsibility in delivering the 2010 Fifa World Cup projects. This was a highly effective instrument for delivering the infrastructure on schedule.Thirdly, the 2010 Fifa World Cup had an immovable deadline that all parties had to work towards and therefore an overall program with individual project schedules, targets and deadlines was prepared. This kept the overall project tight with little room to manoeuvre and miss deadlines.These lessons will be taken forward in our public sector infrastructure program, where R846-billion ($115-billion) has been committed over the next three years.We have budgeted that R261-billion ($35-billion) will be spent this financial year, increasing to R300-billion ($40.7-billion) in financial year 2013.More than 45% of these funds are committed to the electricity, freight rail and ports sectors. Investing significant resources in these sectors will ensure security of supply of electricity, improved quality of freight and shipping services and therefore growth in our exports, specifically mining and the manufacturing base.The transport sector plays an important role in connecting our economic nodes to markets and households. As the economy grows, the capacity on the primary road network, the rail network and the container terminals at Ngqura, Cape Town and Durban Harbours will be increased. Along with this investment, operational efficiency must improve.There is intensive work taking place presently to formulate a long-term infrastructure investment plan. Similarly, we are working at different funding options for both social and economic infrastructure. Once completed, this plan will ensure that South Africa has a sustained and sustainable infrastructure delivery plan.President John F Kennedy once said, “It is not the wealth of the nation that builds roads, but the roads that build the wealth of a nation”. This applies particularly to rural areas, where improved transport infrastructure often makes a big improvement.Well-developed and maintained infrastructure is essential for a nation’s productivity and, ultimately for economic growth and job creation. The infrastructure development process itself leads to job creation and boosts demand for certain goods.But the indirect benefits of infrastructure improvements on economic activity are probably more important: ensuring that the lights remain on, that there is clean drinking water in the taps, and that people and goods can move around the country efficiently and be shipped abroad quickly and at reasonable cost are crucial to support new investment, raise the productivity of workers and increase exports.All of society benefits when goods and services can be accessed more easily and are more widely distributed throughout the country; something that is not possible if facilitating infrastructure is absent or not functioning properly.It is for this reason that infrastructure development is a key priority, not only in South Africa but in most emerging market countries today. It is for this reason also that the developed world is taking a second look at emerging markets, because there are many more new possibilities in these markets that don’t exist in the developed world itself today, or for the foreseeable future.The significant resources we committed before the World Cup to strengthen our regional and international integration, by improving infrastructure at our air and land ports of entry and increasing the flow of visitors through our borders will stand the country in good stead for attracting investors and tourists.But the most important legacy of the World Cup is the renewed confidence in us as a nation that the hosting of the tournament has brought about. The conversation in South Africa today is how to build on this to tackle our most pressing social challenges: public education, health, and unemployment.Confidence is a key ingredient in any successful endeavour. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, wrote that confidence is made up of positive expectations for favourable outcomes.“Confidence influences the willingness to invest – to commit money, time, reputation, emotional energy, or other resources – or to withhold or hedge investment. This investment, or its absence, shapes the ability to perform. In that sense, confidence lies at the heart of civilization. Everything about an economy, a society, an organisation, or a team depends on it.“Every step we take, every investment we make, is based on whether we feel we can count on ourselves and others to accomplish what has been promised. Confidence determines whether our steps – individually or collectively – are tiny and tentative or big and bold.”We took one big, bold step in 1994; we took another one in 2010. The question for us as South Africans is when will we take the next big one? It is big and bold steps that we, as a country, must take if we are to put an end to poverty and unemployment.President Zuma said earlier today, when briefing the media on the outcomes of the Cabinet Lekgotla, that government will soon meet business and labour to discuss how best to improve the quality of life of our people. Those meetings should lay the basis for an agenda that all South Africans should rally around, as they did for the World Cup – an agenda of how best to position South Africa to benefit from the new reality and new possibilities – the new reality of a world with multiple poles of growth.Developing countries such as South Africa have abundant, profitable investment opportunities for industrial development and projects that can improve the efficiency of their infrastructure. South Africa and the rest of Africa can be another source of global growth.Through the delivery of the infrastructure and successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we have created a new reality and opened up new possibilities for South African and the African continent, as a destination for long-term investment.The challenge for us, as it was for the soccer teams in the final match, is how to operate well as a team. The group of players that operated as the better team came out as victors at the end, and I am sure we will be able to do the same as we take on our next set of challenges as South Africans.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Building upon historic changes undertaken earlier this year to improve Lake Erie water quality, Ohio has reached an agreement with Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario to achieve a 40% reduction in the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie’s western basin by 2025.“This is significant because it shows that it is not just Ohio fighting this. We have partners in this trying to reach that achievable goal that was set out in the Governor’s Water Quality Working Group in first year of his term,” said David Daniels, Ohio Agriculture Director at today’s Ohio Soybean Association Barn Talk Series meeting at Reinhard Farms in Bucyrus on the topic of water quality . “We feel good they are going to be working with us to achieve that goal.”Lt. Governor Mary Taylor represented Ohio and signed the agreement last Saturday at a meeting of the Council of Great Lakes Governors in Quebec City. As part of the agreement, each state will develop a plan on how they will achieve their phosphorus reduction goal, with the interim target of a 20% reduction by 2020.“Lake Erie is one of our state’s crown jewels for its recreation, wildlife and economic benefits and as a key source of water for millions of Ohioans,” Taylor said. “While we have made tremendous progress in protecting Lake Erie over the past four years, there is more work to do and by working in unison with our Great Lakes neighbors we can make even more progress to improve the water quality in our Great Lakes.”Earlier this spring, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 1 legislation to aggressively tackle water quality issues to protect the Lake Erie watershed, by:• Eliminating open lake disposal of dredge materials by 2020: Reducing the sediment dumped in Lake Erie will help reduce chemical and nutrient loading, which likely contributes to harmful algal blooms and will improve water quality and protect fish and wildlife habitats. Ohio will require that all dredge material be diverted from open-lake disposal by 2020, unless it’s for a beneficial use such as beach nourishment.• Banning manure or fertilizer application on frozen/snow covered ground in Western Basin: Ohio will prohibit manure or fertilizer from being applied to frozen, snow-covered or rain soaked ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin unless proper farming practices such as injection, tillage or cover crops are also used.• Limiting phosphorus discharges: Ohio EPA will evaluate and modify new and existing wastewater discharge permits for major public wastewater treatment plants to expand monitoring and continue to limit phosphorus discharges in state waters.• Adding requirements for spreading manure: The Ohio Department of Agriculture will now require anyone applying livestock manure from a Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility to obtain a Certified Livestock Manager certificate or an agricultural fertilizer applicator certificate.These reforms build upon significant progress made over the past four years in protecting the Lake, including:• Ohio has invested more than $1 billion since July 2011 in the Lake Erie watershed to improve drinking water and wastewater facilities, monitor water quality, plant cover crops, recycle dredge material, install controlled drainage systems on fields and fix faulty septic systems.• Restricting water amounts that can be diverted out of the Lake Erie watershed;• Beginning to phase out open-lake dumping of Maumee River dredge material and continuing to prohibit open-lake dumping of Cuyahoga River dredge material;• Banning oil and gas exploration in Lake Erie; and• Helping combat invasive species via mutual aid agreements with nine other Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces.In terms of Ohio agriculture, Director Daniels said that the ODA is hard at work implementing SB 1.“We don’t have a timeline on the SB1 rules, we just want to get them implemented as quickly as we can and we are listening to agriculture on this. Fixing this problem is going to be kind of like a Rubik’s cube. We’re going to have to turn it a little bit this way and then adjust it back a little more that way to get it figured out. We’re going to adjust our practices in agriculture, municipal sewer systems will change things, septic systems will have to change. We’ll have to address this problem in many areas,” Daniels said. “But, at the end of the day, I’m convinced that we are going to take care of this. The last thing any farmer wants to see is their nutrients going down the stream and agriculture is doing its part.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the last few weeks temperatures dropped significantly below freezing for many areas within the Seed Consultants’ sales footprint. Temps reached as low as the low 20s Fahrenheit in Kentucky and even down into the teens for more northern growing areas, causing concerns about damage to winter wheat. Extreme cold temp are especially a concern for wheat that has reached the jointing stage of growth (Feekes stage 6). In a recent article published by the University of Kentucky, Carrie Knott wrote: “For winter wheat that has reached the jointing (Feekes 6) growth stage, damage can occur to the developing wheat head, which is above the soil surface at jointing, when temperatures are 24 degrees F or below for at least two hours. For wheat that has not reached jointing, temperatures of 12 degrees F or below for two or more hours can cause damage. For wheat that is at the jointing growth stage in areas that temperatures dipped to or below 24 degrees F for at least two hours damage is likely.” Below are the University of Kentucky recommendations for assessing winter wheat damage according to Knott’s article:1. Wait until high temperatures are at least 40 degrees F for five to seven days. 2. Scout fields and look for yellow, chlorotic growing points and limp leaves. There will likely be yellow leaf tips, but as long as the growing point is not affected, there will likely be minimal to no damage. 3. Heaving is another concern this year for wheat stands and yield potential. The extreme temperature changes we are having this winter could push wheat plants out of the soil. This can result in reduced stands and ultimately affect yield if heaving occurs on a large percentage of the field.If you suspect or know your wheat was at jointing prior this weekend it will be important to assess for freeze damage even for areas that may not have been at or below 24 degrees F for two or more hours. In general, as long are there are 20 healthy plants per square foot 90-95% of your yield potential is achievable; 35 healthy plants per square foot will provide 100% yield potential. When stands are reduced to about 16, 13, or as low as 6 plants per square foot, yield potential will be reduced to only 75, 60, or 40%, respectively.As weather warms up, it will be important for wheat producers to assess damage to their crop in order to make management decisions this spring. To read the full UK article that includes pictures of damage and a temperature chart CLICK HERE. To read an article with pictures of a healthy wheat head at Feekes 6 CLICK HERE.last_img read more

first_imgA new Y Combinator funded startup called GraffitiGeo has just launched with a fresh spin on user-generated reviews. The mobile application is somewhat like a mashup of review site Yelp, mobile social network Foursquare, and social news site Digg. The Digg-like element of the application is the easiest piece to use: like that restaurant? Vote it up. You can also leave more detailed comments to go along with your vote, if you so choose. To encourage people to participate in the “game” aspect to the app, GraffitiGeo also introduces a point system whose concept is borrowed from mobile app Foursquare…but is a bit more confusing. What’s more interesting than the mobile application launching now is the second GraffitiGeo app which is right around the corner. The next app will be an augmented reality application for the iPhone which takes the above elements and layers them over your iPhone’s viewfinder.Yelp + Digg + Foursquare = GraffitiGeo GraffitiGeo’s first mobile application will initially suffer from all the usual problems of sites and services that rely on user-generated reviews. Until enough people start using the service, there won’t be much value to it. While the concept behind the mobile review app is solid, its focus primarily on restaurants at the moment means it’s not likely to attract a large user base right off the bat. There are already a large number of mobile restaurant applications out there, not to mention there’s Yelp, which does restaurant reviews and a lot more. The GraffitiGeo team acknowledges they have competition in this area, but are quick to point out the others’ shortcomings. For example, Yelp reviews are too long – especially in “the day and age of Twitter,” they write on their blog. They also incorporate the Digg-like voting element for fast rankings (which Yelp does not), offer Facebook Connect integration for easy sign in, introduce nifty heatmaps to highlight the hotspots, and let you leave a comment with only 2 taps (Yelp takes 5-6). In short, they feel they’ve designed an application specifically for the mobile platform where Yelp just ported their successful website to mobile instead. The Digg-like voting aspect is probably the app’s killer feature. Instead of star ratings or lengthy reviews, you can simply vote “thumbs up” in order to rate a restaurant positively or a “thumbs down” if you’re not so pleased. This ease-of-use makes the barrier to entry that much lower and could encourage more participation from casual users.Another element to GraffitiGeo is the game aspect. This may or may not be a plus, in our opinion. With inspiration obviously borrowed from mobile social network/game Foursquare, GraffitiGeo awards points for any activity, whether that’s a vote, a comment, or anything else. After reaching 100 points (aka “street cred”), you can start or join a “mob.” Not a violent mob, of course, just a “mob.” Mobs can claim territories which, in turn, unlocks more features in the application. There are also badges which can be earned. The entire setup is explained here. It’s a bit complex and frankly, we’re not sure if this is the sort of app that needs a gameplay element. If you’re trying to find out if a restaurant is worth trying out, you’re probably more interested in reading reviews and checking ratings than you are in playing with a bunch of online friends. Even Better: An Augmented Reality VersionThe real trick up GraffitiGeo’s sleeve, however, is the app that’s yet to come. Basically, the next app from GraffitiGeo is an augmented reality version of what’s described above. That sounds much more appealing, to be honest. With the iPhone’s viewfinder, you scan the restaurant in question and GraffitiGeo comments will float across your screen. What’s really cool about the AR app, though, is that you don’t necessarily have to have a restaurant in the viewfinder to see these ratings. Because the app is location-based, it knows what’s nearby. In the demo, they aim the app down the street from where they’re standing and GraffitiGeo displays the ratings for all the restaurants on that block. If you’re ever just wandering around looking for a place to eat, this could be a real timesaver. We imagine you’ll then be able to interact with the app in other ways, too, but that’s hard to tell from the YouTube video demo. GraffitiGeo’s first effort may or may not be worth your time, especially considering its already robust competition, but the AR app definitely looks worth the wait. Tags:#Features#mobile#Product Reviews#web sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgMonday, June 8, 2009CONTACT:Jerelyn Wilson802-257-7300 ext. [email protected], VT (June 8, 2009)—BuildingGreen LLC, the parent company behind GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, today announced a partnership with the NAHB National Green Building Program (NAHBGreen,) , the green building advocacy arm of the nation’s leading home builder association.This work brings together an independent source of residential green building information with one of the leading national residential green building programs. GreenBuildingAdvisor.com’s highly respected resources on green building will be the teaching platform for the advanced building science course, a key component of the curriculum for NAHB’s new Master Green Builder Remodeler designation.“It’s really gratifying to have GreenBuildingAdvisor.com selected as the source for the building science information for the NAHB Master Green Builder Remodeler (MGBR) Designation,” said Peter Yost, Director of Residential Services for BuildingGreen. “This means that all of our rich content—the Green Building Encyclopedia, the detailed Green Home case studies, and more than a thousand construction details—will be at the fingertips of students who wish to learn advanced green building principles as they connect key building concepts with real-world examples.”Two features make GreenBuildingAdvisor an especially appropriate choice for the MGBR program. First, both instructors and students can “build” course content using the “my GBA” project file folder tool, and second, the course material will continuously expand and deepen as new content is added by the GreenBuildingAdvisor team, which includes 15 nationally recognized green building experts.Don Ferrier of Ferrier Homes in Ft. Worth, Texas is a leading member of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee working with NAHB and BuildingGreen on this new program. “I am very impressed with the GBA website,” says Ferrier. “Its depth and breadth is a good fit for the new Master Green Builder Remodeler designation, building substantially on the Certified Green Professional program.”NAHB is planning to offer the new Advanced two-day class in early 2010.For more information, visit http://www.nahbgreen.org/.About BuildingGreenBuildingGreen, LLC, at www.BuildingGreen.com, has provided the building industry with quality information on sustainable design and construction since its founding in 1985. Publications of the Brattleboro, Vermont company include Environmental Building News, the GreenSpec¯ Directory, and the residential design and construction resource GreenBuildingAdvisor.com. For information, visit www.BuildingGreen.com or call 802-257-7300.About the NAHB Green Building ProgramThe NAHB Green Building Program helps move the practice of green building into the mainstream, increasing the incorporation of energy efficiency, water and resource conservation, sustainable or recycled products, and indoor air quality in the everyday process of home building. The program includes the ANSI-approved ICC-700-2008 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines, the National Green Building Conference, and the Certified Green Professional designation. For additional information visit http://www.nahbgreen.org/ or call 877-624-2476.Media Contacts:Peter Yost, [email protected] Riedy, [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgTo continue our exploration of how cooperative extension can support Total Force Fitness, in today’s Friday Field Notes, we will examine the resources cooperative extension provides for medical and dental fitness.What is Medical and Dental Fitness?Military medical fitness involves being free of contagious disease and free from medical conditions or physical defects that would require excessive lost duty time for treatments and/or would likely result in separation from service for medical unfitness. In order to maintain medical and dental fitness, it is key that service members and their families have access to appropriate care, including, health assessments, vision and hearing assessments, dental care, and behavioral health assessments.Cooperative Extension and Medical and Dental FitnessCooperative extension provides a variety of resources and programs with the goal of educating individuals and families on the importance of preventing diseases and understanding chronic illnesses. Contact your local county extension office to learn more about the programs in your area.Chronic Disease. Many cooperative extension programs provide education on chronic diseases. Virginia and Pennsylvania both provide a variety of educational programs on the prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses, including Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Check your state’s cooperative extension website to learn about their programming on chronic disease.Cold and Flu Prevention. During cold and flu season, cooperative extension provides programming and resources for the prevention of colds and the flu. The Avoid the Flu at School and Work post from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides great tips on staying healthy.A healthy diet and physical activity are also key to mainlining one’s physical health. Check out previous blog posts on physical and nutritional fitness to learn more about how Cooperative Extension can support these Total Force Fitness domains.last_img read more

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