Extra electric car charging hubs sought for Letterkenny

first_imgThe local council in Letterkenny is set to request more hybrid and electric car charging points to address the rise in popularity of e-cars.Recharging facilities are being sought for key areas of Letterkenny including the Hugh Duffy car park (formerly the Old Mart) and other council-owned locations.The move follows a 542% surge in electric car sales in Ireland in the first two months of 2019. With 1,129 new electric car registrations in January and February, Councillor Adrian Glackin has said the local authority should get ahead of the game and provide more charging points.In raising the motion with the Letterkenny Municipal District yesterday, Cllr Glackin was told that the council will write to the ESB with the request.Cllr Glackin also suggested that the council look beyond Letterkenny by exploring options to add charging points to car parks in areas such as Rathmullan and Downings to benefit tourism.Extra electric car charging hubs sought for Letterkenny was last modified: March 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:car charging pointselectric carshybridLetterkenny Municipal Districtlast_img read more

R827bn infrastructure funding ‘in place’

first_img27 February 2013 Financing of R827-billion for South Africa’s infrastructure projects over the next three years, to be drawn from the fiscus and state-owned enterprises, is in place, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Presenting his 2013 Budget Speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan said financing for the country’s infrastructure projects was not affected by the spending cuts in the Budget.Schools, hospitals, clinics, dams, electricity… The government had spent R642-billion on infrastructure over the last three years. Of the R827-billion to be spent over the next three years, R430-billion would come from the fiscus, and R400-billion would be drawn from Eskom, Transnet and other state- owned enterprises, Gordhan said. The R430-billion from the fiscus has been allocated to build schools, hospitals, clinics, dams, lay out water and sanitation projects, expand electricity networks and supply electricity to over a million new homes, build more courtrooms and prisons and construct better bus, commuter rail and road links. Most of the spending falls under provinces and municipalities. Funding R400-billion from state-owned enterprises would be drawn from their respective balance sheets and from additional borrowing over the next three years, backed by guarantees from the National Treasury. This would fund the ongoing building of power stations and the rolling out of new electricity transmission lines, as well as new rail, ports, pipelines, water-transfer schemes and various airport upgrades. Gordhan that said though some agencies and departments had struggled to spend their full infrastructure budgets, particularly as funding levels had increased, progress was being made. “Records show that government’s ability to spend has been steadily rising from year to year, but it is not yet fast enough,” he said.R3.6-trillion in projects on the table The Budget Review points out that R3.6-trillion in major infrastructure projects are in progress or under consideration. Ongoing programmes or construction on new projects accounts for almost a quarter of the total expenditure, with most of this being spent on new power generation projects (R537-billion), transport (R151-billion), new schools (R52-billion), hospitals and clinics (R37-billion), and dams and pipelines (R35-billion). Several private-sector projects are also contained in the government’s Strategic Infrastructure Projects, bringing the total value of projects to over R4-trillion. South African public and private-sector capital spending increased in real terms by 4.3 percent and 4.6 percent respectively in 2011 and by 11.1 percent and 4.3 percent in the first three quarters of 2012. However, as a percentage of GDP, capital spending has not yet recovered to the level reached in 2008, before the onset of the global financial crisis. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Beachfront Launch: Hawaii’s Startup Community

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In 2006, in an essay entitled How to Be Silicon Valley, Y-Combinator’s Paul Graham laid out what it would take to build the next generation of emerging startup hubs. According to Graham, all that is required are nerds, rich people, personality and a willingness to tolerate odd (but brilliant) ideas. Hawaii probably isn’t the first place you’d think to launch a startup but given the fantastic quality of life and key components of a good tech community, it’s certainly a viable option. Nerds: Hawaii already hosts its fair share of nerds. Employees from companies like identity management platform Chi.mp, iLovePhotos creator Blue Lava Technologies and social media marketing solution Sprout enjoy the islands as home. Meanwhile, technology groups like TechHui, the Hawaii Science and Technology Council and Social Media Club Hawaii host regular events for entrepreneurs to network and provide feedback to budding technologists. Investors: The Hawaii Venture Capital Association and High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) offer opportunities for investment and business development. HTDC in particular helps entrepreneurs in Maui and Oahu obtain facilities, equipment, and in some cases, funding. Says CEO Yuka Nagashima, “In addition to workshops and education, we’re offering below market rent and flexible lease terms. We understand startup companies and are helping them size up and down to meet their needs. ” Program participants include Sprout, neighborhood platform People Bridge and crowdsourced movie production site Produced By You. Tolerance for New Ideas: Says Chi.mp’s Honolulu-based Chief Operating Officer Mike Curtis, “While the tech scene is relatively small, it is a vibrant, welcoming community and easy to plug into if you are a newcomer to the island. The local entrepreneurial community reflects [the spirit of Aloha] by sharing openly with one another to the betterment of the industry.”Curtis notes that in addition to a close-knit tech community, one of the advantages of launching your business in the state of Hawaii is that tax credits are generous compared to those offered in other states. If you’re interested in exploring Hawaii as a place to launch or relocate your business visit Enterprise Honolulu for a list of startup-related tax incentives. Photo Credit: Jeff Kubina Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshirocenter_img Related Posts Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Forgotten Pioneers of Energy Efficiency

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members In 1977, a group of Canadian researchers built a demonstration house in Regina. Called the Saskatchewan Conservation House, the nearly airtight building had triple-glazed windows, R-40 wall insulation, R-60 roof insulation, and one of the world’s first heat-recovery ventilators.The home’s design and engineering team included Robert Besant, Oliver Drerup, Rob Dumont, David Eyre, and Harold Orr. That same year, Gene Leger, a Massachusetts builder, finished a similar superinsulated house in Pepperell, Mass.When it became clear that these two houses used extraordinarily low amounts of energy, progressive builders and energy researchers throughout North America sat up and paid attention. Among those taking notice of the Saskatchewan and Leger houses were Ned Nisson, the first editor of Energy Design Update, and William Shurcliff, a well-known Massachusetts physicist who regularly collaborated with Nisson.In June 1979 — almost thirty years ago — William Shurcliff issued a historic press release that bears quoting at length. Shurcliff wrote:“Consider the Saskatchewan Energy Conserving Demonstration House. Or consider the Leger House in Pepperell, Mass. They fit none of the … listed categories [of solar houses]. The essence of the new category is:“1. Truly superb insulation. Not just thick, but clever and thorough. Excellent insulation is provided even at the most difficult places: sills, headers, foundation walls, windows, electric outlet boxes, etc.“2. Envelope of house is practically airtight. Even on the windiest days the rate of air change is very low.“3. No provision of extra-large thermal mass. (Down with Trombe walls! Down with water-filled drums and thick concrete floors!)“4. No provision of extra-large south windows. Use normal number and size of south windows — say 100 square feet.“5. No conventional furnace. Merely steal a little heat, when and if needed, from the domestic hot water system. Or use a minuscule amount of electrical heating.“6. No conventional distribution system for… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Eduard Folayang unfazed by Japan crowd in ONE title rematch with hometown bet

first_imgFolayang won the lightweight crown for the first time when he stopped Aoki in the third round back in November 2016 in Singapore.“I just think about it as we’re just fighting in a different place because, at the end of the day, we’re just fighting inside the same cage. It’s only the environment that changed,” Folayang told Filipino scribes Friday during Team Lakay’s media availability at Grand Prince Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut  Folayang admitted that fighting before a hometown crowd adds to Aoki’s motivation to recapture the belt.The lightweight champion also said he is expecting to face the same version of Aoki though, he won’t be surprised if the Japanese legend uses a technique different from than the last time. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag At 34, Folayang feels he’s still going strong and still has a lot left to give.“I think there are still a lot of things I can show especially now that more great fighters our coming to the lightweight division,” Folayang.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arellano Chief Squad bags 4th NCAA cheerleading title Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TOKYO, Japan—Eduard Folayang thinks facing Shinya Aoki in his home turf won’t play any factor in their title rematch in the main event of ONE: A New Era at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more