Brick used to smash van outside owner’s home in Letterkenny

first_imgAn investigation is underway after a van was badly damaged while parked outside the owner’s home in Letterkenny.The incident happened during the night of Tuesday the 18th of June at The Glebe, Ramelton Road.A brick was thrown at the van, which resulted in the windscreen being smashed.  Gardaí are appealing for information in relation to the criminal damage incident. If anyone has any information or was in the area between the 18th of June at 11.50 pm and the 19th of June at 00.30 am. then contact Gardaí on 074-9167100 or on 1800 666 111.Brick used to smash van outside owner’s home in Letterkenny was last modified: June 27th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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

What the Pact on HFCs Will Mean for Builders

first_imgThe agreement earlier this month among 170 countries to phase in strict limits on the use of a common type of refrigerant will mean changes to many products used by residential builders, including foam insulation and heating and cooling equipment, but consumers probably won’t be seeing wholesale changes for a number of years.The accord reached in Kigali, Rwanda, commits the countries to a gradual phase-down of the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of chemical used as refrigerants and as blowing agents in foam insulation, beginning in 2019.A conversion to environmentally friendlier chemicals has been anticipated for years in the foam insulation industry, and in some cases already is underway, but makers of extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation don’t expect to be weaned off HFCs until 2021. On the heating and cooling side, one major manufacturer doesn’t expect a switch to newer refrigerants for residential equipment such as ductless minisplits for a number of years. The pact is an amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol and will be put into place gradually. The U.S. and the European Union are on a faster timetable than other nations, according to an article posted at The Guardian. In 2019, the U.S. pledges to cut its HFC use to no more than 90% of its baseline (an average from the years 2011 through 2013). By 2024 that drops to 60%, and then to 15% of the baseline by 2036.Unlike the refrigerants they replaced, HFCs don’t damage the ozone layer in our planet’s atmosphere. But they are powerful greenhouse gases with 1,000 times or more the potential of carbon dioxide to trap heat. As the demand for refrigeration and air conditioning has shot up, so has the use of HFCs.In addition to their use as refrigerants, HFCs also are used as blowing agents for extruded polystyrene insulation, a rigid foam common to many high-performance buildings, and in some types of spray polyurethane foam. Their high global warming potential (GWP) has steered some builders away from these products even though they excel as thermal insulation. Friendlier Foam Insulation On the Way, Eventually New Blowing Agent Addresses Climate Impact of Foam InsulationInsulation to Keep Us Warm — Not Warm the PlanetSpray Foam Insulation Is Not a Cure-All The Misleading Numbers Behind the Global Warming Impact of Insulation EPA Warns Against Unapproved Refrigerants in Air ConditionersThe Loophole and the Ozone Hole Refrigerants may be a tougher problemThe phase-down is a bigger deal for makers of air conditioners and heat pumps because components such as valves and compressors often must be altered or even completely redesigned when manufacturers switch from one kind of refrigerant to another.“There definitely will be an impact on refrigeration and air conditioning based on the amendment that was agreed on in Kigali,” Hillbrand said. “When that will happen is less clear.”The EPA, he said, has yet to approve an alternative to the R410a refrigerant used in central air conditioners, ductless minisplits, rooftop AC units, and high-pressure chillers. Alternatives are coming to market, but they’re not here yet.“We are definitely seeing a lot of movement of industry toward a couple of alternatives, but the products that use these refrigerants are still under design, and the safety standards and codes are still in the process of being updated,” Hillbrand said.In the past, the industry has approached conversions by looking for alternatives that are as compatible as possible with current equipment.“That is to say, chemical producers have worked closely with manufacturers of equipment to minimize the equipment redesign that will be required when transitioning to the new refrigerants,” Hillbrand said.“All of the major manufacturers have been supportive of the amendment to the Montreal Protocol,” he continued. “Most manufacturers do need to make some changes, of course, and there is real engineering that has to be done and changes to production and design. But the manufacturers have found time and time again they are left with better products that are more energy efficient and so they have supported these transitions and have continued to do so.” XPS industry hasn’t made the switchDow, Owens Corning, and Kingspan are the major manufacturers of XPS available in the U.S. and none has announced a switch from HFC to HFO blowing agents.When asked about a change, Kingspan sent GBA a two-sentence statement: “Kingspan is fully supportive of the plans to reduce HFC use agreed in the Rwanda Accord. International political agreements like this are crucial if we are to address successfully the threats posed by climate change.” The Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association (XPSA) issued a similar statement.Owens Corning said by email it would comply with regulations in the U.S. and Canada, meaning an end to HFC blowing agents in 2021, but presumably not before, adding, “The Kigali amendment does not affect the timing of the North American regulations or our compliance plans.” The company said it “fully supports” the intent of the Kigali agreement.EPA had originally sought a 2017 phase-out of HFCs in insulation, but the industry said the effective date was unrealistic. In its final rule, the EPA delayed the transition until 2021. Until then, HFCs will remain “acceptable” for use in XPS.In August, XPSA said it supported the phase-down of HFCs, calling it “an important accomplishment for the industry’s stewardship and sustainability objective and a natural step in the ongoing search for better technologies to serve our customers.”But, the association added, blowing agents are “not interchangeable” and that it took the industry 10 years to successfully complete each of the last two conversions from one blowing agent to another.The association says that the refrigeration industry is much bigger player in the debate than insulation. The use of HFCs in foam accounts for only 16% of total HFC production in North America, it said; just 7% of the HFC-134a produced here goes into foam insulation. A “significant” amount of the blowing agent remains in the foam at the end of its service life, with typical in-use emission rates between 0.5% and 1% per year, the association said.Plus, the trade group adds, energy savings resulting from the use of XPS are significant. “For every 1 lb. of C02 equivalent created to make an XPS foam board, 233 lb. of C02 equivalent are saved because of the energy spared throughout the life of the building,” the association said. Deal has broad support A statement issued on October 19 by David Doniger, director of clean air programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Stephen Yurek, CEO and president of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, praised the new pact on HFCs.Because of the growing worldwide demand for air conditioning and refrigeration, they said, HFCs are “the fastest growing of the gases damaging our climate.”“Unlikely as it may seem, this global HFC phase-down has the backing both of leading environmental groups and the industry that makes and uses these chemicals,” they said. “With their support, the Obama administration pushed hard for the Kigali deal to reduce and replace HFCs. Coming after last December’s Paris climate agreement, an HFC pact is the biggest step we can take this year to significantly reduce human impact on the environment.“The HFCs avoided over the next 35 years will amount to the heat-trapping equivalent of 70 billion tons of carbon dioxide,” the statement continued. “That is equal to stopping the entire world’s fossil-fuel carbon dioxide emissions for more than two years.”They said the agreement also will lead to better technology.“Cooperation on HFCs shows that we can still govern — locally and globally — and can solve the challenges of climate change,” they said. “ We all can and must do more to beat the heat and the HFC success story is a victory for common sense and the environment.” RELATED ARTICLES Insulation changes are already underwayA conversion to other chemicals for making insulation is already in the works in both the U.S. and Europe. The most likely replacement looks like hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs). They have a global warming potential of less than 1 and could be used in both spray polyurethane and XPS. Manufacturers still need to solve a few technical issues related to the conversion.Prodded by the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP), U.S. manufacturers already are facing a phase-out of HFCs in the years ahead. Most formulators of spray polyurethane insulation are planning a conversion to HFOs in anticipation of tougher EPA rules, according to one industry insider. Lapolla Industries Inc. already has such a product on the market.“Those that I’ve talked to in the foam industry seem to have this well in hand,” Alexander Hillbrand, a technical analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a telephone interview. “I think we see much more environmentally friendly alternatives on the market. They have better thermal performance by and large. They blow pretty well.“I have not heard any particular response [to the amendment] from the foam side,” he continued. “I haven’t heard of any particular holdups there.”Timing remains a question. The EPA has mandated a transition away from HFCs in XPS insulation by 2021, and Hillbrand said it’s still not completely clear how the Kigali agreement will be implemented.“We are waiting for the State Department’s guidance on how the U.S. can formally become party to the treaty, including this amendment,” Hillbrand said. “Perhaps additional steps need to be taken. We certainly have ratified or at least become a part of all the previous amendments. We have existing Clean Air Act authority to carry out all the control measures that we’ve agreed to under the HFC amendment. But in terms of the formal process we’re still waiting for some guidance on exactly how that will happen.” Mitsubishi sees changes years outMitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, maker of a popular and efficient line of ductless minisplits used for both heating and cooling, said that the industry is hard at work on an alternative to R410a. Exactly when the industry will phase out its use of HFC refrigerants, however, ultimately depends on the EPA.“It’s probably going to be 2023 or 2024 for a changeover, but that’s not even definite,” said Paul Doppel, the senior director of industry and government affairs at Mitsubishi. “Everything is pretty much dependent on the EPA’s SNAP program.”EPA hasn’t hinted it will delist R410a for use in home heating and cooling systems anytime soon, and the agency may target other industries first to meet terms of the Rwanda accord, he said.The global warming potential of R410a is about 2,000, and Mitsubishi expects an interim step will be to develop refrigerant blends of HFCs and possibly some HFOs that get the GWP to no more than 750 before further development takes that value into the single digits. But an outright switch to an HFO refrigerant isn’t in the cards.“Development cycles are long,” Doppel said. “It’s going to take a while. It’s around the corner, but not right around the corner.”When the industry does move away from HFCs, he added, Mitsubishi doesn’t expect the efficiency of its heating and cooling equipment would suffer, and doubts there would be much of an impact on consumer pricing. In fact, an earlier conversion from R22 to R410a helped Mitsubishi introduce its inverter-driven compressors, a technical innovation that improved performance.last_img read more

In a High-Tech World, Do Businesses Overlook the Value of Heritage?

first_imgRelated Posts “Authenticity” has likely been mentioned more than once in any modern company boardroom. And for good reason: A 2017 study from Cohn & Wolfe revealed that 91 percent of consumers reward “authentic” companies for their behavior, purchasing their goods or recommending them to others.But all of the strategizing and positioning that goes on behind the scenes to create an authentic image makes many companies come off as, well, inauthentic. Working hard to find a niche or an angle that makes a specific company appear both appealing and honest simply makes the company look like it’s trying too hard — and that’s a big turnoff for consumers. In fact, a lack of authenticity has been deemed the “fastest way to kill your brand.”What’s a company in today’s economy supposed to do? In a world driven by high tech, many brands have overlooked one of the simplest ways to highlight what’s most authentic about them: their heritage.Using Your Track Record to Your AdvantageThe truth is that consumers view brands’ past successes, failures, behavior, and products as indicators of what’s to come. WIRED and other outlets have argued that things change much more slowly than we perceive them to, so consumers aren’t unreasonable in their “past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior” mindset.This is a good thing for brands that have built a solid track record they can celebrate. One of the benefits of building a strong brand that can withstand the winds of change is that it comes with a built-in and incredibly authentic backstory and history to share. One analysis of Ford, for example, valued the brand at nearly $14 billion, with its heritage component making up around $1.5 billion of the total.Brands that understand the value of heritage have come up with some pretty unique ways to celebrate it. BMW, for example, celebrated its 100th anniversary by introducing new models; Slurpee celebrated its 50th by offering collectible cups and partnering with 7-Eleven to host #BYOCupDay. Others have launched corporate museums to honor their past successes and get consumers excited about future developments.  The value of heritage applies to both established enterprises and growing brands — and playing it up is less complicated than some might think.How Heritage-Driven Brands Get It DoneLee Jeans is one company that ties its heritage to its modern image. The brand, founded in 1889, started as a company designed to help laborers in the Great Plains get work done; its well-known jeans were introduced in 1924 to support farmers, cowboys, and railroad workers.Today, the brand is maintaining its classic styles, combining them with high-grade touches and high-quality materials to make them collector’s pieces. Its Lee 101 collection includes a modern version of its 1952 zip fly composed of Japanese artisan-made selvage dry denim; a fresh take on its 1941 Slim Rider jeans, made of Japanese left-hand twill; and a new rendering of its 1933 cowboy denim jacket, which positions the tarnished brass button next to dark indigo denim and a modern cut. Each item highlights the brand’s heritage while building on it.The brand became known for long-lasting styles made of durable fabric, and it’s shifted to doing the same thing today with different materials. It’s worked, too: According to the NPD Total Measured Market Data, Lee’s men’s denim has outpaced the total market’s men’s denim growth by seven times over the past two years.Tito’s Handmade Vodka has also made an effort to capitalize on its history. The brand’s website offers the story of its founder, Tito Beveridge, underscoring his desire to craft high-quality liquor while utilizing time-tested techniques: “Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at Texas’ oldest legal distillery. We make it in batches, use old-fashioned pot stills, and taste-test every batch.”The growing brand has seen the heritage angle work to its advantage: Tito’s became America’s top-selling spirits brand in 2017, built on a one-year growth of 44 percent that resulted in sales totaling almost $190 million. The independently owned brand’s success — earned without TV advertising — is credited to its “folksy” marketing and brand consistency.Authenticity is the name of the game in today’s business landscape, but brands shouldn’t be jumping through hoops to “create” authentic reputations. Instead, they should be doing something many tech companies aren’t comfortable with: looking to their past and embracing it as they move forward into the future. Authentic reputations are earned, not won, and heritage offers brands an excellent opportunity to prove they’ve earned them. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#authenticity#heritage#longevity#tech companies 8 Key Components to Building a Successful Busin… Simple Branding Is Key for Complex Tech, Says R… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. 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November 8th: 90 day anniversary of The Lost Art of Closing

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Today it is 90 days since I published my second book, The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales.There are 59 reviews on, all of them 5 stars.The book was just included on 800CEOREAD’s list of best sales and marketing books of 2017, alongside Ryan Holiday’s Perennial Bestseller and Scott and Allison Stratton’s Un-branding. I hope we make the short list of one when they publish their final list.All of this is good news, but it’s not the most important news. What’s most important is the impact the book is having on the salespeople and sales organizations who have adopted it as a methodology.They have reported that they are controlling the process, winning at higher rates, getting deals back on track after they’ve gone dark, and forecasting with much greater accuracy.They’re also sending me emails and LinkedIn messages to tell me that The Lost Art of Closing has helped them remove the opportunities from their pipelines where there was really no real commitment to change (Chapter 3).This book is not an observation from an outsider with a penetrating insight, like Dan Pink’s wonderful book To Sell Is Human. Nobody could have captured sales like Dan. That is what makes him remarkable.It’s not a book that was carefully researched like The Challenger Customer, by Brent Adamson and Nick Toman, a book that is required reading if you want to know who you are going to need to become if you are going to succeed in B2B sales.This book is a book by a practitioner for the practitioner. It’s field research, and it’s a field guide. If you want to know what commitments you need to gain to go from target to client, this book will guide you along the path. If you want to know how to have the difficult conversations that allow you and your client to move forward, the sample language you need is provided for you.If you want to pick up the book, go to your local Barnes & Noble. If you want the eBook or the hardcover shipped, go to If you are going to buy the book for your team, go to 800CEOREAD for the very best deal available.In any case, email me your receipt to and I’ll send you the workbook and an invite to the Facebook Mastermind Coaching group that meets each Saturday.last_img read more

10 Sikkim Democratic Front MLAs join BJP

first_imgTen MLAs of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) joined the BJP on Tuesday, making the latter the main Opposition party in the Sikkim, where it failed to win a single seat in the recent Assembly polls. The MLAs joined the BJP in the presence of its national general secretary Ram Madhav, who is in-charge of the party’s affairs in the northeast, and later met party working president J.P. Nadda.Mr. Madhav told reporters that the SDF had a strength of 13 MLAs and its legislature party had decided to merge with the BJP.The BJP is running governments as the main party or in alliance with regional parties in all the northeastern States except Sikkim. With this development, the BJP will become the principal Opposition party in Sikkim.The party won 15 seats while its rival, the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), won 17 in the 32-member Assembly. Since two of the SDF MLAs had won from two seats, they resigned from one seat each, reducing the party’s strength to 13 in the House. The SDF was an NDA ally, but now the SKM has replaced it as a member of the BJP-headed North East Democratic Alliance.The MLAs who joined the BJP include Dorjee Tshering Lepcha, who has served as a Minister thrice in the Chamling government and is a five-term MLA, and three-term MLA Ugen Gyatso.Lone rangerThe SDF tried to put up a brave front saying that people of Sikkim were not used to national parties and one had to wait and watch to see how far this “new experiment” went.The SDF is now left with only one MLA —Mr. Chamling himself. “We are certainly facing the most challenging times,” SDF spokesperson P.D. Rai told The Hindu.(With inputs from Shiv Sahay Singh)last_img read more