Jim Larkin, a Renowned Hero

Jim Larkin carried out several manual works, and later he got a position where he worked as the foreman at Liverpool docks. Jim was a socialist, and he aimed at protecting the rights of the workers.

Jim Larkin became part of the (NUDL) National Union of Dock Laborers and later in 1905, and he managed to be a permanent trade union organizer. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and James Larkin – Wikipedia

The NUDL was bored by the strikes of Jim Larked, and as a result in 1907 they moved him to Dublin. While in Dublin, Larkin launched a union called Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU). Jim aimed to put all the industrial workers including the skilled and unskilled into a common union.

In 1908, Jim outlined ITGU’s political programme; legal eight hours’ day, pension for all the employees aged 60 years and provision of jobs to all unemployed. Adult suffrage, mandatory Arbitration Courts, the nationalism of canals and all transport means.

In the year 1912 Jim Larkin and James Connolly established a union known as Irish Labor Party and this union led several strikes and the most prominent was the Dublin Lockout in 1913. The unskilled employees in Dublin had minor rights. Not less than approximately 100,000 employees participated in the strike that lasted for roughly more than seven months, and they were able to win rights to fair employment.

In 1914, Jim Larkin planned to go for a lecture trip to the United States as he raised some money to fight the British. In America, Jim joined the (IWW) Industrial Workers of the World and the Socialist Party of America. While Jim Larkin was still in America, in 1916 the Easter Rising occurred in Ireland. James Connolly, the friend of Jim Larkin, did not survive the Easter Rising, he died on 17th March 1918.

Later, Mr. Larkin formed the James Connolly Socialist Club in the city of New York. The club became the heart of the left-wing activities. In 1920, Jim was convicted of illegal anarchy and communism he was pardoned after three years and taken back to Ireland. In 1924, Jim was rewarded by the Communist International after successfully organizing Ireland’s Workers’ Union.

Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/


Josh Smith leads Modular Greenhouses to cut energy costs and reduce emission of greenhouse gases

Greenhouses are perfect structures that provide a conducive environment for growing crops year-round. Different types of plants can be grown in a greenhouse. Some of the most common crops grown in a greenhouse include vegetables, flowers and other crops. The size of a greenhouse varies with some tiny occupying areas and others that are as big as the size of a football field. Greenhouse technology is mostly applied in areas where conditions aren’t suitable for growing certain crops.

The use of greenhouse technology results in increased production and leads to the production of healthy crops that are grown in controlled environments. However, despite the many advantages of installing a greenhouse on your farm, it also comes with some challenges. Greenhouses require a lot of energy to maintain. High amounts of energy are needed to maintain greenhouse conditions that are required for proper crop growth.

In the last decade, significant improvements were made on greenhouse technology that helped in minimizing energy consumption and the production of greenhouse gases. Greenhouses that collect solar energy during the day and use them at night were designed to cut energy costs drastically.

However, the most recent developments will help to cut energy costs further and reduce the number of ozone gases produced by greenhouses. The most recent technology was developed by a group of scientists based at the University of California-Santa Cruz. It involves the use of pink panels that are known as Selective Photovoltaic Systems. The scientists managed to tweak the glass roof panels of the greenhouses to grow greenhouse crops and harvest solar power simultaneously.

Growing crops have photoreceptors that can sense various aspects of sunlight wavelengths such as light duration, quality, quantity and even direction of the light. The pink panels have an embedded dye that absorbs the blue and green light wavelengths, which is used to generate solar power. The dye, however, allows the red light wavelength to pass through. The red light wavelength enhances photosynthesis.

About Josh Smith
Joshua Smith is an accomplished U.S-based entrepreneur.  He has successfully established various startups in the sustainable and wellness fields. Joshua Smith is the CEO and the co-founder of Reno-based Modular Greenhouses, as well as other startups. He is passionate about utilizing modern technology in the production processes and adopting techniques that will help in energy and environmental conservation.