first_imgJim McGuinness is on the verge of committing himself to another season as Donegal manager after he met with his players behind closed doors at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny today.Jim McGuinness – received full backing of panel at secret meeting last night.The All-Ireland winning manager was told that he has the full support of his squad if he decides to stay on.Some of the players even revealed they would walk away if McGuinness decides to quit. The Glenties man, who has already received the backing of the Donegal County Board, is now expected to remain on as manager.A perfectly-placed source told Donegal Daily that support for McGuinness was unanimous amongst the panel.“Jim wanted to find out if there was any reservations amongst the panel about him staying on.“But he received unanimous support from the team down to the last man. “The overall message from the players is that they want to win Ulster again and go on and win another All-Ireland,” said the source.Many thought McGuinness may walk away from his post and concentrate on his role with Celtic FC.But it is understood he has spoken with Celtic manager Neil Lennon who also gave him the go-ahead to remain on as Donegal boss for another year.It is also believed McGuinness did not like the manner of the defeat by Mayo in the All-Ireland quarter final and by how many pundits have dismissed the team as a one season wonder.The County Board has an executive meeting on Monday evening. Sources say they expect McGuinness to honour is four-year agreement and to continue to manage Donegal.Jim is not expected to attend that meeting.McGUINNESS GETS FULL BACKING OF PLAYERS AFTER MEETING TO DISCUSS FUTURE was last modified: August 25th, 2013 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:Jim McGuinnessmeetingplayerssupportlast_img read more


Apache Software Foundation Launches “Apache Extras” Site to Support Open Source Innovation

first_imgRelated Posts The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the non-profit organization responsible for the support of Apache open source projects, has launched a new site called “Apache Extras.” Hosted on Google Code, the site will house code that’s associated with Apache-related projects that are not part of the ASF’s more than 80 top-level projects or part of the Apache Incubator. The site will help support and highlight the community working on open source projects that are related to or built with Apache Project technology. Apache Extras will provide code repositories, bug tracking, and project wikis – all familiar things to those who’ve used Google Code Project Hosting before. The code hosted there won’t be considered official ASF projects and won’t be managed by the foundation. As such, participants can use whatever license and project management process they desire – although if they’re aiming for eventual inclusion, they should obviously choose the Apache License 2.0. The hope is that by hosting the code together, Apache Extras will provide a certain level of visibility for these open source projects. According to the ASF, the new site will provide “a home for projects that are unable to, or do not wish to, conform to those rules yet still want to signal their relationship to official Apache projects.” For its part, Google says, “So what can we do, as a company, to support open source communities? Providing hosting infrastructure certainly helps, but we can even go a step further. Successful open source software projects are rarely islands of development; larger projects tend to develop ecosystems of related but “unofficial” projects around them. It’s sometimes hard to identify these sub-communities, and so we can help by bolstering their presence: give them a clearer sense of identity and location by inviting them to live under a common banner.”Existing Google Code projects related to Apache products can be migrated to the new Apache Extras site, while those involved with new Apache-related projects can start quickly by filling out a form. audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web last_img read more

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Energy Efficiency Evolution in Western Missouri

first_imgThough Missouri is among the dozen or so states that have yet to adopt a statewide energy efficiency code for residential and private commercial construction, it is not without green building proponents and strategies.About a year ago, GBA noted that the Building Codes Assistance Project, a Washington, DC, advocacy group that offers code-development assistance to state and local officials, has been closely tracking state and local code initiatives, including those in Missouri, where homebuilding associations have argued against regulations they say will raise prices. But green builders in the state have nonetheless proposed programs designed to encourage high-performance construction, including one that would offer financial incentives, in the form of reduced permit fees, for building to the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Standard, also known as the ICC-700.And now the ICC-700 – serving as the residential construction component of the International Code Council’s International Green Construction Code – is being considered for adoption as a voluntary guideline for homebuilding in Clay County, part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. (Clay County and Jefferson County, near St. Louis, are the only two counties in Missouri authorized to adopt, without voter approval, regulations for residential and private commercial construction, according to the BCAP.)Soliciting feedback from the communityA recent story in the Liberty Tribune, which serves Clay County, describes the drive to implement ICC-700 on a voluntary basis as largely collaborative, with the county’s Building Codes Commission set to hold public meetings on the subject on July 14 and 28, and August 11.The man behind the proposal, Matt Tapp, the county’s director of planning and zoning, included a provision to grade participating projects based on their compliance with the National Green Building Standard, and then post each home’s grade on a special sign in front of the house when it’s listed for sale.“It’s been kind of in the back of my mind ever since I got here in 2008 that we needed to move toward a green building standard,” Tapp told the paper. “We want to make the houses that are being built in Clay County more sustainable. It’s just a good idea.”last_img read more

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EFF: Twitter Scores, Verizon Fails At Protecting User Privacy

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted its annual report on which Internet vendors do the most to help protect their users’s private information. And this year’s two best protectors by the EFF’s definition? Twitter and Internet Service Provider of these two vendors scored well within the EFF’s six criteria used to judge online services in the organization’s Who Has Your Back? 2013 report posted today.For the EFF, the most privacy-oriented companies should comply with these policies:Requiring a Warrant for ContentTelling Users About Government Data RequestsPublishing Transparency ReportsPublishing Law Enforcement GuidelinesFighting for Users’ Privacy in CourtFighting for Users’ Privacy in CongressEach rated company gets a star when it does well with one of these criteria. Twitter and nailed it with six stars. LinkedIn, Dropbox and storage service SpiderOak received five stars, having each missed the fighting for users’ privacy in court category.The worst performers in the EFF’s round-up of privacy advocacy? Social media platform MySpace and cellular carrier Verizon, which were awarded no stars at all. Apple, AT&T and Yahoo, only received one start apiece, with the latter getting the award for pushing back in the courts and the other two companies achieving the fighting for users’ privacy in Congress star.Overall, the EFF thinks that things are getting better among these vendors that deal with so much user data.“We’re happy to report that several of the companies included in last year’s report have significantly improved their practices and policies concerning government access to user data,” the organization reported, “Comcast, Google, SpiderOak, and Twitter earned two new stars this year while Microsoft earned three new stars. Foursquare went from zero stars in 2012 to four in 2013.”The report might seem a bit disjointed in its approach, lumping a lot of companies in together with the only common thread being the handling of user data. Users’ expectations on a social network like Facebook is much different than privacy concerns on Verizon or Amazon.But this is a report about government overreach, not expectations of privacy. The government may be able to see your data on your Facebook page, but to use it in a trial or investigation, they should still use a warrant, the EFF is arguing. Users may be surprised to see so many large data handlers that don’t even have that basic requirement.Things are getting better, but there is still a long way to go. brian proffitt Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Government#privacy abuse last_img read more

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Time for girls to come out and play: Saina

first_imgI lived my first eight years in Hisar, Haryana, and watched my parents play in the Faculty Club at the Haryana Agricultural University. It was too early in life to know about anything, including badminton. Later, I discovered that people there are not particularly fond of the girl child. I was really surprised when I was told that my grandmother did not come to see me till a month after my birth.I was born seven years after my only sister, Chandranshu, and my birth was a big disappointment for her. But in that, there is a message that I understand very well now – about the discrimination against the girl child.Fortunately, we moved to Hyderabad where sports facilities were more evolved. My mother Usha Rani had represented Haryana in badminton and she was consistent in her encouragement. That helped me build my career successfully and at just 14, I had a sponsor in Bharat Petroleum, which has now been joined by Deccan Chronicle.We live in an apartment bought with my prize money and my parents have taken care that it is in my name. Many Haryanvi sportspersons, particularly women, are not half as lucky. They do not have generous sponsors even after doing exceedingly well. The Haryana government has, in the last two years, offered several incentives – the highest prize money for medal winners at the Commonwealth Games and a car too. No state has matched this so far.This is a welcome sign for sportswomen as it gives them new recognition. All of them are close to me because most are Jats and some of them have told me that I, only 20, am an inspirational icon for them because of the traditional mindset about girls and the khaps that treat women as inferior.advertisementSportswomen have been able to stand up to such attitudes because of the support of their parents and in some cases of their employers – the Haryana Police. They are given jobs and are being taken care of better than at any time in the past. Cash awards are flowing in too when they become medal winners. Men are domineering in rural Haryana and that shows in sport too.That Haryanvi women are in the spotlight for their excellent performance and have brought many medals to the state should make a difference. Isn’t it great that Krishna Poonia and not a man is at the centre of a ‘revenge match’ with an Australian? This incident speaks volumes of our growing prowess as a sporting nation and should encourage girls in the country.She is lucky to have such a supportive coach in her husband. An international challenge of this kind is exceptional but it may well be the beginning. Parents have to be more mature and open-minded. My uncles and other relatives are against encouraging girls in every aspect and that includes sports. I hardly interact with them.My parents are more open. They back me all the way. In the early days, my father Harvir Singh used to take me to the training centre on a scooter every morning. They have also accepted my sister getting married to someone of her choice. Parents too have to make several sacrifices in bringing up a sports child whose busiest hours are in the morning and evening. It can be a struggle for them too, for want of resourcesIf there is greater parental support, more girls can improve their lives. But they too will have to assert themselves and fight for their rights. We can make a beginning by seeking more opportunities in sports. There are many who encourage that. The media must play a more active role. Repeat telecasts of successful performances of not just the gold medallists but other winners will enthuse youngsters.There is also a need for greater sponsorship and it will come with consistent performance. My strong wish is that racquet sports become popular in Haryana as these offer longer sporting career opportunities than the contact sports which are popular there. It will also contribute to enhancing the status of women. The state can make a beginning by opening an academy for badminton and tennis.I am focusing on sports because it offers early opportunities for those who work hard. It calls for nine or 10 hours of gruelling training every day. Being skinny may be fashionable but it is important to eat the right kind of food to be strong and, as far as possible, not become prone to injuries. We have to be mentally very strong which usually girls are not.advertisementThis also implies giving up formal education. Sports and academics do not always go handin-hand. If someone can manage both, it is terrific. We cannot compare ourselves to powerful women like Serena Williams. We women have to produce a World No. 1 in several sports. That is not impossible. It is just a question of training the mind.Mary Kom has shown us the way with her dedication. If talent is tapped early, at the age of seven or eight, we can produce champion women in their teens and twenties. Many can be from Haryana.last_img read more

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