Cllr Alcorn officially takes up position on new Udaras Board

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme By News Highland – August 21, 2013 News Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Donegal County Cllr David Alcorn has today officially been ratified to take up his position on the Board of Udaras na Gaeltactha.He had been nominated by Dongeal County Council to sit on the new Udaras board in October last year, but the nomination wasn’t ratified by Junior Minister Dinny McGinley, pending the investigation into his expenses claims.A fortnight ago the Standards in Public Office Commision cleared Cllr Alcorn wrongdoing a fortnight ago.And speaking to Highland Radio News this morning, Cllr Alcorn says he has now formally accpeted his position on the Udaras Board:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/alcorn.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Previous articleDirector of LYIT says Northwest Science Park project has huge potentialNext articleReport into Donegal creches finds risk of scalding and strangulation News Highland Pinterest Cllr Alcorn officially takes up position on new Udaras Board Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitterlast_img read more

Berbatov: Ighalo proving me wrong

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Dimitar Berbatov has admitted that Odion Ighalo is proving him wrong at Manchester United so far, praising him for his goalscoring, strength and technical ability. Some eyebrows were raised when United brought Ighalo in on a short-term loan deal in January, given that they had been linked with the likes of Erling Braut Haaland instead, but the Nigerian striker is starting to settle in at Old Trafford. The former Watford forward has now scored three goals for his new club, despite not making a Premier League start since his move – and ex-United striker Berbatov has admitted that Ighalo is impressing him. “I’m really happy to see that Odion Ighalo is settling in well,” Berbatov wrote for Betfair, “and he deserves it with the way he is playing, how he links the plays and the goals he is scoring. “All the team are happy when he scores which shows he is fully integrated, and I like the way he looks for the ball and bullies the defenders. “I’ll be honest, I didn’t know too much about him before he joined, obviously I knew about his record in the Premier League, but I questioned if he was the right man and if he would get into the team, but so far he is doing well and proving me wrong. “When you need to play more direct in a game you need a presence in the box, a guy who knows how to get onto the end of a ball, bully the defenders and win the ball. “Ighalo can do that, but he can also play, is technically good as well, he can keep the ball and give it to his team-mates and get into the box, that’s why I like him. “He doesn’t just stay in the box and try to head the ball. He is linking really well with others and that shows in the team performances when he is involved.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed a few weeks ago that Ighalo’s impact thus far may even put him in contention for a permanent transfer to United.Tags: Dimitar BerbatovFOOTBALLManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOld TraffordPremier Leaguesportlast_img read more

Chelsea crush Arsenal, Liverpool lose in Premier League

first_imgBy Ian ChadbandLONDON,(Reuters)-Chelsea moved another step towards regaining the Premier League title with a 3-1 drubbing of Arsenal in the table-topping London derby at Stamford Bridge yesterday as only Tottenham Hotspur maintained their distant pursuit of the leaders.Antonio Conte’s side moved 12 points clear of Arsenal with a performance decorated by one of the goals of the season, a dazzling individual effort from Eden Hazard starting from near the halfway line.The 2015 champions’ command at the top of the table was strengthened further with fourth-placed Liverpool falling 13 points adrift after their wretched 2017 continued with a shock 2-0 defeat at resurgent Hull City.Only second-placed Spurs, the one team to have defeated Chelsea in their last 17 matches in all competitions, appear up for the fight, reducing the gap at the top to nine points with their 1-0 win over Middlesbrough in the day’s late match.Hull’s win over Liverpool saw them clamber up one place to 18th in the relegation zone while another startling result featured Crystal Palace, who lost 4-0 at home to bottom club Sunderland, with all the goals coming in the first half.Conte was a satisfied man as he watched Chelsea avenge their worst defeat of the season in September at the Emirates, the 3-0 reverse that prompted him to change their tactical approach.The Blues have never looked back since and an early header from Marcos Alonso, the dazzling second-half solo goal from Hazard and a poor clearance from Petr Cech that allowed Cesc Fabregas to chip into an unguarded net in the dying minutes sealed their revenge.Hazard’s goal was, by his own admission, “beautiful”. The Belgian picked up the ball just inside his own half, swerved away from Laurent Koscielny, outmuscled Francis Coquelin and turned Koscielny inside out again before beating Cech from close range.Olivier Giroud earned a stoppage-time consolation goal but a fourth defeat in nine league matches effectively ended Arsenal’s title hopes for another season as they now lie third on 47 points, after 24 games, to Chelsea’s 59.“It was an important game. I consider Arsenal one of the six teams that can fight for the title until the end of the season. To put them 12 points behind is very important for us,” said Conte, after presiding over a 14th home win in 15 games at Stamford Bridge.“In every session they show me great attitude and great will to fight and win this league.”Liverpool’s defeat looked to have ended their challenge too as Juergen Klopp’s men succumbed to goals from Hull’s on-loan Senegalese strikers, Alfred N’Diaye and Oumar Niasse.It continued a woeful run for the Reds in 2017, who have won just once in their last 10 games, leaving a baffled Klopp to suggest their slump made “no sense”.Tottenham, though, appear to continue to believe as they stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 14 games and hit the half-century of points, with Harry Kane’s second-half penalty earning victory in a game they dominated but made heavy weather of sealing at White Hart Lane.Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe scored twice in first-half stoppage time as he turned Sam Allardyce’s reunion with his former club into a nightmare, the Palace boss having to watch his side ship three goals in six minutes before the break.Sunderland remain bottom on 19 points but now have the same tally as Palace, one behind Hull, who are making dramatic strides under new Portuguese boss Marco Silva.Everton, unbeaten in the league since Christmas, continued their excellent run with Romelu Lukaku scoring four in their helter-skelter 6-3 win over Bournemouth, his first coming after just 30 seconds to equal the fastest in the League this season.The Belgian international striker is now the league’s leading marksman with 16 goals with Chelsea’s Costa and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez on 15 and Kane and Defoe on 14 along with Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.last_img read more

Badger blue line gaining confidence

first_imgSophomore defender Saige Pacholok has a plus/minus ratio of plus-11 after six games this season.[/media-credit]It’s easy to look past the defense when the Wisconsin women’s hockey team averages almost a goal and a half more than any other team in the WCHA. However with every passing game, Wisconsin’s young defensive core garners more respect, solidifying the zone where the team spends the least amount of time.Through 10 games this season the Badgers boast the second best goals-against average (1.8 per game) in the conference. The Badgers’ sole senior defenseman, Geena Prough, understands that the defense’s success stems not only from the veteran leadership, but also from the group’s effort entirely.“I’ve just made it a point to keep their confidence up, give them any insight I’ve learned from the coaches or my fellow teammates as well, and just stayed positive with them because we’re a group back there together, and I’m only as good as my partner next to me,” Prough said.Four out of the five blue-liners next to Prough returned from last season. The extra year of experience together has galvanized the group, which breeds positive results on the ice.“We have the same defensive core, except for one new freshman, so I think we’re all getting used to each other. We have really good communication skills with each other because we are all really close,” sophomore Saige Pacholok said.The gelling process amongst the young defensemen began last season when Pacholok and sophomore Stefani McKeough joined the Badgers.This year McKeough arrived with a better preparedness for not only the stiff competition the Badgers can face year in and year out, but also how to cope with life as a student athlete.Already a talented player, as she represented Canada on the U-18 National Team, during the offseason and before each practice McKeough works on her speed to keep pace with the frenetic WCHA level.“I’m always going to try and work on my skating, especially as a defenseman you have got to work on being fast forwards and backwards. It kind of takes double the time to be just as fast,” McKeough said.Pacholok, the other sophomore defenseman and McKeough’s teammate on Canada’s National Team, believes she has improved her game as well.Already with an ability to make quick decisions on the ice and a keen eye for the timely outlet pass, the additional year of experience makes a big difference in Pacholok’s eyes.“It’s confidence. I feel a lot more comfortable this year, and I think you could talk to any other sophomore on the team or even other players and they would say the same thing. We’re all getting used to each other and that’s good,” Pacholok said.One of the players Pacholok must begin to ‘get used to,’ Wisconsin native and freshman Kelly Jaminski is learning the speed of the game herself this year.Equipped with incredible reach and a lethal shot, Jaminski adds even more strength to the Badger blue line.“She brings size, she’s got a great shot and passes the puck hard. Confidence will come with experience, and I think that she will become a really good player if she can play with confidence and listen to what the coaches have to say,” Pacholok said.Geena Prough understands the difficulty that freshmen face while adjusting to the big stage of Division-I hockey, a pressure likely amplified by the success of the Badgers this season. But Prough has already seen the freshman positively contribute thus far.“It’s always tough freshman year to get thrown into the fire a little bit. But I think [last] weekend at Minnesota she really stepped her game up and proved that she belongs at this level. She did really well,” Prough said.Throughout the beginning of the season head coach Mark Johnson has vehemently preached the value of consistency in his team’s effort, either during practice or games.The way the defense can reach the level of consistency Johnson wants is through achieving the goals that the group set at the beginning of the season. According to McKeough, the defense wants to lower the amount of time in the defensive zone and make better breakout passes at the most opportune times.Although, McKeough understands that the games where the group fails to reach those goals are just as important as when they meet them.“When we don’t achieve the goals, whether it’s during one period when we have more time in the defensive zone, we can look at the things we did wrong and correct them in the next period or the next game,” McKeough said.last_img read more

Premier League clubs vote for return to longer summer transfer window

first_imgPremier League clubs have voted to change the summer transfer window to bring it in line with the rest of Europe.For the past two seasons, the window in England has closed the day before the top-flight campaign began.In a statement, the Premier League said the deadline has been changed to the “traditional point at the end of August/early September”.The 2020 closing date will be 1 September at 1600GMTThe vote was taken at a Premier League shareholders’ meeting in London on Thursday.The transfer window was moved to the start of August in England following complaints from clubs and managers that keeping it open after the start of the season was disruptive.It was hoped major leagues across Europe would also bring their own windows forward.However, that did not happen and a number of clubs found themselves in the uncomfortable position of knowing their players were in demand across the continent but unable to bring in replacements for anyone they wanted to sell.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has previously voiced support for bringing the closure of the summer transfer window back in line with the rest of Europe.“I don’t care when it closes, but it must close at the same time,” he said in September. “They spoke about finishing it before the season starts. Good idea, but only England did it. That makes no sense. It was a good idea but it didn’t work out.” Source: BBClast_img read more

Another milestone for KAT-7 telescope

first_img29 September 2011The Square Kilometre Array South Africa team have reached another milestone with the completion of the seven antennas of the prototype KAT-7 and the delivery of the telescope’s first astronomical image.South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built.The KAT-7 is a prototype for the MeerKAT radio telescope array, an 80-dish precursor instrument for the SKA, being built by the SKA South Africa team on the Karoo Astronomy Reserve outside the small town of Carnarvon in the Northern Cape province.First astronomical imageLast month, SKA South Africa announced that all seven of the KAT-7’s dishes had been fitted with “cold” radio receivers, signaling the successful completion of the telescope antennas.The first astronomical image – of the galaxy Centaurus A, whose intense radio emission is powered by a massive black hole in the centre of the galaxy – has already been made using cold receivers on all seven KAT-7 dishes.According to SKA South Africa, the resulting image was much more sensitive than a preliminary image made with just four of the KAT-7 dishes fitted with un-cooled receivers in 2010.“The radio receivers and all their components are cooled to about 70 Kelvin (minus 203 Celsius) in order to reduce the ‘noise’ which is inherent in all radio (and TV) receivers,” SKA South Africa said in a statement. “This allows the telescope to see much fainter objects than it would if the receivers and ‘feeds’ operated at room temperature and were not cooled.”‘Early science’ for the MeerKAT and SKAThe improvement would allow the KAT-7 to perform “early science” in preparation for the MeerKAT and the SKA.“These preliminary observations will be focused on the needs of the MeerKAT large survey projects, and include imaging of nearby galaxies and work on radio transients and pulsars, for which KAT-7 is well suited.”The KAT-7 is testing technology for the MeerKAT, which is in its early construction phase and is due for completion in 2016.The MeerKAT, besides being an important step towards the realization of the SKA, will be among the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right, providing African scientists and engineers with a cutting-edge instrument for revolutionary science and technology.“This latest milestone in the development of the KAT-7 telescope has again been achieved on schedule,” said MeerKAT project manager Willem Esterhuyse.Esterhuyse commended the technical staff on the site – Siyabulela Tshongweni, Sibusiso Wakhaba, Andre Walker and Matthys Maree – all of whom have been trained in their special high-tech skills by the SKA SA project.The international science funding agencies and governments involved in the international SKA consortium are due to announce the winning bidder for the SKA in 2012, with construction likely to start in 2016 and take place in phases over several years, with completion by about 2022.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Urban Rustic: Ventilation Baffles

first_imgMaking ventilation chutes on siteWhen I realized the AccuVent wasn’t right for our project, it was a moment of, “Uh-oh, now what the hell do I do?”I assumed there must be a sturdier plastic baffle, but I never found one. Instead, I came across this article by Martin Holladay. As usual, old reliable — GBA — had already addressed the issue.It was nice to have a solution, but I also knew it would be time-consuming and back-breaking (also neck-straining) — the only thing worse than working with sheet goods is working with sheet goods above your head on a ladder. Nevertheless, I would sleep better knowing it was panels of OSB rubbing up against two feet of blown-in cellulose insulation rather than sheets of flimsy plastic. Long-term solutions do wonders for peace of mind.I used 2×4 blocks as a base for each ventilation chute — first, screwing the blocks to the roof trusses, then after putting the OSB into place, screwing through the OSB and into the bottom of each block. The image at the top of this post shows the first chute after I had put it into place and sealed the perimeter with OSI Quad Max sealant.There weren’t always sizable gaps where the OSB chute met the top of the Zip wall sheathing, but they did occur. When there was a gap, caused by a bend in the OSB chute or unevenness in the top of the wall sheathing, it looked like Image #3, below. These gaps could be fixed with narrow strips of OSB and OSI sealant, in the end looking like Image #4.I showed up on one rainy morning to continue installing the chutes. Image #5 shows the dramatic difference in before and after — light spilling into the interior through the soffits without chutes, and with chutes installed and sealed on the right. Image #6 shows the top of the wall from the outside with an air gap that will allow air to flow from the soffit into the attic, and then out at the ridge vents.Once the chutes were installed, I was finally ready to put the Intello membrane on the ceiling, which thankfully I didn’t have to install by myself (Image #7). I’ll describe that process in my next post here at GBA. Our structure was designed with a “cold roof,” or ventilated roof assembly. By having continuous ventilation in our north and south soffits, with a ridge vent on the top of our roof, outdoor air can freely enter the soffits and exit out the ridge vent. The benefits of this set-up are explained in this article by the Building Science Corporation, plus the first two articles you see listed in the “Related Articles” sidebar below.We plan on using Cor-A-Vent in the soffits.In order to make this kind of roof assembly work, ventilation baffles (also called ventilation chutes) are necessary, especially if the attic is going to have a significant amount of insulation, in particular blown-in insulation, that could potentially move around and block off the soffit ventilation from the attic, thereby short circuiting air flow from the soffits through the roof’s ridge vent.When it was time to install the ventilation baffles, I assumed I could just go to one of the big box stores and (thankfully for a change) just buy something off the shelf. It didn’t work out that way. Home Depot had Durovent (a foam-based ventilation baffle) and an AccuVent baffle (black plastic). Both were a disappointment.I didn’t buy the Durovent — when I saw it on the shelf and handled it in the store it looked cheap and unimpressive. It was hard to imagine it holding up under the pressure of any significant amount of blown-in insulation pressing against it. RELATED ARTICLES All About Attic Venting A Crash Course in Roof VentingSite-Built Ventilation Baffles for RoofsFans in the Attic: Do They Help or Do They Hurt?Q&A: Is Soffit Venting Necessary With a Vented Rainscreen? BLOGS BY ERIC WHETZEL Up on the RoofA Light Down BelowKneewalls, Subfloor, and Exterior WallsLet the Framing BeginDetails for an Insulated FoundationThe Cedar Siding Is Here — Let’s Burn ItAn Introduction to a New Passive House Project The AccuVent product that Home Depot carried only worked in a straight line (no curve to wrap over the back of the Zip sheathing at the top of our wall assembly), which would be ideal for a cathedral ceiling application. After looking around online, I found another AccuVent product described in a company video that looked like it would work (see Image #2, below.)Seeing the video made me think it would be an easy installation, but once I had the product and tried to install one, the realization hit that they would be a pain to air seal properly, and again, I had concerns about how it would do over the long term with blown-in insulation pressing up against it. Editor’s note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The first blog in his series was called An Introduction to a New Passive House Project; a list of Eric’s previous posts appears below. For more details, see Eric’s blog, Kimchi & Kraut.last_img read more

VOLUNTEER SMALL EQUIPMENT GRANTS- OPPORTUNITY FOR TOUCH

first_imgDoes your local Association or Permit run on the strength and hard work of volunteers and always need more assistance in terms of equipment? This information may just strike a chord with you. On 27 January 2005, the Minister for Family and Community Services Kay Patterson announced funding for the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005 to help Australia’s volunteers to carry on with their vital work. Organisations can apply for grants of up to $3000 to buy small equipment items that support the work of volunteers by making it easier, safer and/or more enjoyable. Under the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005, priority will be given to organisations that: * have relatively small operating budgets with limited funding sources and a relatively high volunteer to staff ratio; * demonstrate that their requested equipment will provide maximum benefit to all their volunteers by making their work safer, easier and/or more enjoyable; * demonstrate that the organisation’s work supports families and/or strengthens their local communities; * have requested equipment that will have maximum benefit in the local community for a small outlay; and * have not received funding under VSEG 2003 or VSEG 2004. Organisations are encouraged to complete and submit their application form online. For more information or the online application form, simply use the following link to visit the Australian Government website. For further information or to request an application form be posted to you, please phone the toll free Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005 Hotline on 1800 153 477. Organisations with special needs may contact the department on TTY 1800 055 001. Applications close at 5pm EDST Friday 4 March 2005. It is important to note that online applications received and postal applications post-marked after this date will not be included in the assessment process. Before completing the application form, please ensure that you have read the guidelines and that you are familiar with the purpose of the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005. GRANTS OPPORTUNITY FOR TOUCH VOLUNTEERSlast_img read more

TOUCH-e-TALK ONLINE NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER EDITION

first_imgThe September edition of ‘Touch-e-Talk’, the online newsletter has been released. It contains several feature stories on the upcoming National 18’s Championships and also the All Nations tournament, Volunteer of the Month, coaching drills and more. Please click here to view the newsletter: TOUCH-e-TALK SEPTEMBER 2005 EDITION If you would like to join the mailing list for future newsletters, please email [email protected]last_img