Car park renamed in memory of much-loved Letterkenny teacher


first_imgThe family and friends of the late Hugh Duffy came together with the elected members of Letterkenny Municipal District last Friday afternoon to mark the official opening of a car park named after a popular local man.The car park which is known locally as the ‘Old Mart Car Park’ was renamed to honour one of Letterkenny’s most well known residents – the late Hugh Duffy.Hugh Duffy, who passed away in December 2014 aged 85 years old, lived in nearby College Row where his wife Elaine still lives.  He was a native of Galway and came to work in St. Eunan’s College where he taught Latin and History.  He took a great interest in the ongoing development of Letterkenny and played an active part in keeping the site in Council ownership. Cllr Ian McGarvey, Cathaoirleach of Letterkenny MD, officially opening the Hugh Duffy Car Park, along side Elaine Duffy, wife of the late Hugh Duffy and their children Jarlath, Nicola, Paula and John. Also in attendance were Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Cllr Michael McBride, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh.A motion was passed by the Members of the Letterkenny MD in October 2018 to name the car park in his memory.Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr Ian McGarvey officially opened the car park and unveiled a plaque in Mr Duffy’s memory.Speaking at the official opening, Cllr. Ian McGarvey said that “it is a fitting tribute to name this car park in honour of the late Mr. Duffy and I am delighted that his wife Elaine is with us today to share this special occasion.”Mrs Elaine Duffy, wife of the late Hugh Duffy, pictured at the official opening of the Hugh Duffy Car Park on Friday evening last.Cllr McGarvey added: “Mr. Duffy made Letterkenny his home and contributed so much to life in the town from being a teacher in St. Eunan’s College to his work in the community, Mr. Duffy like so many other people in Letterkenny, gave his time and effort generously for the betterment of others and I am delighted to be here today as Mayor of Letterkenny to honour Mr. Duffy in this way.” The former Old Mart Car Park is renamed to ‘Hugh Duffy Car Park’Car park renamed in memory of much-loved Letterkenny teacher was last modified: April 29th, 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:hugh duffy car parkletterkennyold mart car parklast_img read more

Google Buzz API: They Built It, But Will Developers Come?


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img chris cameron When Google Buzz launched back in February of this year, it was initially met with intrigue which soon turned to concern as users became wary of the privacy concerns of mixing their email contacts with their social stream. Today at Google I/O, the Big G is hoping to take Buzz to the next level by introducing an application programming interface (API) which will allow third-party app developers to build native Buzz apps or integrate it with existing services.Twitter saw its use skyrocket with the introduction of a public API, and Google Buzz could see similar growth with its integration into popular web apps and services. Google accrued an impressive list of beta testers before announcing the API, including TweetDeck, Seesmic, Ping.fm, Plancast and Boxee. Fans of Buzz will soon be able to access their streams as easily as they do Twitter feeds, and will be able to post information directly to Buzz from web services that use the API. Google is taking the earlier privacy concerns surrounding Buzz to heart with their API releases today, making sure to note the control users will have over which applications can access which data. When an application wants to access the Buzz API, users will be taken to a page where they can determine which level of access they want to grant the app.The Google Code Blog outlined the features the API currently supports today, including “support for fetching public per-user activity feeds, fetching authorized and authenticated per-user activity feeds, […] searching over public updates, […] posting new updates, […] posting comments, liking updates, retrieving and updating profiles and social graphs, and more.”Will a Buzz API give the service a much-needed shot in the arm and help ease its earlier privacy concerns? Only time will tell, but it seems like an open invitation to develop third-party applications is a wise and logical next step. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Developers Discover That People Like to Walk


first_imgDevelopers Replace Golf Courses with Hiking TrailsDriving LessGreen Neighborhood in North CarolinaGreen Building Priority #4 — Reduce the Need for Driving A national poll two years ago among 3,000 adults showed that home buyers favor developments that make it easy to walk to stores, restaurants, and other community gathering spots. Residential developers have apparently taken note. An article posted at Construction Dive says that developers of master planned communities are increasingly likely to include more opportunities for walking, and they’re getting an especially positive response from Millennials — buyers in the 18-to-34 age bracket.Adam Drucker, managing director at real estate consultant RCLCO, said that residential developments of a generation ago often had no dedicated walking paths, and sometimes no sidewalks at all. But in the last 10 years, developers have started to favor networks of walking trails over more conventional community amenities like golf courses.“People want to engage with other people outside of their cars,” Drucker said. “Master planned communities (MPCs) are really focusing on providing walking opportunities and they’re getting good results… [Walkability] definitely isn’t a trend. This is now a permanent part of development.” Planned communities respondDevelopments such as the 7,200-acre Walsh community in Fort Worth, Texas, put a premium on open spaces, parks, and trails that connect different parts of the community, Construction Dive said. Residents of the first Walsh neighborhood, now underway, are within five minutes of a park or open space.Jake Wagner, co-CEO of the developer, Republic Property Group, said the appeal of walkways that connect neighborhoods is that they can be used by everyone who lives there, unlike other amenities that might be of interest to smaller groups of people.“Walking pathways are the backbone of the community because they connect homes and amenities,” he said.Municipalities also are doing more to become pedestrian-friendly. In Olympia, Washington, for example, sidewalks and planter strips are now required on every street. The city’s senior planner, Sophie Stimson, said, “Walking is a priority here.” A 2009 report from CEOs for Cities, “Walking the Walk,” said that houses located in walkable neighborhoods were worth more than similar houses in areas where walking was more difficult. “Above average” levels of walkability added a price premium of $4,000 to $34,000 over houses with “average” walkability in a typical metro area. Millennials show the most interest. The poll by the National Association of Realtors found that age group preferred walking over driving by 12 percentage points, a wider margin than any other generation. Millennials said that they wanted to live within walking distance of shops and restaurants, favored a short commute, and were most likely to use public transportation.Among all respondents, 77% said that being within an easy walk of community features like shops and parks was either very important or somewhat important (only 7% said that was not at all important); 85% said having sidewalks and places to take walks were very important or somewhat important. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Amit Shah reviews preparations for cyclone Vayu


first_imgHome Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday reviewed the preparations for cyclone Vayu which is expected to make a landfall in Gujarat and directed officials to ensure all possible steps for safety of people, officials said. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has pre-positioned 26 teams, comprising about 45 personnel each, and the rescuers are equipped with boats, tree-cutters and telecom equipment. The NDRF is also moving another 10 teams as requested by the Gujarat government. After review, the Home minister directed the senior officials to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated. He also told them to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as power, telecommunications, health, drinking water and their immediate restoration in the event of damages caused to them, a Home Ministry official said. The Ministry is in continuous touch with the State governments and Union territories including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Daman and Diu, which may be affected due to the cyclone. The Indian Coast Guard, the Navy, Army and Air Force units have been put on standby and surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out aerial surveillance, the official said.Mr. Shah also gave instruction for round-the-clock functioning of control rooms. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that cyclone ‘Vayu’ is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region as a severe cyclonic storm with wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of June 13, another official said. It is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat with storm surge with a height of about 1.0-1.5m above the astronomical tides likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall. The IMD has been issuing regular bulletins since April 9 to all the States concerned. The meeting was attended by Union Home Secretary, Secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences and senior officers of the IMD and the MHA. Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha has also convened a meeting of National Crisis Management Committee later in the day to review the preparedness of States and Central agencies, the official said. Chief secretary of Gujarat and advisor to administrator of Diu are scheduled to attend the meeting.last_img read more

COSCO Shipping to Sell OOIL Shares to Restore Public Float


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license COSCO Shipping Holdings Co revealed plans to sell up to 15.1 pct of the total issued share capital of Orient Overseas International Lines (OOIL).COSCO said that the sale plan will only take place in the event the public float of OOIL falls below 25 pct as required under listing rules and to the extent that would restore public float.The Chinese major plans to sell up to 94,494,789 OOIL shares at the sale price of HKD 78.6, bringing the total value of the sale to HKD 7.43 billion (USD 947 million).The announcement is being made following approval from the Chinese anti-trust body for COSCO’s USD 6.3 billion takeover of OOIL at the end of June.The approval came in the nick of time to enable COSCO to meet its previously set date for the completion of the acquisition, which was scheduled for the end of June.Once the merger is completed, COSCO would hold 90.1% of OOIL, thus becoming the world’s third-largest container carrier. COSCO would have a combined fleet of 400 vessels, with capacity exceeding 2.9 million TEUs including orderbook.last_img read more