SEARCH ON FOR INISHOWEN’S BEST BUSINESS

first_imgRyan StewartWork is underway to find the peninsula’s most successful businesses for the Buncrana Chamber of Commerce Awards 2016.The organising committee is putting the finishing touches to this year’s event and hopes to build on the tremendous success of the inaugural awards ceremony in 2015.Hundreds of local business people, employers and community groups attended last year’s event, which saw SuperValu, Buncrana earn the award for Buncrana Chamber Business of the Year and Inishowen Engineering win the Inishowen Business of the Year award. Nominations will be opening soon for this year’s event and entrants are being sought from past applicants as well as newcomers to celebrate local businesses and their achievements at the awards ceremony on Saturday, November 12 in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana.President of Buncrana Chamber of Commerce, Ryan Stewart said: “We were overwhelmed by the success of last year’s awards and we aim to build on that. The level of participation and the enthusiasm shown by all of the local businesses last year was fantastic. We’re sure the standard of the nominees will be as impressive this time around and give the adjudicators another very tough task in choosing the winners.”“We will be adding a few additional categories this year to reflect the diversity of the types of businesses we have on our doorstep. Our launch event will be happening very shortly to get the nomination process underway. Following the launch, we would encourage our local businesses not to wait to be nominated – to put themselves forward and take the opportunity to showcase what their businesses have achieved.”You can keep up to date with all of the latest information on the awards at the Chamber of Commerce website: www.buncranachamber.com SEARCH ON FOR INISHOWEN’S BEST BUSINESS was last modified: May 23rd, 2016 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:buncranachamber of commercedonegallast_img read more

Intense Debate: A Very Sweet Comment Management Plug-in

first_imgColorado based Intense Debate, the sophisticated blog comment system with the silly name, launched its public beta this morning. There are some definite kinks in the service still, but there’s also quite a lot to take note of. The service offers a powerful combination of ease of use and feature richness; I’m impressed. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This is the kind of option that makes all the difference in user adoption – I will let value from my work accumulate in your service if I know I can get it back out again if I so chose. Thank you Intese Debate! I ask every web app I profile about data export and the vast majority just tell me “oh, we’re working on that.” marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#web OpenID support for leaving comments is fantastic, if a bit clumsy in implementation right now. It’s really difficult for individual bloggers to install OpenID support in their own blogs right now. If Intense Debate can do it for us, that’s great. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Email notification is a global setting. Every blog should let you get an email if your comment has been replied to. With this plug-in, you can automate that on any Intense Debate using blog you comment on.The single most important thing about Intense Debate is its data export options. If you are using the service in WordPress or Blogger (more platforms to be supported later) and you decide you want to stop using Intense Debate, you can export your comments for import into your native blogging software’s comments database. Intense Debate lets users set up good profiles that include easy access to their social networking pages around the web, you can friend or follow comments from particular users, there’s some basic stats available to both comment leavers and publishers and threaded comments are available. It’s got reputation, it’s got lots of RSS, it’s got quite a few widgets (like “top commenters on this blog”) and it integrates with your blog’s CSS. It’s nice. I’m testing it out over at my personal blog, marshallk.com and there are a list of other blogs using it on the Intense Debate site. One issue I do see is that the commenting platform takes a moment to pull in its host blog’s CSS, that’s not ideal. I wonder if a copy of my stylesheet could be cached with Intense Debate. Throughout the site it would also be nice if avatars were larger, visual recognition of faces is huge in tools like this.Important DifferentiationThe comment plug-in market is a really crowded one, but there are some things about Intense Debate that warrant an extra close look. (Update: Wednesday morning saw a $1m VC investment in a more lightweight competitor, SezWho. TechCrunch coverage is good. You may or may not feel inclined to use a service like this, and we’ll see how it holds up against spam over time, but at the very least – I think Intense Debate is a classy operation that deserves some attention for its technology implementation in a crowded market space. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Ease of install. One tiny PHP file is all it took me to get Intense Debate running on my Word Press blog. It was remarkably easy.last_img read more

Paradise by the Stashboard Light

first_imgThe first thing you’ll want to do is get your API Credentials and follow the example scripts that will allow you to push from your existing monitoring framework to your brand new status page. Why You Love Online Quizzes The examples above were taken from rwwstatus.appspot.com. Now that you’ve seen how quickly you can put Stashboard into action you have no reason not to give your users and customers a better idea of what your status is at any given time.Are you currently using Stashboard or other status page solutions? What have you connected to these status pages? Let us know in the comments below! Related Posts Perhaps you have launched already. You’re up. You’re running. The next thing you know the whole stack is down! You’re back up again. A week goes by and… you remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday! Now you need to make sure everyone knows about your status. Put down that meatloaf and let’s take a look an easy to deploy status dashboard from the folks behind Twilio.Let me sleep() on itStashboard might look familiar if you have seen the Amazon AWS Status Page or the Google Apps Status Page. If you are providing a hosted service or API you can use Stashboard to create a fully customized status page hosted within Google App Engine.To be clear, Stashboard provides the status page and isn’t a monitoring system or a method for polling against third party services. Rather, Stashboard is a succinct way to summarize the alerts and status of services you are providing to your users. It’s up to you to send the alerts and status updates to Stashboard. As a Stashboard administrator you’ll have access to basic CRUD through the actual web interface. Now you can explore and test by updating status as an automated or ad hoc operation. You can even control how your legend of status indicators is displayed. Tags:#hack#Tools jay cuthrell Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Before we go any furtherGetting started with Stashboard is as simple as having a basic understanding of Google App Engine, Google App Engine Launcher and editing basic Python. From there you can customize and explore the options as both a regular user and an administrator within Google App Engine. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

Florida ~ Property Tax: Just Value Homestead Exemption Amendments Approved

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportFlorida voters approved Amendment 5 in the November 8, 2016, general election to change the current property tax exemption that may be granted for property with just value less than $250,000 owned by certain senior, low-income, long-term residents to specify that just value is determined in the first year in which the owner applies and is eligible for the exemption. The amendment will take effect January 1, 2017, and will apply retroactively to the 2013 tax roll for any person who received the exemption before 2017. Individuals who were granted the exemption in prior years but became ineligible because the just value of the homestead rose above $250,000 may regain the exemption if they otherwise are still eligible and apply for a refund.PTO 16-08, Florida Department of Revenue, November 9, 2016, ¶206-228last_img read more

Justin Gilbert Sets 10 Alarms to Prevent Oversleeping

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. During his young NFL career, former Oklahoma State defensive back Justin Gilbert has yet to live up to the lofty expectations thrust upon him after Cleveland selected him as a top 10 pick several years ago.And a major theme of criticism on him throughout his professional career, among several things, is his poor attendance to team meetings, thanks in part to what Gilbert himself says is attributed to him being a “hard sleeper.”Now Gilbert, with the Steelers, has a solution to that problem by setting 10 alarms each night.Here’s what he said about his excess alarms via ESPN.com:And I’m not even exaggerating,” Gilbert said via ESPN.com. “I can show you.”Gilbert’s “clock” app shows 10 wake-up calls, the first at 5:45 a.m. Gilbert allows himself a snooze — don’t we all? — but the next alarm hits at 6 a.m., followed by 6:07. The other seven are solely to satisfy his paranoia about sleeping too long. He never hears them, he says. “Once 6 hits, bam-bam-bam — I’ve got to get up,” said Gilbert, who readies for 8:20 special teams meetings Wednesday through Friday.So yeah, with 10 alarms, his missed meetings issue should be one of the past. As a heavy sleeper myself, I can attest that multiple alarms is the way to go. I mean, making several million dollars a year would probably do enough to motivate me to wake up, but if it keeps him out of trouble and on the field then good for him.last_img read more

Big 12 Announces Conference Will Remain Without Divisions

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. On Friday morning the Big 12 announced that they have decided not to split the conference into two divisions in anticipation of the 2017 Big 12 Championship game in football.#Big12FB: When the championship game returns in 2017, it will be No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the conference standings – https://t.co/F8uuSbORCV ?? pic.twitter.com/ZFnmWSb9Np— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 28, 2016This is kind of a curious choice but probably shouldn’t be too surprising. It basically forgoes any drama over division alignment.Here’s what Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said about the news in a statement Friday:Given our round-robin, nine-game scheduling model, it is expected the Big 12 champion will be uniquely positioned for College Football Playoff consideration.I would argue there will be no path more difficult than our champion’s, where it will have played every team in the Conference, faced at least one Autonomy Conference non-conference opponent, and then plays in our championship game.The guaranteed No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup will be a great game for our fans, and it’s hard to imagine a stronger position for a conference champion.Of course the nightmare scenario would be something that could have played out as recently as last year (had there been a title game). Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the conference when they met for Bedlam, the de facto title game. Meaning that after Bedlam, OU and a OSU would have turned around and played each other for the title in the next game.Say Oklahoma wins in Stillwater and then Mason Rudolph comes back and the Cowboys find away to beat the Sooners on a neutral field. Doesn’t that effectively knock the Big 12 out of the College Football Playoff? I think you’re playing with fire a little there.Maybe it never works out that way. Maybe it does. Either way it seems like another dysfunctional move from a dysfunctional conference.I do agree that playing an extra conference game has value, IF those making decisions value your conference. But that selling point has had no buyers in the national landscape over the last couple of years.last_img read more

Gary Patterson says TCU “got their butt kicked” by OSU

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After Oklahoma State’s shellacking of the Horned Frogs at their own place on Saturday, TCU head coach Gary Patterson did not hold back about his thoughts. He knew his team got his butt kicked.“They kicked our butts,” Patterson said. “You have to be able to run the football when you get inside the 5, and you’ve got to tackle. That was as easy a game to have a definition of as I’ve had in a while. It’s been a long time in my 19 years where we got our butts kicked at home. That was one of them.”Oklahoma State manhandled TCU from start to finish at Amon Carter Stadium, rushing for 334 yards and holding them to just 6 points — the fewest points ever scored under Gary Patterson, and their lowest output since 1998.He didn’t stop there, either. Instead he went on the offensive about his offense.“Shoot, maybe we’ll be changing offenses again,” he said. “You have to be able to run the football. Definitely how we practice and do things in the spring and in two-a-days, I can tell you that. Then we’ll play.“The bottom line is we got our butt kicked. It’s a lot more gut-wrenching to get a field goal blocked and lose by two points than getting your butt kicked. It’s more helpless. You can’t do anything about it. We had three guys get run over. You’ve got to decide if you want to be a football player. It’s simple.”Wow!last_img read more

League Wide: One Big Happy Family

first_imgI think Baylor’s time is coming. Either through NCAA sanctions or even through some kind of Big 12 penalty. Heck, I can see Baylor’s biggest punishment coming from conference realignment. If the Big 12 folds, and everyone scrambles to fill the empty seats and make four 16-team leagues, why wouldn’t Baylor be left standing without a chair? [NewsOK] Let’s take a look at some news around the league from this week.Where There’s a WillWhile other leagues may have more NFL-output, the Big 12 may be onto an idea for how to pitch the league as a better path to the NFL. Secrets of Snyder BallThe Lockett family tree continuing to branch isn’t the secret sauce in Snyder Ball.In other words, Snyder’s 60-31 record this decade (39-23 in the Big 12) has been built largely off his ability to regularly field strong defensive lines that can get a pass-rush with four guys.That Snyder has regularly fielded some of the hardest talent to find (DL) despite one of the league’s lowest rated rosters (per 247 composite rankings) is some of the true wizardry of the second Snyder-era. [Football Study Hall]Hasn’t that been the under-the-radar secret to Glenn Spencer’s defenses lately too? Calvin Barnett -> Emmanuel Ogbah -> Vincent Taylor has been incredible for a pass rush.Fat and HappyHard to imagine Texas, OU and the Big 12’s top earners complaining about the setup.https://twitter.com/Brett_McMurphy/status/870769023805530112Those numbers are looking pretty good relatively.Why the NCAA isn’t going to punish BaylorOne of the better explanations for why Baylor won’t get the death penalty.If even a fraction of what is alleged is true, those responsible should face serious punishment from every organization that governed them while employed at Baylor.But they won’t. Sure, Baylor fired coach Art Briles and president Ken Starr and forced out athletic director Ian McCaw. But none of them is going to jail. In fact, Briles got paid millions to go away and keep his mouth shut. (He didn’t do either but still has the money.) McCaw, meanwhile, got hired for the same job at Liberty University. The NCAA, meanwhile, has done nothing because it can’t do anything.Will the NCAA punish the Ole Miss football program for the distribution of an alleged $37,310 in cash, goods and services to players and recruits? Sure. The NCAA has rules against paying people for being good at a sport. But it has no rules against any of the awful things that happened at Baylor. States have rules against those things. So does the federal government. The NCAA does not. [Yahoo Sports]In short, because it can’t. Will be interesting to see what happens with Ole Miss though. Can we vacate the Sugar Bowl-loss if they have to vacate the win?Counterpoint from Tramel is that the bill will eventually come due at realignment. Getting out on the leading edge and letting underclassmen declare and come back seems like a solid move.Think TwiceThe Dallas Morning News has a pretty good argument why OU should ride out the storms in the Big 12.But my general response to Finebaum and his contention that Oklahoma wants out is to ask: In order to do what? Go to the SEC and almost never see the CFP again? Sooners going to win more games in the SEC than they do now, especially if they are placed geographically in the West with Alabama, LSU, Auburn, the Aggies, Miss State, etc.?Seems to me OU has a pretty good gig, especially since UT has been down for seven years. I wouldn’t be in a rush to leave that, leave the rivalries with Texas and Oklahoma State in the dirt to go chase more SEC money and collect more losses. [SportsDay]Oklahoma State isn’t the only one who’d deathly struggle to see ten wins again in the SEC. Now in the Pac-12 maybe that’s a different story but let’s sit tight until that day comes.Also, David Boren appears pretty willing to ride it out — at least publicly.Oklahoma President David Boren says he feels “much more confident” about Big 12 outlook that 2-3 years ago or even last year.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 1, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. “We are going to spend some time talking about access to the draft in football,” commissioner Bob Bowlsby said after the first day of spring meetings Wednesday, “and being able to receive draft advice similar to the basketball rule that was adopted a year ago, that might allow student athletes to test their value in the draft and still return to school to continue their eligibility.” [Tulsa World] Blazing BelltowersPretty impressive stuff here recently from UT, can we get fireworks over Edmond Low after the May graduation?Celebration over the UT tower for the 2017 grads. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/CXIjQ3CKhP— Gary Runn (@GaryRunn) May 21, 2017last_img read more

Preseason All-Big 12 Ballot: How Pistols Firing Voted

first_imgThe Preseason All-Big 12 results are in, and four OSU players—three on offense, and one on defense—have been named to the list.Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington, running back Justice Hill, offensive lineman Zachary Crabtree and safety Tre Flowers were all included on the team, with Washington being one of only three unanimous Big 12 preseason selections.Only skill position player to be named All-Big 12 first team unanimously. pic.twitter.com/6zc6FwlJHz— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) July 12, 2017AdChoices广告The Pistols Firing team was granted a preseason vote this year, and as a show of transparency, we’re posting our ballot—along with our explanations—in the post below. Let’s get to it.Preseason All-Big 12 Team | POYs Offensive POYDefensive POYNewcomer of the Year Baker Mayfield (OKlahoma)Dorance Armstrong Jr. (Kansas)Tyron Johnson (Oklahoma State) Among our team, there was a consensus that Mayfield took the top spot at quarterback. Given his production and his 2017 projection, we felt he was the best choice, slightly edging out Rudolph for the top spot on our ballot.You might hate him, but setting the FBS single-season pass efficiency rating record and ranking first nationally in completion percentage (70.9) and yards-per-pass attempt is tough to argue with. Plus, he was a Heisman finalist. There was actually a faction in our camp arguing for Rudolph because the majority of us think he’s actually the better player and pro prospect, but we couldn’t in good conscience put him ahead of Mayfield (as much as we wanted to).Running back Justice Hill and Justin Crawford were also consensus among our team, with Baylor’s Terence Williams getting consideration as well. The wide receivers, too, were fairly easy choices for our team as well, with Washington and Lazard being the clearest candidates for first-team consideration.As far as the linemen go, OU’s Orlando Brown, West Virginia’s Kyle Bosch and Texas’ Connor Williams are locks to eventually play at the next level. We added Austin Schlottman and Dalton Risner based on last year’s production.The only place we differentiated with the media consensus on offense was, ironically having Bosch over Zach Crabtree as well as Dimitri Flowers instead of Winston Dimel. Baker Mayfield (OU)Justice Hill (OSU)James Washington (OSU) Mark Andrews (OU) Malcolm Roach (Texas)D.J. Reed (Kansas State) Our bias showed from the very beginning! We had Odell Beckham-Jerry Rice-Rob Gronkowski hybrid Tyron Johnson as our Newcomer of the Year. Will Grier of West Virginia ended up being the media consensus. Baker Mayfield and Dorance Armstrong were pretty easy choices for POY (more on them in a minute).Preseason All-Big 12 Team | Defense The defensive line and linebackers were pretty easy to pick. As far as production, there’s a clear-cut Tier 1 headlined by KU’s Dorance Armstrong, who notched 10 sacks last season, and OU’s Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who had eight of his own and was a force off the edge.The defensive backs is where we argued—outside of Flowers and Thomas, defensive back production can be deceiving. Not all pass deflections and interceptions are created equal. But we went with Kamari Cotton-Moya, D.J. Reed, and Nick Orr—the latter of which had his production sliced because of a move to linebacker last season.For punter, the media consensus pointed to Texas’ Michael Dickson, but people are quick to forget how good Sinor is. He has his own Heisman campaign after all. Sinor was the only slot in which we differentiated with the media consensus.Preseason All-Big 12 Conference Team | Offense While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Dimitri Flowers (OU)Keke Coutee (Texas Tech) QuarterbackRB/FBWR/TE Connor Williams (Texas)Clayton Hatfield (Texas Tech)KaVonte Turpin (TCU)center_img K.J. Smith (Baylor)Nick Orr (TCU) Reggie Walker (Kansas StateTravin Howard (TCU)Jordan Thomas (OU) Dorance Armstrong Jr. (Kansas)Malik Jefferson (Texas)Tre Flowers (OSU)Zach Sinor (OSU) DLineLinebackerDefensive BackPunter Poona Ford (Texas)Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (OU)Kamari Cotton-Moya (ISU) Austin Schlottman (TCU) Kyle Bosch (West Virginia) Dalton Risner (Kansas State) Justin Crawford (West Virginia)Allen Lazard (Iowa State) Orlando Brown (OU) OLineKickerPR/KRlast_img read more

Offensive Lineman Darrell Simpson Commits to OU over OSU, Ohio State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Offensive line target Darrell Simpson announced Saturday he has committed to the University of Oklahoma over OSU, TCU, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas and LSU.Simpson is a four-star, top-200 talent from Northwest High School in Justin, Texas, widely viewed as a top-10 prospect at his position in the region. He recently included OSU in his group of final 8 schools but ultimately picked the Sooners in favor of OSU.AdChoices广告“First and foremost I want to thank God, my parents, my sister and family for you have been my support system through it all and I love you,” he said on Twitter. “This decision was not an easy one, but I will continue my academics and athletic endeavors at the University of Oklahoma.”OSU was in the mix with Simpson for several years, extending a scholarship offer two years ago, but with multiple coaching changes at the offensive line position it made it difficult to maintain a steady relationship with the blue-chip prospect from Texas.Fortunately for Oklahoma State, it has commitments at offensive line from Bryce Bray, Hunter Anthony, Hunter Woodard, Tyrese Williams and Jacob Farrell, so the offensive line position is more than loaded already. But adding a player of Simpson’s size and talents would have been the perfect polish to finish off the class in style. Now, it seems, OSU will be competing against Simpson in Bedlam for the foreseeable future.last_img read more