Calls for Govt to step up plans for climate change investment

first_imgFive schools in Donegal are set to partake in an energy-saving pilot scheme rolled out by the Department of Climate Action. However, despite the introduction to 17 schools around the country, Independent TD Thomas Pringle says that more investment is needed so that schools and public buildings can generate renewable energy, not just reduce it.Speaking on Friday, Pringle said: “I’m delighted to see that five schools in Donegal will receive funding under this pilot project in an effort to reduce energy consumption. “But I believe if the minister was serious about addressing climate change more funding should be provided to ensure schools can generate renewable energy to sell on the grid and provide much-needed funding.“Schools are important institutions in our communities and have already fostered future leaders as the younger generation begin to take on campaigns calling for greater climate action.“Students from schools across Ireland and across the globe have been partaking in climate strikes demanding that Governments act now on climate change.”Pringle’s calls were echoed by councillor Sinead Maguire who said Fine Gael needs to speed up its response to climate change if the planet is to be protected for today’s school children. “The government now needs to step up its own activity to stop climate change play Ireland’s role in safeguarding the planet,” Maguire said.“We need to cut our polluting emissions in half by 2030 and to near zero by 2050, which means Irish emissions have to fall 6-7% year-on-year, every year, from now to 2050.“Young people clearly understand the urgency of the need to take action now.  The government needs to match their passion for change.”Calls for Govt to step up plans for climate change investment was last modified: March 30th, 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:climate changelast_img read more

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What’s the Hardest Thing You Ever Had To Do? Startup Founders Share Their Darkest Moments

first_imgTags:#start#startups How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … Related Posts scott gerber How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio…center_img AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them The ends justify the means, according to Machiavelli in The Prince back in the early 16th Century. The concept is hardly to news to countless startup founders who find themselves facing intense pressuresto survive and grow their companies in extraordinarily challenging conditions. Hopefully, the struggles and compromises are worth it in the end.We asked a panel of eight successful young entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to reveal the hardest, most wrenching thing they’ve had to do to build their businesses. When battling the economy, the competition and the many voices that say it’s impossible, some startup founders see these sometimes questionable actions as necessary parts of a larger strategy: 1. Unhooking From My Non-Entrepreneurial FriendsOne of the hardest things to do for me was to unhook from my group of non-entrepreneurial friends. It wasn’t necessarily a conscious choice at first; it just happened because we had different goals and found ourselves busy at different times. I noticed that as soon as I started surrounding myself with more entrepreneurs, things really took off in my business. That’s when I became conscious of the importance of the people you hang out with, and how much it impacts your business. Now I’m not saying I don’t talk to my non-entrepreneur friends, but I’m just more conscious about how I spend my time. – Nathalie Lussier, Nathalie Lussier Media 2. Turning Down a Dream Book DealIt’s always been my dream to be a published author, and I was elated when a major publisher came knocking a few months ago. But it became clear that writing this book was going to interfere with the big plans I had for my company for the latter half of 2012: namely, the creation of my new, advanced Web mastery course for women. Midway through our contract negotiations, I realized that writing the book would take up way too much of my time when I knew, deep down, that my first priority had to be developing my new offering. So although it was an extremely difficult decision, I turned down the offer. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but saying “no” instantly opened up my heart and mind to all the amazing things I’m currently creating. – Amanda Aitken, The Girl’s Guide to Web Design 3. Burning Through the Talent PoolWithout any brand equity and very little capital, our startup, like many others, attracted only mediocre talent in our early stages. The odds of tackling the many challenges we faced at that time were stacked up against us, but we rallied our team around a well-articulated vision and with a greater sense of purpose to succeed beyond reason. But that was not the hardest part. Along the way, we admittedly burned through a lot of people who gave the company a lot. We learned that the those who take you from one stage to another may not always be right for whatever the next step is. In the short term, such changes are heart-wrenching and feel unfair – unless measured against the future prospect of greater success for an even larger group of stakeholders. – Christopher Kelly, NYC Conference Centers 4. Downsizing My LifestyleThe hardest thing that I’ve had to do to build my company is give up all of the lifestyle comforts that my extra money used to buy. Money that I used to spend on entertainment, trips or a better apartment had to be funneled back into my business. One day, one of my employees said, “Wow, you’re really getting a lot of use out of those shoes aren’t you?” That would have mortified me three years ago – not keeping up with new trends or not having a nicer apartment. It may sound shallow, but slowly giving up all of those life perks I used to have has made me realize how important it is to me for my business to grow and where my priorities are. – Caitlin McCabe, Real Bullets Branding 5. Admitting WeaknessIt is very hard for us to look at our flaws, let alone to correct them. It was around the age of 30 that I realized that even though I had the business talent, I lacked the leadership and people skills that turn a young entrepreneur into a successful leader. This realization meant changing old habits, such as listening to the employees of my firm, listening to my clients, valuing relationships more and understanding that in business, you can only control so much and you have to let the rest fall into place. It was very difficult for me to come to this realization, as we tend to only focus on what we are doing correctly, simply because it’s more pleasant to do so. However, it’s also best to look at our weaknesses and correct them. – Ken Sundheim, KAS Placement 6. Bootstrapping the CompanyBootstrapping has been our most gut-wretching choice in building our business. We’ve had several opportunities to accept funding from angels, but our team was committed to self-funding because we wanted to have full control over our business’ vision and direction – without any distraction from investors and their opinions. There were certainly moments in our history where cash flow was tight – and where our business completely depended on a successful launch of some feature or product. But we were able to make it through those tough times, and today, we enjoy a healthy business that is very profitable and fully under the control of our team. – Eric Bahn, Beat The GMAT 7. Rejecting Attractive Job OffersI’ve been offered full-time jobs since I’ve built my business. The idea of at least doubling what I’m actually taking home (based on how much I funnel right back into the business) is incredibly appealing. But I’ve done it, and I’ll keep on refusing job offers. The same holds true of big projects and contracts that aren’t a good match with what I need to do to grow my business, as hard as it is to turn down cash in hand. – Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern Consulting 8. Sacrificing Family TimeI’ve sacrificed quality time that I would be spending with family and friends. Building a successful company requires time and focus, and that means I have less time to spend with my wife and friends. Even when I did have the time, my mind was usually thinking about building the business, rather than being present. It ís difficult, but as long as you work toward achieving goals and let yourself ease up once you achieve them, itís worth it. – John Hall, Digital Talent AgentsThe Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

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Advani opens gold account, Alok creates history

first_imgStar cueist Pankaj Advani provided the first gold for India in the 16th Asian Games by clinching the title in billiards singles while Alok Kumar claimed a bronze in 8-ball pool event and the shooters accounted for a silver and bronze on the second day of competitions in Guangzhou on Sunday. MEDAL TALLYDefending champion Advani kept his reputation intact with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Myanmar’s Oo Nay Thway in the billiards final as India pushed their medals tally to one gold, three silver and two bronze to retain their fifth position on the table.Hosts China continued to rule the roost and maintained the top position on the medals table with a tally of 37-14-12 while South Korea (13-10-12) and Japan (8-20-15) were in the second and third spots respectively.The shooters were again in the spotlight with Heena Siddhu, Annu Raj Singh and Sania Rai claiming the silver in the women’s 10 m air pistol team event and Vijay Kumar bagging the bronze in the men’s 10 m air pistol at the Aoti shooting range.Alok became the first Indian to win an Asian Games medal in pool events by bagging a bronze though he lost his semifinal contest 5-7 against Kuo Po-Cheng of Chinese Taipei.Under rules of the event, both the losing semifinalists are awarded a bronze each instead of playing a third-place play-off.India’s men’s tennis team also assured itself of a bronze medal by securing a place in the semi-finals against top seed Chinese Taipei but the performance in other disciplines such as weightlifting, judo, swimming, cycling and triathlon left much to be desired on a day of mixed fortunes.advertisementThe day clearly belonged to the 25-year-old Advani who showed nerves of steel under severe pressure to clinch the first gold medal for India when he came twice from behind to edge out Myanmar’s Oo Nay Thway 3-2 and retain his title after a bitterly fought billiards singles final.Advani was down 1-2 after losing the first and third frames, but fought back in dogged fashion to clinch the fourth to take the match into a nerve-wracking final frame.A beaming Advani, who has won the world professional and IBSF titles in the past, said this was the biggest title of his career.”This feels great. This is Olympics for me as unfortunately we are not there in the Olympics. This time I made it a point to win the first gold for the country. It’s an absolutely emotional moment for me. I cant’t ask for more,” he said.After Narang’s exploits on the opening day, the Indian women shooters Heena Sidhu, Annu Raj Singh and Sonia Rai had their moment of glory as they won the silver medal in the 10m Air Pistol team event.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Parliamentary Sports Festival A Success

first_imgTeams from across the ACT gave up their Community and Family Day public holiday on Monday to take part in the Parliamentary Sports Festival at Parliament House. Touch Football was one of 10 sports to take part in the day, with a Touch Football tournament being played at the Senate Oval. A Parliament team, two Brumbies teams, the New Zealand High Commission and a Touch Football Australia (TFA) team took part in the Touch Football component of the day, with the TFA team defeating the Parliament team in a close final, winning by one touchdown. It was the second year that TFA has worked in conjunction with Sports Hydrant to put on the Touch Football component of the Festival,  with both events proving to be a great success. The day concluded with a dinner for the sports and politicians that took part in the event, which celebrated Australia’s success at the recent 2012 London Olympic Games, with athletes Ellie Cole, Alicia Coutts, Kim Crow, Malcolm Page, Murray Stewart and Jarred Talent as well as Australian Olympic Committee President, John Coates being interviewed on stage by MC, Stephanie Brantz. Related LinksParliamentary Sports Festivallast_img read more

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a month agoEverton boss Marco Silva annoyed after Bournemouth loss

first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva annoyed after Bournemouth lossby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva was annoyed with his defence in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Bournemouth.Callum Wilson stole the show with a barnstorming double at Vitality Stadium, which was sandwiched in between goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ryan Fraser.”It’s a disappointing result, of course. We didn’t deserve more after the mistakes,” admitted Silva. “We conceded the three goals so easy. I don’t want to take away the credit from Bournemouth but it was our fault. We had good offensive moments in the game but the way we conceded the goals made a big impact.”We reacted well to their first goal. We started the second half doing what we planned, creating dangerous chances around their box but then they scored from one mistake from a set piece and were clinical.”We have to become again that solid team that we were towards the end of last season and at the start of the season when we had 10 clean sheets in 13 games. We created chances and should have scored more but when you defend like that you are not going to win the game.”It was a lack of focus. We addressed these type of moments last season. We were solid at the start of this season and we need to be more solid again. It’s something we must address as fast as we can. We’ve been a solid team before and I don’t see any reasons why we can’t be again.”Last season we improved our away form from the season before but we want to do better than that. We created problems for them, created spaces but conceding goals like that makes you lose confidence.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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JUTC to Provide Free Internet Service on Public Passenger Buses

first_imgStory Highlights They will also feature backup batteries that will be activated in the event that technical issues arising interrupt the vehicles’ power supply. Beginning December 2018, commuters will have free access to the Internet when travelling on Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses. The devices will create a Vehicle Area Network (VAN) that enables commuters to access LTE/4G service inside and immediately outside the buses. This facility will be able to accommodate up to 100 mobile devices per vehicle. Beginning December 2018, commuters will have free access to the Internet when travelling on Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses.This will be facilitated through the installation of mobile gateway devices on approximately 450 buses to provide Wi-Fi connectivity.The devices will create a Vehicle Area Network (VAN) that enables commuters to access LTE/4G service inside and immediately outside the buses. This facility will be able to accommodate up to 100 mobile devices per vehicle.The mobile gateways will be remotely managed and are deemed sturdy enough to withstand the buses’ rigorous movements.They will also feature backup batteries that will be activated in the event that technical issues arising interrupt the vehicles’ power supply.In addition, there will be constant monitoring to prevent the streaming of explicit content.An agreement formalising this arrangement was signed at the Science, Energy and Technology Ministry in New Kingston on March 7.The signatories included Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley; Chief Executive Officer of Growth Tech Limited, which will spearhead the project’s implementation, Neil Lawrence; and Managing Director, JUTC, Paul Abrahams.In his remarks, Dr. Wheatley said the partnership supports the Government’s mandate of increasing Internet connectivity islandwide and building a truly knowledge-based society.He noted the initiative complements engagements such as the Tablets in Schools Programme, zero-rating of all government websites, and the provision of community access points (CAPs) across Jamaica.The Minister said 300 CAPs are now in operation and five public Wi-Fi spaces established in Kingston and St. Andrew, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth have been commissioned into service.“We are still looking to go into other rural town centres, such as Annotto Bay, Port Antonio and Brown’s Town,” he indicated.For his part, Mr. Abrahams said the Wi-Fi service is expected to increase the JUTC’s ridership in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) and contribute to boosting the company’s revenue.“This service will allow all passengers with a smartphone to have access to basic Internet connection (so they can) browse, check, send emails and access WhatsApp (messaging). This is at no cost to the commuter, no cost to the JUTC,” he said.In his remarks, Mr. Lawrence said Growth Tech Limited’s vision is to eventually see data service manifested in Jamaica like oxygen, accessible to everyone, everywhere.He said a “sizeable number” of Jamaicans who travel on JUTC own smartphones, but are unable to leverage data service on the go as much as they desire.“Our platform provides an exclusive communication bridge between business entities of any size and thousands of commuters, prospective commuters, travelling on the JUTC on a daily basis, as products and services will be presented in the form of mobile advertisements when connecting to the Wi-Fi,” he said.Mr. Lawrence said a pilot will be implemented prior to the full roll-out by the end of the year.Growth Tech Limited is a technological company that was conceptualised in 2016. The entity was formalised in 2017 with the goal of installing Wi-Fi services in public transportation units as well as high-traffic locations.last_img read more

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TSX finishes flat as energy and metals stocks fall oil prices unchanged

first_imgTORONTO – It was an especially flat day for Canada’s main stock index Friday, with the energy sector among major decliners despite oil prices continuing to hover around the US$50 mark.The S&P/TSX composite index squeaked out 0.31 of a point to advance to 15,173.03, as the October crude contract remained unchanged at US$49.89 per barrel.“We were hoping we’d see a bottom in energy stocks and they’d start acting better — that’s what the Canadian market needs because that’s the way the Canadian market is constructed,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.“But they’re not behaving as well as the commodity.”Levine attributed some of energy stocks’ woes to the rising loonie and a weakening greenback — “that’s because they sell energy for the most part in U.S. dollars,” he explained.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 82.09 US, up 0.11 of a U.S. cent.South of the border, it was another day of meagre gains and record highs for two of New York’s major indexes.The Dow Jones industrial average advanced 64.86 points to 22,268.34 on Friday, its fourth straight day of record highs, while the S&P 500 index was up 4.61 points to 2,500.23, its fourth day of reaching a new high since Monday.Meanwhile, the Nasdaq composite index gained 19.39 points to 6,448.47.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract declined $4.10 at US$1,325.20 an ounce.The October natural gas contract was down five cents to US$3.02 per mmBTU and the December copper contract gave back a penny at US$2.95 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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Lack of formal apology casts shadow over Jallianwala Bagh event in UK

first_imgLondon: The failure of the UK government to tender a formal apology on the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre was the overwhelming focus of a commemorative event held at the House of Lords complex in London on Saturday. The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar during the Baisakhi festival on April 13, 1919, when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer opened fire at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving scores dead. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIndian-origin peers Lord Raj Loomba and Lord Meghnad Desai were joined by fellow members of the Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Commemoration Committee (JBCCC) to wrap up a series of events and exhibitions held in the UK to mark the 100th anniversary of the British colonial era massacre. “The Jallianwala Bagh massacre of April 13, 1919, stands out as a very tragic event in history. Hundred years since then, India has come a long way and this why we have heard various mutterings of regret because ultimately India is now a power to reckon with,” said Lord Desai. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”I do not understand why the British government has not to this day agreed to say sorry,” said Lord Loomba, who also called for an investigation into whether Colonel Dyer instigated the “huge atrocity” of his own accord or was following orders from higher authorities during the British Raj. The commemorative event included a screening of a short clip from Richard Attenborough’s 1982 epic ‘Gandhi’, re-enacting the fateful day. Unofficial estimates put the death toll into thousands, with the incident being described as a turning point in the Indian national movement. “The pain remains etched in the memory of Punjabi people. An apology will not bring back the dead or give any real comfort to their family and friends. However, it will help to mitigate the pain and bring closure to us all,” said Manjit Singh GK, Patron-in-Chief of the JBCCC. “An apology cannot undo what has been done but it would be a befitting tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. We on behalf of the JBCCC, strongly demand that the British government tender an official apology,” said Vikramjit Singh Sahney, Patron of JBCC. “Pain and hurt do not have prescribed end dates. It is time to recognise that and for the British government to ask for forgiveness with an unreserved apology,” added JBCC chair Balbir Singh Kakar. Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Theresa May had expressed deep regret over the tragedy in a statement in the House of Commons to mark the 100th anniversary of the tragedy, which she described as a “shameful scar” on British Indian history. However, the government has been criticised for not going far enough to make a formal apology, with the Opposition Labour Party demanding a “full, clear and unequivocal apology”. “The Jallianwala Bagh massacre shook the very soul of a nation. It will be a long while before it fades away. History will keep reminding successive future generations about it,” Indian High Commissioner to the UK Ruchi Ghanashyam said in her address at the event. Indian-origin peer, Lord Jitesh Gadhia, stressed the importance of the tragedy forming part of a compulsory “warts and all” colonial history curriculum to be taught across all British schools. The programme in the House of Lords complex marked a culmination of events being held across the UK to mark the centenary of the massacre. The events included an exhibition titled ‘Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab under Siege’ at Manchester Museum in partnership with Amritsar’s Partition Museum, and a number of book launches on the subject historian Kim Wagner’s Jallianwala Bagh’, Saurav Dutt’s Garden of Bullets’ and journalist Anita Anand’s The Patient Assassin’ tracing the lead up to the massacre as well as its aftermath. British Indian journalist Sathnam Sanghera also added to the widespread calls for an apology as part of a critically-acclaimed documentary, The Massacre that Shook the Empire’, aired in the UK on Saturday night. The issue also found prominence in the UK parliamentary agenda in recent months, as both the House of Lords and Commons held debates in the lead up to the anniversary.last_img read more

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Sensex rebounds 490 points to close above 39k Nifty reclaims 11700 mark

first_imgMumbai: Snapping its three-session losing streak, benchmark BSE Sensex surged 490 points Wednesday as investors piled into finance, energy and IT stocks ahead of expiry of derivatives contracts. Index heavyweight Reliance Industries, HDFC and HDFC Bank accounted for almost half of the Sensex’s gains. Markets were propelled by short covering ahead of expiry of April futures and options contracts Thursday amid positive global cues, analysts said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAfter starting on a positive note, indices were boosted by a burst of buying towards the fag-end. The BSE Sensex soared 489.80 points, or 1.27 per cent, to close at 39,054.68. The broader NSE Nifty climbed 150.20 points, or 1.30 per cent, to 11,726.15. In the Sensex pack, HCL Tech spurted 3.40 per cent, followed by ONGC, IndusInd Bank, Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, HDFC, RIL, Bajaj Finance, SBI, HDFC Bank and TCS. On the other hand, Tata Motors, Hero MotoCorp, Coal India, PowerGrid, Maruti, Axis Bank and NTPC fell up to 3.33 per cent. “Despite mixed signals from global markets, and worries domestically on growth and elections, Indian markets rallied almost 1.3 per cent. After three straight days of losses in the Nifty, the headline index delivered strong gains led by financials and tech, while autos continued to drag.last_img read more

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