Mark LaLiberte To Address Local Builders At February OMB Meeting

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Master BuildersMark LaLiberte will be the guest speaker at the Olympia Master Builders (OMB) General Membership Meeting, being held on Tuesday, Februray 5 at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club. LaLiberte is the premier speaker in the U.S. about the benefits of constructing durable, energy efficient, healthier, more sustainable homes. Through his lectures, site assistance, video series and mobile App, he provides builders, architects and manufacturers with an in-depth look at the current and future state of housing.  Mark was the recipient of the Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA) Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-standing commitment to helping the home construction industry embrace building science. “We appreciate Lexar Homes, Ore-Pac Building Products, and DuPont Tyvek bringing Mark LaLiberte to this area in coordination with OMB’s dinner meeting.  I think our members, and anyone involved in the home building industry will get a lot of value out of hearing what Mark has to say”, commented OMB President John McKinlay.Be sure to RSVP for this great night of networking and information.  The evening’s program will begin with social time at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7:00 p.m. at Indian Summer Golf and County Club (5900 Troon Lane SE in Olympia).  The cost is $25 per person with RSVP or $30 at the door.  To register go to, or email, or call 360-754-0912 by Monday, February 4 to avoid paying the walk-in price.Olympia Master Builders is a professional trade association representing nearly 600 member companies in Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Mason Counties.  The primary goal of OMB is to provide affordable housing for all segments of society.  This is achieved by improving the construction industry and the business climate in which it operates. OMB members are committed to building strong communities, one home at a time.”last_img read more

Barmaid gets prison in collision

first_imgProsecutors said Hernandez got on the freeway going the wrong way at Angeles Forest Highway. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hernandez was convicted in a jury trial last month of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the Dec. 3, 2004, fatal wrong-way collision on the Antelope Valley Freeway. At the time, Hernandez had a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent, more than 21/2 times the 0.08 percent limit at which a person is considered drunk, and was on probation for a 2003 misdemeanor driving under the influence conviction in Van Nuys. Family and friends of Hernandez also spoke on her behalf. “They too are hurting because of the defendant’s conduct. Everybody was crying,” Roberts said. Today would have been Smolinisky’s 67th birthday. A juror in a questionnaire summed up the trial as a “very sad case of a life ruined and a life lost,” Roberts said. The collision occurred about 3 a.m. south of Vista Point. Hernandez was coming from work at a bar and restaurant in Palmdale, and Smolinisky was heading to her job at a packing company in Los Angeles, prosecutors said. Hernandez was driving a Honda Passport; Smolinsky was in a Nissan Sentra. LANCASTER – A Lancaster bar waitress was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison for driving drunk and crashing head-on into another car, killing a 66-year-old Palmdale woman. Anna Hernandez, 33, apologized in court to the family of victim Emma Smolinisky, who had four children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The victim’s two daughters and oldest grandson spoke at Hernandez’s sentencing hearing, which was an hour-and-a-half long and described by prosecutors as emotionally draining. “They talked about the pain they suffered from their loss, the memories they shared with her, and the future memories that they will never experience,” Deputy District Attorney Tina Roberts said. “The sentence was appropriate because the victim lost her life and the family is sentenced to life without `Mami Gatty,’ so I think the defendant should get a life sentence.” last_img

Want list: more snow

first_imgECHO SUMMIT, Calif. – Winter storms last month boosted snow levels in the Sierra Nevada, although more is needed to make up for this year’s dry start, the Department of Water Resources said Friday in its monthly snow survey. In the northern Sierra, at 6,800 feet above sea level, researchers measured the snow at 63.8 inches deep, about 78 percent of what is expected this time of year. The average snowpack along the 400-mile-long mountain range was 64 percent of normal. Although the readings were still low, the snow’s water content was significantly higher than a month ago. A storm dumped up to 9 feet of snow on upper elevations of the Sierra over the past week, about 6 feet in back-to-back storms last weekend. “It’s a nice boost. Things were looking pretty grim in February,” said Maurice Roos, the department’s chief hydrologist. The snow’s water content was deeper in the northern Sierra – 71 percent of normal – and slightly lower in the central and southern Sierra – 66 percent and 55 percent, respectively. Researchers from the department conduct five monthly snow surveys from January to May, measuring the snow at 382 stations so they can predict water supply for the year. Runoff from the Sierra provides more than one-third of the state’s drinking and irrigation water. Hydroelectric plants also rely on snowmelt to produce about one-quarter of the state’s power. Roos said changes in the state’s weather in the next few months could further improve snow and water levels. There is usually an additional 10 percent to 15 percent of snowfall in March, he said. The current readings “put us about where we were at this time last year,” department snow surveys chief Frank Gehrke said in a statement. Despite a dry January, officials said California reservoirs still have plenty of water, thanks to wet winters in the three previous years.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal company whose owners asked a Judge to give a chance to get back on a sound financial footing has been placed into Examinership.Judge Keenan Johnson:The directors of Milford engineering firm Henry McGinley and Sons appeared at Donegal Circuit Court before Judge Keenan Johnston in Donegal Town.In the first case of its kind in the circuit court, barrister for the company Ms Eithne Reid-O’Doherty said the company, which employs ten people, has a strong chance of survival. The court heard the company once employed up to 30 people but had been forced to let go a number of people recently.It was also revealed how the McGinleys had tried their best to pay off their debts in recent years.An English company has still come after them for cash despite the fact that the company was still trying to pay a remainder of €13,000 from an overall six figure sum it had already paid off.Judge Johnston referred to the efforts to get back that money describing it as “using a hammer to crack a nut.” He said the McGinleys had worked hard and he thought they should be given a chance.“There are green shoots of recovery on the horizon and I would think it is in everyone’s interest that they given the chance to be able to turn the corner,“They are an employer in an employment blackspot and should be given every opportunity to turn it around,” he said.He also appointed Sean Carr of Vision Accountancy to the Examinership, agreed the Examinership for 70 days and adjourned the case until October 16 to allow responses from creditors. JUDGE GIVES DONEGAL ENGINEERING FIRM CHANCE TO TURN THEIR BUSINESS AROUND was last modified: October 7th, 2014 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) Tags:donegalengineering firmHenry McGiney and SonsJudge Keenan JohnstonMilfordlast_img read more

Young chef bags Michelin Star Award

first_imgHighly esteemed Donegal chef Roisin Gillen and her team have bagged themselves Ireland’s prestigious Michelin Star Award of 2016!Roisin, a third year Culinary Arts student at Dublin Institute of Technology has recently been working with Andrew Heron and Damien Grey at Heron & Grey in Blackrock for the past eight months.With Roisin and Damien cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and Andrew looking after the Front of House, the restaurant has quickly established itself as one of Dublin’s greatest gems. Heron & Grey pride themselves on using local Irish produce and change the menu every two weeks!Damien first spotted Roisin at Broiche in Ranelagh when she was only in first year, and immediately knew she would be a great addition to his restaurant once opened due to her natural flare for the culinary arts.A busy woman, in first year after winning a Tabasco competition, she won a trip to Avery Island in Louisiana, and in her second year tutors chose her to represent DIT at a catering college just outside Toronto. We’re sure we’ll hear much more from this amazingly talented young chef.Well done Roisin from the team at Donegal Daily!Young chef bags Michelin Star Award was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

A million flags to fly in Soweto

first_img30 June 2010South Africans living in the greater Johannesburg area are being urged to join the One Million Flags March through Soweto on Friday, 3 July to show their support for Africa’s first Fifa World Cup.The march will ensure local fans still keep the momentum of what has so far been phenomenal support for football’s greatest showpiece.OptimisticMusician Arthur Mafokate says: “In the wake of Bafana Bafana’s going out in style from the world’s most spectacular tournament, South Africans remain optimistic and support the teams that are left in the tournament.“To show South Africa’s patriotism, passion and love for the game, different corporate companies and the government have partnered to continue to show they are good hosts.”It is not about Bafana, he explains; it is to show that South Africa is a beautiful nation and that its people can still celebrate even if the national team did not make it into the Round of 16. The way in which South Africans celebrate the World Cup will hopefully leave a lasting impression on visitors, which will bring them back to the country with their families in the future.March movementsStarting from Baralink Taxi Rank in Diepkloof at 10:00 sharp, the march will go to Maponya Mall, moving towards Jabulani Mall, then to Dobsonville Mall, towards Protea Gardens Mall, Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, and end at Elkah Stadium in Rockville.A host of proudly South African individuals will participate. Mafokate says the nation should “embrace visitors and make them feel loved”.The One Million Flags March is being held 15 days before the birthday of Nelson Mandela. His birthday, on 18 July, is celebrated around the world as Nelson Mandela Day.“Let’s come together and celebrate with the world. The World Cup is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Mafokate.Raising the South African flagThe march is set to focus on everyone raising South Africa’s flag in support of the country’s world-class hosting of the prestigious tournament. “The One Million Flags March will take to the air through the streets of Soweto, and if it’s successful it may be extended to other parts of the country.”He points out that, to local artists, the World Cup is “like a key opening a door for the whole world to know about us”.Confident that the march will attract one million people, Mafokate believes that not only people in Soweto but from surrounding areas will join.Wavin’ FlagSomali-Canadian rapper and musician K’naan will perform his Wavin’ Flag song at the Fifa Fan Fest™ at Elkah Stadium, where the march will end.The march comes after Fifa and the Organising Committee noted concerns that Bafana’s early elimination would affect the number of people in South Africa supporting the football and could break down the unity seen before the team’s exit.“Let us [South Africans] be the rainbow nation we are known to be,” Mafokate says. “It’s about the legacy [the World Cup] will leave behind.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Young people must be empowered to drive SA’s development

first_imgMandla Maseko, who will be the first black South African astronautThe recently held elections in South Africa once again shone a spotlight on the importance of active citizenry, pride and patriotism in our country and its heritage as well as an indomitable hope for a better future.For many of our youth who were born during the two decades of democratic freedom in our country, the elections provided a powerful reminder of how citizens can pool their collective power to make a difference to our country. We ourselves own the power to build the South Africa we want to see by 2030.Young people are a critical force in this. You have the enthusiasm, vibrancy, courage and spirit to do things differently, to make changes that will bring a better life for the millions of our people.Is it any wonder that many of the innovations we most enjoy in our lives were spearheaded by young people and it is these individuals that continue to inspire us – young and old alike. People like Steve Jobs who inspired the Apple revolution throughout the world.In South Africa we have people like Mandla Maseko who will be the first black South African astronaut and Siya Xuza who has had a minor planet named after him by NASA based on his ground breaking work. A little piece of South Africa lives in space through the planet named Siyaxuza.We may not know what active citizenship is as a concept but when we look at people like Siya Xuza and Mandla Maseko, we realise that the meaning does not matter. What matters is that these inspiring young people have done what they could, when they could with the resources they could! They were excellent at what they needed to do in their respective fields and soon enough, they received the recognition and accolades that they deserved. However, this is not the end for them. We will yet hear of their contributions to South Africa in particular and the world in general.This is the spirit that must drive the implementation of the National Development Plan which recognises the role young people can and must play in South Africa’s development.Recognising that we have a rapidly urbanising and increasingly youthful population, the NDP or Vision 2030, presents an unprecedented opportunity to harness the talent, passion and energy of the youth to help boost economic growth and development in the country. By being innovative and creative in how we do this, we will be able to ensure the gainful employment of our young people.The NDP recognizes that all too often young people bear the brunt of unemployment, and as a result, the NDP has adopted a “youth lens” in preparing its proposals to help young people become active, contributing citizens moving forward.The implementation of the NDP will see young people receiving quality education – particularly around maths and science programmes, skills transfer and training. Government will be expected to play its part by ensuring adequate teacher training as well as enabling infrastructure for schools and tertiary institutions. Communities and civil society are expected to play their part by developing programmes, together the relevant institutions, to provide life-skills and entrepreneurship training. Organised business is expected to expand learnerships, comply the tax incentives to support the employment of young people and create formalised graduate recruitment schemes.The implementation of the NDP will see South Africa become a nation that collectively cares for its young people as envisaged by President Mandela. The soul of our nation will be carried by productive and engaged young people.Ultimately, the National Development Plan must result in a more united, cohesive society – the words unity in diversity must extend beyond the pages on which I write them.To achieve this, we must all play our part in our individual spaces. We must each do what we can, where we can, when we can to make our homes, communities and country, safer, happier, prosperous and fulfilled. I urge each of you reading these words to give them life by going into your community to see what you can do to make someone else’s life slightly brighter. South Africa has many social and economic challenges. The National Development Plan clearly recognises this.The Plan also identifies the required interventions that must be taken to address these challenges sustainably and durably. We cannot and must not be grappling with these 20 years from now. The year in which we celebrate 20 years of democracy must be remembered in history as the year in which South Africa collectively – you and I included – decided to do things differently to grow our country. We must begin by prioritising the growth and development of our children, our young people. They are our greatest legacy.Ms Wendy Tlou is Director: Strategic Marketing and Communication at Brand South Africalast_img read more

IT Poll: Which of Our Enterprise Startups to Watch Do You Think Will Be Most Successful?

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Products Related Posts Last week we profiled five enterprise startups to watch in 2011. Each startup is one that we think has great potential and hasn’t received much, or any, coverage from ReadWriteWeb in the past. The five were: DokDok, Jama, Erply, SnapLogic and Podio. Which of these five do you think will be most successful in the new year? Photo by Shereen M IT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img

DotNetNuke: An Open-Source CMS … For Microsoft Web Sites

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now brian proffitt Tags:#.NET#apache#cms#content management system#Microsoft#Open Source#Web Content Version 7.0 of DotNetNuke, an open-source content-management system that you’ve probably never heard of, is now released and bringing enterprise-level web content functionality to users committed to Microsoft-based infrastructure. The .NET-based DotNetNuke will be a significant player in a growing cloud-computing environment where Microsoft Web servers may be more relevant.Web Servers: Where Microsoft Doesn’t Rule Depending on how you examine the data, less than one-fifth of the world’s sites run Microsoft-based Web servers like Internet Information Server. And, unlike all the cool kids running open-source code like Apache and nginx, IIS players don’t always want to run popular content-management systems like Joomla, Drupal or WordPress.[Update: The preceding paragraph was corrected to update an error regarding the capabilities of CMS systems and IIS. -BKP]Let’s be honest: 16.52% of the world’s tracked Web servers running IIS in November 2012 is tiny compared to Apache’s 57.23% share. But having almost 17% of servers locked up is still a heck of lot of sites — 103.3 million, actually. Even if just 1% of them need a WordPress-like CMS, that’s a little over a million sites pining away.It’s all very well to snicker at these shops and prescribe spinning up some Apache-on-Linux servers, and installing Joomla or one of the other CMSes. But CIOs make IT investments for a strategic reason and have put a lot of time and money into their infrastructure. Generally, they’re not just rolling dice, which means it’s not always easy to get them to shift to non-Microsoft technologies. Enter DotNetNuke Corp., maker of its self-named .NET-based platform. The CMS plays very well with native Microsoft tech and provides CIOs a robust tool that compares favorably with Drupal. Since its initial release in late 2002, DotNetNuke has enjoyed a strong following within the Microsoft ecosystem, and has about 800,000 registered users, according to Shaun Walker, co-founder and CTO of the company.Filling The .NET GapThe latest iteration of DotNetNuke has a broad range of new features, with a new interface that includes a more-robust editor and version-management system, as well as Active Directory support so enterprise employees can plug into site-content systems seamlessly. Cascading-style-sheet management is reportedly a lot easier to use, which should make designers happy.DotNetNuke is a bit of an oddity within the Microsoft world. It’s actually an open-source licensed platform, using an MIT software license. The MIT license is what’s known as a permissive license, which means the code for the software is open but users and developers aren’t required to publish their changes, as with restrictive licenses like the GNU General Public License. Walker highlighted this as one reason why Microsoft-oriented customers don’t have a problem with using an open-source platform.That DotNetNuke’s potential market is such a small minority of servers in the world might seem like a liability, but Walker believes that there is a lot of potential for DotNetNuke just around the corner. With the advent of HTML5 and Java-based sites, “pretty soon the underlying architecture won’t matter as much.”If development does shift more to the client-side layer, then the Web server layer where Apache, nginx, and IIS live would become more of an abstraction. Given the relatively low cost of cloud-based instances of even IIS, companies with more .Net assets and developers might therefore migrate to IIS in order to streamline their IT resources.That’s the vision Walker has, but it remains to be seen if IIS can experience strong growth, even in the cloud, up against the free Apache and nginx servers.For now, DotNetNuke soldiers on, filling a gap for IT managers who are still dedicated to the Microsoft Way.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts last_img read more

Microsoft’s Complaint Against Android In Europe Is All Kinds Of Stupid

first_imgGoogle releases Android’s kernel and base code to the public, for free. If a manufacturer doesn’t want to include Google services in their Android hardware, it’s free to ignore Google’s requirements for accessing Google Play.That’s exactly what Amazon did with the Kindle Fire. You cannot access Google Play or other Google apps from Amazon Android products. According to research by The Guardian, around a quarter of all Android devices shipped do not use Google services (mostly sold in China, where Google’s search service is banned). Facebook’s new “Home” skin allows Facebook to monetize consumer data while also allowing access to Google services.Samsung and its new Galaxy S4 (pictured above) also de-emphasize Google apps in favor of Samsung’s own apps. That doesn’t mean that Samsung has cut Google out of the equation (though it could, theoretically), but it has gone in its own direction in terms of how it’s deployed Google’s open source mobile operating system. It should be noted that the leader in the anti-Google Pitchfork Brigade is Microsoft. This is a company that has twice been hammered by governments (the U.S. and the European Commission) for abusing monopoly power stemming from its Windows operating system to shut out competing products such as browsers or streaming media players.By contrast, while Google does push its own apps, it also allows competitors to those same apps in its Play store. For instance, if you don’t want Chrome for your browser, you can easily download Firefox, Dolphin, Opera or a variety of other browsers. Google is not locking its users into its own experience. Facebook Home This Has Nothing To Do With Fair SearchYou would think that an organization called Fair Search would, you know, be about search. The complaint barely mentions search at all. This is about money… not freedom of information.From the complaint:Google’s anti-competitive strategy to dominate the mobile marketplace and cement its control over consumer Internet data for online advertising as usage shifts to mobile.“Cement its control over consumer Internet data and for online advertising.” That has little to do with consumers rights, wants or privileges. It has everything to do with Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle and its cohorts’ declining businesses.This is about smartphone and tablet sales. The complaint with the European Commission is a sideways slap at Google without taking the real issue — share of handset market share — head on. Nobody put a gun to the heads of mobile carrier and manufacturer executives and told them they had to use Android. Even if they you take the issue of access to Google Play into account, that is a service that Google has every right to set requirements to use. How is this anti-competitive?Just because Google built a popular product that is easy to build, easy to distribute and many manufacturers and partners have willingly decided to use that product, how does that make Google an anti-competitive monopoly in the mobile business?Europe vs. United StatesThis type of complaint would never fly in the United States. Google could very easily point to Amazon and say, “look, we just give this thing away and people can do want they want with it. We think consumers get extra value if they want Google services and we set requirements for their use.”FairSearch has already come after Google in the U.S. It logged complaints with the Federal Trade Commission targeting Google’s acquisition of Boston-based travel search engine ITA along with concerns over its AdWords keyword advertising engine tied to search results. In January 2013, after a 19-month investigation, the FTC basically exonerated Google of wrongdoing and chastised it about how it licenses patents. The European Commission has not been quite so forgiving. The EC has come down against Google over privacy concerns and is currently investigating the company, based on a FairSearch complaint, over privacy and antitrust concerns with its browser. European officials have show more willingness to put the hammer down on supposed monopolistic activities than its American counterparts.It should also be noted that Android does not have the dominance in the U.S. like it does in other parts of the world. Here, it’s embroiled in an epic fight with Apple’s iPhone for the top spot among American consumers. In Europe, Google can point to Apple dominance in the U.S. as an example of how competitors can achieve success by being smart and having superior product. Top picture: Motorola Razr M by Dan Rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … What happens when a new company comes into your market, drives down prices, iterates better and faster and ends up kicking your butt around the room and taking all of your customers?Well, you sue them, of course. That is what a coalition of companies under the moniker has been doing to Google for the past several years. Its members include bitter rivals like Microsoft, Oracle, Nokia, Expedia and TripAdvisor that have long complained that Google has a monopoly on search, online data and advertising.Now, FairSearch is going after Google’s Android mobile operating system with a new complaint to the European Commission. The claim? Because Android is free, it creates uncompetitive pricing in the mobile market and also that Google creates has unfair practices by “making” its partner manufacturers use Google services like Gmail, Talk, Maps and the Play app and media store to use Android.This Is All Kinds Of StupidFrom FairSearch’s complaint:“Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data,” said Thomas Vinje, Brussels-based counsel to the FairSearch coalition. “We are asking the Commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market. Failure to act will only embolden Google to repeat its desktop abuses of dominance as consumers increasingly turn to a mobile platform dominated by Google’s Android operating system.”Android currently makes up about 70% of the world’s smartphone shipments.  Tags:#Android#Google#Microsoft#Windows Phone Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Let’s get a couple of pertinent issues out of the way. First, Android is free. This we know. Microsoft charges a license for Windows Phone, the same way it used to charge a “per seat” license for manufacturers to build the Windows PC operating system. Google, meanwhile, imposes some restrictions on its official partners (like Samsung, LG or HTC), saying that if they want access to the Google Play Android app store, they must also give tools and services like YouTube, Talk, Maps and the Chrome browser top billing.center_img dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts last_img read more