Bundoran flushes out competition in toilet awareness campaign

first_imgBundoran has been crowned as Ireland’s ‘Think Before You Flush Community Of The Year 2019’.The seaside town was recognised for its efforts to flush out bad loo habits to prevent sewer blockages.The award follows the seaside town being announced late last year as Donegal’s first Think Before You Flush community and becoming the 14th overall community in Ireland to adapt the initiative.  Elizabeth McIntyre, Diarmaid Doherty, Shane Smyth, Cllr Micheal McMahon, Gina Witherow & Aine McIntyre celebrating Bundoran’s awardThe initiative which was a collaboration between Bundoran Tidy Towns and Discover Bundoran was officially launched on World Water Day March 22nd this year and received the unanimous backing of many of the accommodation providers in the town, as well as a number of other businesses to encourage customers and guests to only flush toilet paper down the toilet.Thousands of tent cards and posters were distributed throughout the town to ensure that the message got out at the time and continues to be implemented.Cllr Micheal McMahon collects the award on behalf of the town at last week’s ceremony  An estimated 4,600 blockages occurred across Ireland last year due to inappropriate items being flushed down toilets. Every day people flush thousands of items such as wet wipes, cotton bud sticks, nappies and cotton wool pads down the toilet instead of putting them in a bin. Flushing these items can have a negative impact on internal plumbing in homes and businesses, the wastewater network and our marine environment.Receiving the award on behalf of the town, Councillor Micheal McMahon paid tribute to the businesses in Bundoran who strongly supported “Think Before You Flush” – he said ‘a huge thanks must go to all of the businesses in Bundoran who backed this campaign. It may seem small but flushing other objects down the toilet causes massive issues in pipes and ultimately at the pumping station which then cannot work to its full capacity.‘We would continue to encourage private householders and visitors to only flush toilet paper down the toilet and to dispose of items like nappies, cigarette butts, medicines, baby wipes, sanitary pads etc in a responsible way and not down the toilet.’Bundoran flushes out competition in toilet awareness campaign was last modified: December 9th, 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)last_img read more

Why Uber, Not HP, Is The Future Of Technology

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair While HP’s bleak outlook gets the biggest headline, up in the far right is a reminder of just how well the new breed of “technology vendors” is doing. Uber, chasing a potential venture capital round of $500 million and a valuation of $12 billion, isn’t a technology company, though its legal name is Uber Technologies Inc. It provides a service that matches available drivers to people in need of a ride. Yes, that service depends upon Node.js, Python and a range of other open-source software, but few would classify Uber as a technology company, at least not one in the same vein as an HP or SAP.After all, Uber doesn’t sell technology. It sells a technology-based service.The same is true of many other companies that depend heavily on technology but aren’t “technology companies,” per se. Google (advertising), Facebook (social networking), Amazon (um, everything), Netflix (entertainment) and many others all point to a trend captured three years ago by Marc Andreessen: Software is eating the world.As Andreessen wrote: More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services—from movies to agriculture to national defense. Many of the winners are Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurial technology companies that are invading and overturning established industry structures. Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.Over time, it is likely that Uber will get bigger headlines than HP as technology-fueled services become the norm for an industry that has depended for too long on cumbersome licensing strategies and expensive maintenance contracts.Does Software Stand A Chance?Are software companies doomed? Mostly, yes. While large enterprises persist in wanting to install and run software in data centers behind their firewalls, approximately none of them love the current enterprise sales model that has them dickering over massive discounts on overpriced license and maintenance contracts.So a new breed of software vendor is rising.While more software will move to a software-as-a-service model, both on the infrastructure (Amazon Web Services) and application (Salesforce.com) side, there will also remain companies like Red Hat. Red Hat now makes more than $1 billion each year selling services around Linux, JBoss middleware and more. Red Hat doesn’t sell software. It never has. Instead Red Hat gives away its software—all of it—under an open-source license. It makes money by selling an update service (Red Hat Network) that keeps the software patched and production ready, as well as support and ongoing certification of a host of third-party software that runs on or with its software. In the wake of the Big Data movement, we’re seeing vendors like Cloudera and Hortonworks achieve serious scale, growing up to challenge their more traditional peers.But even they aren’t the biggest winners.Every Company A Technology CompanyUltimately, as Cowen & Co. analyst Peter Goldmacher posits, the greatest financial beneficiaries of software aren’t those selling software at all, or even those selling SaaS offerings based on underlying open-source components. At least in the Big Data world, he argues, the biggest winners are those companies that have the necessary technical talent to use software to channel the value of data. At Uber, this means doing “crazy math and science” to connect drivers with riders and establish estimated pick-up times. At old-school retailer Sears, it means leveraging new-school Hadoop to deliver personalized coupons and other marketing collateral to drive sales. And for your company it will undoubtedly involve other foundational technologies, much of it open source for reasons expressed by Zohar Melamed in his Open Business Conference keynote earlier this month: Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#Credit Suisse#enterprise software#HP#Marc Andreessen#Open Source#Peter Cowen#Uber Matt Asay Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img It hasn’t been a good week for HP. On the back of lower-than-expected earnings, the tech titan also announced it would cut between 11,000 and 16,000 employees. Sadly, HP is in good (or bad, if you wish) company. Oracle has missed estimates more often than it has hit them the past few years, most recently missing third-quarter earnings. IBM, for its part, hit earnings but missed its revenue targets. Again.Clearly, the legacy IT vendors are struggling. But just as clearly, technological innovation is not. It’s just being developed and deployed in ways that challenge the very foundation of yesterday’s technology businesses.Today’s Software Isn’t Licensed—It’s DrivenTo get a sense for what I’m talking about, take a look at a recent edition of The Wall Street Journal: None of this bodes well for the technology incumbents, of course, but it bodes very well for the future of the software industry. It will become increasingly difficult to categorize and far more potent. That’s a trade-off worth making.Lead image by Flickr user Ken Funakoshi, CC 2.0 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Nargis raps Neetu over bikini shoot

first_imgNargis, who was last seen in the Akshay Kumar and John Abraham-starrer Garam Masala, says she would never wear something that makes her family uncomfortable.Taking a dig at her Garam Masala co-star Neetu Chandra ” who was recently in news for a hot bikini shoot ” Nargis says sporting a bikini is out of question for her.The actress goes on to say she has, in fact, missed out on “a whole lot of films” because she refused to do things which were ethically unacceptable to her.Is that the reason she has done a single film ” Pranali ” since her debut three years ago in Garam Masala? Talking about her career, Nargis says her third film, Morning Walk, is scheduled for release on July 10.The actress, however, says she is happy about the fact that Neetu went on to become a better known face and also tried the bikini.”I am really happy for her. She is a great person and actor and we have been good friends,” she says. “( But) the bikini is out of limits for me. I even refused to wear a bikini in Morning Walk , though the director had asked me to,” she adds.Courtesy: Mail Todaylast_img read more