Previous articleLimerick soldiers to be pardonedNext articleSouthhill benefit Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Facebook #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Print Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch WhatsApp TAGSclimbersMilfordMusic Limerick Twitter Advertisement A GROUP of Limerick climbers will scale the highest peaks in each province of Ireland in just 48 hours to raise money for the Milford Hospice.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Don Caulfield (30) from Pallaskenry was inspired to do the challenge after his aunt Pauline Keyes died of cancer in November.The group, whose collective journey will be over 800 miles in just two days, will climb a total of 3,626 metres taking in Mweelrea in Mayo, Slieve Donard in Down, Lugnaquilla in Wicklow and Carrauntoohill in Kerry.Don, a youth worker in Moyross, said the Milford Care Centre were amazing with Pauline. “She died two days after her 40th birthday after just eight weeks of aggressive cancer. Milford couldn’t have been better. They even organisied a birthday celebration for her and were so accommodating when it came to visitors,” he said.The group will climb to the summits on Saturday and Sunday May 18 and 19. To donate see www.mycharity.ie/event/peaksforpauline/ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harvest Fair cancellation puts pressure on care centre #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy NewsLimerick climbers to scale four peaks for PaulineBy Guest Writer – May 9, 2013 862 Linkedin Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday
We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that the Ford Center had a capacity crowd of over 10,500 paying customers for an NCAA basketball game on Saturday night for the championship of the Ohio Valley Conference?…the winning team was the Murray State Racers that took the first automatic entry to March Madness 2019 over Belmont to finish their regular season with a record of 27 wins and 4 losses?… Murray State has a large local fan base and enjoys a very gifted player that is expected to be chosen in the top 3 of the NBA draft?…the semifinal game with Murray against Jacksonville drew over 8,500 fans to downtown Evansville?…this proves that a winning team with a shot at the NCAA tournament can draw fans to Ford Center and that lesson should not be lost for the University of Evansville Purple Aces who once drew capacity crowds to Roberts Stadium?…the Aces have no reason not to expect seasons with 25 wins and when they do the crowds will follow? ..the City-County Observer has always stated that a winning record will bring more to fans to the Ford Center?IS IT TRUE the other games in the Ohio Valley Conference did not fare so well at the box office drawing only between 400 and 900 fans per game?…that is because there is no fan base locally for the other teams and Murray States women’s team was eliminated early?…these lessons should be learned and we do congratulate the Evansville Sports Corporation creating two nights of exceptional basketball at the Ford Center?IS IT TRUE that some legislators just stand out? …there are times that our local legislators deserve a big “thank you” and sometimes we fail to acknowledge them? …the City-County Observer would like to thank Senators Jim Tomes and Vaneta Becker for standing up and speaking against the “Sports Book” gaming bill that was just passed by the State Senate? …we totally agree with them that this legislation discriminates against the taxpayers of Evansville? …posted below is a link to this bill:Indiana Senate passes ‘major expansion’ of gaming allowing Terre Haute casino, sports bettingIS IT TRUE last week an overflow crowd attended the “Meet Your Legislators” meeting and only two (2) legislators attended this important community event? …we want to thank State Senators, Vaneta Becker and Jim Tomes for attending this important governmental meeting? …it’s obvious that Senators Becker and Tomes realizes the importance of having direct and open communications with the people they represent? …since this meeting was planned many months in advance one would expect that the majority of our State Legislators would have made advance plans to attend this extremely important public forum? …we are told that at least one (1) State Representative couldn’t attend this gathering because of a funeral and another one went on vacation? …that the remaining members of this group went to a breakfast meeting in Posey County?IS IT TRUE we are told that the University of Evansville is attempting to get the State of Indiana to drop the zoning restrictions on property they own at Lloyd near Stockwell Road next to Wesselman Woods? …we are told that University wants to build a new health center in that area and the rezoning of this property is important to those plans? …people that oppose the rezoning of this property feel that if this legislation is passed it would encroach on the pristine and valuable Wesselman nature preserve?IS IT TRUE we congratulate State Senators Vaneta Becker and Jim Tomes for strongly opposing the “Payday Lending” bill? …we are pleased that Senators that Tomes and Becker also had harsh words when they voted against this ill-advised Senate-approved bill? …It passed the Senate 26-23 and now is before the House. …attached below is the link of the ‘Payday Lending ” bill that we urge you to read? An effort to legalize ‘loan shark’ rates could bring a new breed of a lender to IndianaIS IT TRUE last year that the Evansville DMD leased a dilapidated, vacant block building to the Davita Dialysis Center? …right after the Davita Dialysis Center signed a lease with the Evansville DMD for a nominal monthly payment someone started to do extensive and expensive renovations on this building? … last week we couldn’t officially verify who paid for the extensive and expensive renovations of this property? …it’s now alleged that the costs of renovation ($350,000 t0 $400,000) of this building were paid by the Evansville DMD? …we have attached a link from the Vanderburgh County Assessor concerning the sales transactions and old and new appraisals of this building? …we look forward to getting your take on this entire transaction? http://vanderburghassessor.org/Default.aspx?PID=82-06-20-026-091.008-029IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville made a dubious list compiled by the National Council for Home Safety and Security and the results are not flattering?… Evansville ranked at number 40 in the Top 100 nationally for the most dangerous large cities in America?… Evansville also checked in at number 45 in large cities with the highest increase in violent crime and number 38 in large cities averaged violent crime rate increase in violent crime?…as far as the most dangerous cities list is concerned, Evansville got the worst score in the State of Indiana including Indianapolis that came in at number 41?…South Bend came in at number 49 to round out the Hoosier cities that made this Hall of Shame?… Gary, Indiana which has been a perennial leader on the violent crime list did not make this list as Gary has gotten so bad that there has been an exodus large enough to remove them from the list of large cities?…the most dangerous on the list was Springfield, Missouri that is known as a center for meth as Evansville was several years ago?…to put things into perspective that longtime violent drip hole called St. Louis came in at number 99?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Are you disappointed that not one City Council member made a request to the City Controller to give them a detailed financial accounting of the Evansville Thunderbolts?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. 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Cerniglia brings more than 25 years of financial experience when she joins Hillenbrand, Inc. in August.Hillenbrand, Inc. announced Monday that Kristina A. Cerniglia will be joining the company as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She will report directly to Joe Raver, President and Chief Executive Officer. Raver had launched a global search to fill the position following the planned resignation of the company’s previous CFO. Cerniglia will start with the Company in early August.“Kristina’s deep industrial experience and insight will be a tremendous asset to our company as we work to grow both organically and through acquisitions,” said Raver. “As we continue to transform Hillenbrand into a global diversified industrial company, it is vital that we attract leaders with relevant experience and a proven track record of success in the industrial equipment space.”As the CFO, Cerniglia will lead the company’s finance organization, overseeing financial planning and analysis, reporting, tax, treasury, investor relations and internal audit. Cerniglia will also play a critical role in shaping Hillenbrand’s strategy as well as leading the company’s engagement with investors and analysts.Cerniglia has more than 25 years of financial experience, most recently serving as Vice President, Corporate Controller at Stanley Black & Decker, an $11 billion diversified global provider of power and hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic monitoring systems. She brings specific expertise in global financial management, financial reporting, and acquisition integration. Prior to Stanley Black & Decker, Cerniglia spent nine years at United Technologies Corporation in various financial roles of increasing responsibility.“We were diligent in our search for a candidate who fits with our long-term strategic vision and would help us achieve our goals,” said Raver. “Kristina brings a wealth of industrial manufacturing experience to the CFO position that we will utilize to drive additional value throughout the enterprise.”Don Allan, SVP and CFO of Stanley Black & Decker issued a statement regarding Cerniglia joining Hillenbrand:“I am proud to see Kristina join a vibrant, growing company with an impressive legacy like Hillenbrand as their Chief Financial Officer. Kristina has created significant value at Stanley Black & Decker over the past 17 years and I believe she will continue her track record as an excellent leader and business partner at Hillenbrand. We wish her the best in this new career opportunity.”
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew insists his club has no intention of selling its best players.Chelsea have been linked with the likes of Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and goalkeeper Tim Krul, but the Magpies boss believes all three will stay at St James’ Park.“I think anyone who looks at this football club will know we are difficult sellers,” he said.“Someone is going to have to pay a lot of money to take one of our players away – especially considering where we are right now, and that we’re having success.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Levi Cox Cooley took off on a 67-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter and Del Norte didn’t look back, pulling away from visiting Fortuna for a 29-13 victory Friday night at Mike Weiland field in Crescent City.Cox Cooley’s touchdown served as a measure of redemption for the junior. In the first quarter Cox Cooley ended a 60-yard run — one which may have ended with an endzone celebration — with a fumble fortuitously scooped up by Fortuna.It was one of four total turnovers …
Betting on steady growth ahead, the New Hampshire firm has expanded its line of prefabricated building components to include wall, roof, and floor panels intended for Passive House buildings. Bensonwood launched the PHlex brand as an outgrowth of its 9-month-old Tektoniks line as it sensed rising interest in buildings that can meet the strict energy and airtightness requirements of Passive House certification. The company was founded by Tedd Benson in 1973 to help revive the craft of timber framing. It’s since branched into a line of prefabricated single-family houses called Unity, and runs a custom design and construction firm. With the introduction of PHlex, Bensonwood joins a growing number of companies that see increasing consumer demand for high-performance houses assembled from factory-made components.RELATED ARTICLESPassive House Building in the Digital AgeFactories Gear Up for Passive House BuildingBringing Passive House to Production BuildingPrefab Passive House Partnership Hits a MilestoneUnity Homes Combines Prefab with Energy Efficiency “Since Passive House has finally started to gain traction in the mainstream, we thought that we have a lot of things figured out in our system that dovetailed very nicely with Passive House requirements, specifically in terms of airtightness,” Bensonwood Chief Operating Officer Hans Porschitz said in a telephone call. Tektoniks is the production line building system developed by Bensonwood that can be used in Bensonwood and Unity homes. Components also can be bought by outside firms that need the high-performance building parts but not the design services that Bensonwood has to offer. The availability of airtight building parts that arrive on the job site insulated and fitted with windows helps fill a void in the industry, Porschitz said. “There are a lot of architects and Passive House consultants who can design Passive House buildings, but they sometimes run into challenges when it comes to execution,” he said. “There’s not a high level, a broad base, of Passive House builders out there. They’re growing but they’re not quite there yet.” How the panels are made The exact makeup of the panels varies depending on the climate zone where the house will be built. The amount of insulation needed in Maine is obviously far different than what a designer would want in South Carolina, so the thickness of wall and roof panels would differ accordingly. A typical wall panel would start, on the inside, with a service cavity that may or may not be insulated, then an airtight layer of 7/16-inch oriented strand board (OSB), and then a structural framed wall of I-joists or sawn lumber. The exterior sheathing might be OSB — typically, Huber’s Zip System OSB — or a continuous layer of wood fiber insulation, depending on need. Cavity insulation is dense-packed cellulose. Porschitz acknowledged that there are some doubts in the industry that OSB can make a reliable air barrier. But, he said, Bensonwood has a source of good quality OSB, and blower door tests show the components can easily hit airtightness requirements for Passive House building. Bensonwood’s production facility in Keene, New Hampshire, uses sophisticated equipment from the more developed European panel market, including a computer-controlled cutting station for framing and a robot that picks up and delivers building materials where they are needed. (See the photos in the gallery above.) Once the panels roll off the production line, they can be shipped to the job site for assembly. As other high-performance panelizers also argue, using factory-produced components drastically reduces room for error on site. Crews that put the houses together mostly have to focus on the intersections between panels — where the roof meets the walls, for example, or where walls come together at a corner. Buildings can be dried in very quickly, and there is virtually no waste generated at the site. On the Bensonwood or Unity side of the business, the company typically sends a least a couple of people to the site to oversee assembly of the building. But Porschitz sees a future where Bensonwood customers are doing more of that work. “We want to get away from where we have to be involved in every aspect,” he said. “We are in a transition phase from having our own crews to ultimately having partner builders who are certified and trained to install these enclosure systems without a direct advisor from us on site.” How much do these buildings cost? Production-line efficiencies are aimed at delivering high-performance houses at progressively lower prices. But as other manufacturers also have found, building to the Passive House standard on a state-of-the-art production line isn’t necessarily cheap. How expensive? That’s hard to say, because the cost depends so heavily on the climate-driven specs for the building, as well as the distance the components must be shipped. The vagaries make it complicated for buyers and builders who are used to thinking about the cost per square foot, not the cost of the components themselves. “The price per square foot of living space is a very gooey metric,” he said. “We’re trying to get away from that.” Instead, Porschitz said, the object is to come up with a flat rate for a particular wall or roof section, depending on the required R-value, as the component sits on a truck in the company’s yard. Change is coming to a hidebound industry Building houses from prefabricated parts is more common in parts of Europe than it is in the U.S., but a number of design/build firms are adopting production-line techniques in an effort to boost the quality and availability of high-performance houses. Among them are smaller firms such as Phoenix Haus, Ecocor, and GO Logic, as well as a few larger companies, like Katerra. All of them are looking to change the way people shop for and buy new homes, while prying the building industry out of its 19th-century mindset. Porschitz said that increased media attention to the Passive House standard, a growth in conference attendance, and more inquiries from potential buyers helped convince Bensonwood of the opportunities for growth in that part of the market. “In the past,” he said, “Passive House was like a buzzword that people picked up on a fancy website but they didn’t quite know what they were talking about. What we’ve found is more and more professionals are getting certified with that level of expertise and knowledge, and that tells us that more and more want to put it into their buildings.” Porschitz, who with a colleague went through Passive House training at the Yestermorrow school in Vermont earlier in the year, thinks that smaller companies may have the edge as prefabrication takes hold. Larger firms have the financial backing to advance to the next level of technology, but they may be managed by executives who come from other industries. “What they’re lacking is the knowledge about the product,” he said. “They’re not carpenters.” Bensonwood is still a relatively small company, with $20 million to $30 million in annual sales and still overseen by its founder and his wife. “Tedd has always been fascinated with Passive House,” he said. “We’ve been eyeing it. Well-insulated enclosure systems have always been a big part of what we did as a company. It has always been on our radar.”
Web and mobile apps are now a dime a dozen as more ventures join the rush to roll out the next killer app. According to AppBrain, there are nearly 2.8 million apps on the Android market to date. Search for a particular interest or functionality and there is likely a dozen or so web and mobile apps that would pop up. The volume and pace of app creation lead to a sizable percentage of poorly developed apps that almost a quarter of users abandon them after first use.What is worse, these bad apps can leave users exposed. A study by Codified Security found that 40 percent of published apps leave vulnerable backdoors that can be exploited by attackers. These vulnerabilities can leave user data exposed or allow malicious actors to gain access to computers and servers used in testing and development.Related: How Do Google, Apple and Others Stack Up When It Comes to Protecting Your Privacy?The competitive nature of the industry demands ventures to ship software quickly. However, shoddy coding and careless testing can leave the venture and its users exposed to cyberattack risks with potentially disastrous ends. The issue becomes even more pressing as new technology trends such as the wider adoption of financial technology and internet of things (IoT) devices is set to bring forth a new wave of apps and services.Security must be at the center of all tech startup activities.1. Threats are rampant.2016 had no shortage of high profile cyberattacks that involved large tech companies, internet infrastructure providers, banks and government institutions. But, for every big name company, there were numerous other smaller organizations that also suffered attacks. Among the top threats that persist today are ransomware, distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) and data breaches. Ransomware are consistently identified by security firms such as Kaspersky as top threats to organizations. Ransomware are malware that encrypt a computer or network’s files. Attackers then demand ransom from victims in exchange for a chance of getting their files back. DDoS attacks seek to deny access to a website or service by overwhelming its server with traffic. The biggest DDoS attack on record happened last year when DNS provider Dyn was hit. The outage also affected popular sites and apps that were under Dyn’s network such as Netflix, Spotify and The New York Times. Among these attacks, data breaches pose the real threat to end users. Stolen confidential information are commonly shopped around to criminal entities in the dark web. Data containing personal, financial or proprietary information can return a profit when sold in the black market. Sites and apps that store customer information are prime targets for such attacks.Related: We Scored High on This Cybersecurity Quiz. How About You?2. Getting attacked is costly.Any form of downtime or disruption is costly for any business. Network security solution Incapsula estimates the cost of downtime caused by DDoS attacks to an ecommerce site to average $40,000 per hour. Other attackers also perform DDoS attacks for ransom knowing that companies may be willing to pay in order to avoid the costs of downtime.An IBM and Ponemon Institute study says that each stolen record costs the company $158 each in damages. Getting hit by a data breach can heavily impact a company’s valuation as well. The sale price of Yahoo! has dwindled since its disclosure of past massive data breaches. Verizon asked for a $3$350 million discount after the data breaches were publicized.As for ransomware, while attackers may only ask for $722 on average, getting locked out critical files can be catastrophic for organizations that do not have backup systems in place. There is no assurance access will be restored even if the ransom gets paid. Beyond the outright financial impact, businesses also risk loss of customer trust and reputation when hit by cyberattacks. For a startup, such fallout can sink the whole venture before it even gets off the ground.Related: The Worst Hacks of 2017 — So Far3. Tech startups should have higher standards.Businesses get exposed due to a variety of reasons. Non-tech startups are especially vulnerable. Often without dedicated personnel to oversee the proper use of IT resources, it is common for computers and networks to be left unsecure. Lack of training on fundamental IT security practices also leave staff vulnerable to social engineering attacks such as phishing which in turn pave the way for more serious attacks.Tech companies should know better. If they intend to market themselves as experts with superior products, they should be making security a critical part of their work. A good portion of tech startups effort is involved in product development so ensuring that their software is secure is vital.Mirai, the malware responsible for a number of massive DDoS attacks last year, exploits unsecure IoT devices and use them to carry out attacks. Many of these devices, which include IP cameras and network devices, were poorly designed and lacked security features that could have prevented Mirai infections. Leaving out security in the product design and making product development shortcuts can have serious consequences.The Codified Security also revealed that the app vulnerabilities are often due to careless coding. Developers may leave out information in their published code such as server credentials. As some apps use the same server instances when they go live, access to those servers can ultimately compromise all server data which, by that time, may already include customer information.Related: 4 Easy Ways to Protect Your Company From a CyberattackMaking security a prioritySo how can tech startups mitigate these risks?For developers, security should be a fundamental consideration in the software design. Code should be vigilantly reviewed in order to track vulnerabilities which can be exploited. It is critical to subject all software to intensive QA. Testing and should not be skipped in favor of accelerating shipping or launch dates. Organizations should perform security audits to identify vulnerabilities in their operations. Educating staff regarding the best practices ensure that IT resources are used in a secure manner and that no company or customer data get compromised. Tech ventures should also be implementing security measures to cover other business activities especially those that involve customer data such as sales and marketing.Customer information should be held in the strictest confidence. Startups owe it to their customers to safeguard the privacy and security of those who entrusted the company with their business. 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now April 7, 2017 Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.